MeDRA is a Christian-based Local NGO owned by the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. MeDRA uses a spiritual approach to sustainable development. MeDRA is result oriented and believes in a theory of change that seeks to empower and transform our target communities. MeDRA was registered as a private voluntary organization (PVO) in August 2009 although activities started in 2004. The organization has its mandate to undertake Humanitarian and Developmental programmes that aim at meaningfully contributing towards positive socio-economic change in Zimbabwe, beginning with marginalized communities and most vulnerable populations.
The organization has provided long term needed assistance in the areas of agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, environment management and disaster risk management and emergency humanitarian aid. MeDRA has worked with various communities in peace building initiatives aimed at promoting tolerance and peaceful coexistence through conflict resolution, management and prevention mechanisms.
A society in which all enjoy abundant life and God given dignity. (John 10:10)
To empower communities to improve livelihoods and experience justice through sustainable interventions which bear witness to God’s love
We seek to be a board and staff with integrity so that we walk up rightly and be secure and not to invite punishment from the Lord. (Prov 10:9, Matt 5:37)
As MeDRA we are driven and motivated by compassion for the underprivileged and the marginalized members of the community through the relieving their suffering, empowering communities and giving a voice to the voiceless (Matt 9-36)
We believe that all people are created equal in the image of God (Gen 1: 27). We are committed to active participation of vulnerable people including elderly, disabled, poor families and other marginalized groups. We seek to empower people to improve their lives and the larger community. We shall not subscribe to ideologies that seek to lead to poverty, exclusion and dependence. We believe in full and inclusive participation by all and that every person man, woman or community has the right and the responsibility to contribute their talents, skills and resources to the work we do. We therefore consider gender sensitive and participatory approaches to development as critical instruments of our mission.
We are committed to being transparent and accountable to our stakeholders for the resources we receive and the usage of those resources. We uphold accountability and transparency in service to humanity. We shall remain open, frank and honest with all our stakeholders in all our communications, transactions and operations. (Luke 16:10; Matt 25:23)
We uphold professionalism to ensure quality, effective and efficient service delivery to our local communities. We shall exercise professionalism in conducting our business. We shall aspire for and value excellence in all we do and the services we provide, and we commit to the principle of continuous improvement. We are committed to the efficiency and effectiveness in our conduct. (Lev 19:11)
We are committed to upholding human dignity in order to ensure that all our programs are people centered with empowerment at their heart. We are committed to enabling communities escape from extreme poverty by being dignified agents of their own destiny. We shall be in the forefront in resolving conflict in order to create or bring peace and reconciliations in the communities we serve.
As MeDRA we are committed in partnership with stakeholders, funding partners and other NGOs. We recognize that we do not have all required resources and necessary skills and expertise to achieve our vision but through partnerships we bring a positive change to people’s lives. (1 Cor 3:9)
MeDRA Targets the vulnerable and marginalised women, girls, boys and men, people living with disabilities, Pregnant and lactating women, elderly, internally displaced populations and priority is given to those in hard to reach areas.
MeDRA is currently operating in the following districts: Mutoko, Bikita, Buhera, Chipinge, Chimanimani, Gokwe South and Muzarabani Districts.
- Child protection
- Disability inclusion