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Catholic Professionals in Zimbabwe have embarked on initiatives to assist underprivileged children by paying school fees and engaging poor schools in different communities. The CPNZ will role out its programme starting with Mavhaire Primary school in Chirumanzu on 30 March 2019. Due to the economic downturn experienced at the macro level since about the turn of the millennium, the school has not been spared from economic challenges. Its coping and resilience capacities in terms of acquisition of learners' materials, relevant capital expenditure and related knowledge and education investment have been adversely affected.

Description of the organisation

    The CPNZ was launched in October 2011 with the blessings of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference. The organisation was commissioned to harness the professional and intellectual talents of Catholics in service to the Church in Zimbabwe. Amongst their obligations and objectives, members of the CPNZ are charged with carrying out critical analysis and discernment of dominant thoughts, ideologies and cultures from a Catholic perspective, and to be committed to  building  a culture of Justice and Peace, and the protection of vulnerable groups, as well as safeguarding of Human and People's rights.

The situation

The country is on the eve of political events (referendum and national elections before the end of 2013), meaning a period of possible instability. The humanitarian situation was not very promising, (crop failure, hunger, disease, HIV and AIDS, increasing unemployment especially of the youth.