Eddison Mubengo joined Epiphany Trust in 2013. Originally from Mutare, in Eastern Zimbabwe, he grew up in Marange rural community, a little village that is paradoxically known for both its poverty and its great diamond deposits.

Through our longstanding partnership with Jubilee Campaign, the Trust has been aware of the challenges faced by villagers in rural communities in Zimbabwe – particularly farming communities reliant on a variable maize crop – for several years.

So Eddison has joined the Trust in order to establish Jessie’s House, a centre that will provide: a structured education; a nutritional meal; medical care; and proper sanitation, for 25 children, aged 0 to 5.

Based in Muzondo village, which has a surrounding population of about 4500 people, the centre will make a significant difference to the community, as well as helping orphaned children (including children from child-headed families).

In addition, there are plans to establish a bole-hole in the village, as part of the project, delivering clean water to the local population.

There is a great deal of support for the project locally, as well as significant scope for further growth – if successful, the project could be extended to benefit children aged between 5 and 12. Jessie’s House is scheduled to open in early 2016.