Beyond the position as Founder & Executive Director of ORCD Zimbabwe, Chipo Musara Foweraker is a wife, mother and has an intensive background in Special Needs Education, Public Health and Autism. Her professional experience was gained in the United Kingdom as well as Zimbabwe, South Africa and Norway. She has more than 16 years of teaching experience in Zimbabwe and voluntary work in South Africa and Norway. Chipo has been working in the UK since 2002, in National health Services (NHS) hospitals, residential and care homes and in areas of Health and Social Care.
Her education was acquired from the University of Zimbabwe, University of Oslo in Norway and in the United Kingdom, from University of Southampton; Strathclyde University and the University of Liverpool. She holds a Diploma in Special Needs Education; a certificate in Health and Social Care; a Masters in Public Health; a Masters in Autism and is pre-reading for a PhD.
Chipo is driven and motivated by success. She is hard working, reliable and adaptable to change. Chipo has been an entrepreneur in Zimbabwe and her biggest success was her phone shop business in Harare – in partnership with Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and Innscor International Zimbabwe.
On the personal side, she loves music and traditional dances. She loves building and renovating houses. Most of all, her passion is to eradicate human suffering and to make poverty history.
On the 7th of June 2013 she participated on the IF Campaign by handing in a letter to the UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The letter outlines views of the Diaspora organisations on what Mr Cameron should focus on at the 2013 G8 summit in relation to the IF Campaign.
Nyasha is a feminist and a Campaign Strategist committed to working with women to increase their visibility on the global development agenda in Zimbabwe. She takes an interest in exploring global issues affecting women and is working on opening space for effective Advocacy and Lobbing through Visual Documentation and Campaign Based Programming on the general status of women in Zimbabwe. Nyasha has worked in the civic society for the past four years and has contributed greatly to the emergence of the young women’s movement with youth and young women’s organizations such as Institute for Young Women Development, Zimbabwe Young Women’s Network for Peace Building in mining and farming communities.
In addition to her work as a feminist and women’s rights activist, Nyasha sits on three boards of youth led organizations which are Youth Information Education and Behavioral Change Trust (YIEBEC). Hwava Education Trust, and Makkadesh Trust. She is also in the National Advocacy Committee of Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust which partners with more than 60 youth organizations in which she plays an advisory role in making aid effective for youth organizations.
She is also a writer and poet working on promoting the participation of women in telling their own stories through writing. Nyasha is also the founder of Source International, an organisation which seeks to create a global platform for women to resolve local challenges through movement building. She is currently working on her first book.
Samuel Chikura has more than 17 years’ experience working in agricultural research and development, training and extension. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Agriculture from the University of Zimbabwe. He worked as a Principal Livestock Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Research Extension in Zimbabwe for 15 years. During this time he actively participated in the development of on-farm participatory methodologies that are currently being used in Zimbabwe. He also successfully managed a number of international projects including a European Union funded project on Improved Integration of Small Ruminants with a view to Economic and Ecological Sustainable Production in a Small-holder Crop-livestock Production System.
He also worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture and Wildlife Management at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe. He is currently working as an educator in South Africa. Samuel also studied and obtained Part B from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries (CIS). At the moment he is about to complete a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of South Africa and is pre-reading for a PhD.
Fungai holds a Master of Science degree in Public Health and a Bachelor of Science Honours in Biochemistry. He is currently finalising a PhD in Public health and wastewater management. Fungai has over 15years experience in undertaking Water and Sanitation work and has considerable experience in designing, implementation and management.
Fungai has over the years developed keen interest in exploring ways in which WASH interventions can be sustainable and the creation of demand through capacity development. He also has passion to see the integration of WASH and other sectors and as well as how the private sector can play a crucial role in facilitating developmental work.
Fungai is passionate about management excellence, developing and sharing of knowledge and encouraging development of others to achieve specific team goals.
Rudo Mashamba is a single mother of one young adult son and a women’s rights activist.
Rudo was educated at the University of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Institute of Management in Economics and Business Leadership respectively. Being a stickler for good corporate governance, she is pre-reading for a Masters in Strategic Management. She is a Development Practitioner with extensive development work experience, spanning 27 years in the areas of water and sanitation, women in development, gender, HIV and AIDS reproductive health, family law, children’s rights and arts and culture. She has worked in various international, regional and Zimbabwean development organisations and development consultancy firms in project management, grant management, operations management, monitoring and evaluation and training capacities. She has special skills in strategy development, strategic planning, corporate governance training, project monitoring and evaluation and documentation. Her first love is development communications and is at her best when designing and implementing multi-media communication campaigns.
On the women’s rights agenda, Rudo has taken interest in various agendas over the years. Currently she has taken keen interest on single motherhood, motherhood of children with disabilities and women in politics.
Rudo has a passion for preservation of Zimbabwean traditional religion and culture, indigenous knowledge and ethno-medicine and believes that many of the solutions to today’s problems in Zimbabwe can be found there.
Her other passion is arts and culture with all its genres of music, dance, film, theatre, visual arts, literary arts and heritage arts. She was involved in the setting up of this first Arts and Culture Fund in Zimbabwe in 2003 and now she is in the Technical Advisory Committee of Experts on the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust.
Sakios Muduma (Treasurer)