My name is Sibongile Chauke and I live in the border town of Beitbridge in Swereki (ward 9). I have a child Lihone who was born with cleft lip.
I have suffered stigmatization from the community and some relatives because I gave birth to a disabled child.
My story is a mirror of tales of other women with children leaving with disabilities in the community. As a result, some women hide their children and they are deprived of basic rights.
A friend introduced me to a care group where women were being taught how to take care of children to prevent stunting. I received knowledge that has helped me to take good care of children. Growing up my child was overweight, her growth was tainted with sickness. Through training from Nutrition Action Zimbabwe l was able to take care of my child through preparing a four star diet every day to fight malnutrition.
They carried out an assessment of her nutritional status which indicated that she had Severe Acute Malnutrition. She was to undergo a nutritional care. She has since recovered and a recent assessment showed that my child is normal.