Michael Project is a ministry of River of Life Church in Harare (Zimbabwe), and
has been established as a result of the needs of children at risk in Zimbabwe.
It is named after an orphan adopted in 1994, whose biological parents were
Mozambican refugees and victims of HIV/ AIDS. Michael died in 1995.
project is in the process of a transition of leadership, as founding leaders
Dave and Helen Hobbs take up a more ambassadorial role. Simba and Barbara
Pfupajena now head a management team that draws on the gifting and experience
of key individuals who have a passion for taking on the challenge of addressing
the plight of children at risk. That leadership team continues to rely on
the invaluable support of the Eldership of River of Life Church. Simba and
Barbara are adoptive parents and come from internal auditing and administrative
working backgrounds respectively. They are both University of South
Africa graduates, with Barbara holding a BA - Health Sciences and Social
Services, and Simba holds a BCom - Internal Auditing.
Nyarenda, a Hatfield Bible College (Pretoria, South Africa) graduate is a key
part of the management team is, having joined the Michael Project in
2006. Beyond the pastoral oversight, Rephat also provides a vital link to
essential Governmental Departments. They, together with his wife Mavis,
been foster parents, which they continue to do today.
Regina Chari completes the management team, to which, informed by her Masters
in Social Work (Washington University, St Louis) she contributes invaluable
psychological insights which have proven essential to The Michael Projects
strategies and training programs. Regina, along with her husband Nyasha,
are also foster parents.
a 17 member staff complement in the Michael Project, including administrators,
pre-school teachers and house parents, who lovingly care for the children in
our various initiatives.
Michael Project we are also advocating on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable
children and partner with the Zimbabwean Government's Department of Child
Welfare and Probation Services to promote adoption and foster care as a
solution to the 1.6 million orphans in Zimbabwe.