The story of pandemics is the story of inequalities, the poor and vulnerable are always most affected. The Gogo Project started a couple of weeks after the COVID19 impacted on us all. In the Zimbabwean context, the pandemic had landed on an existing economic hardship and it became apparent that grandmothers who were otherwise able to make a small living out of selling goods were hugely affected by the lockdown arrangements.
On close analysis, we found that many grandmothers in Mbare are looking after grandchildren with little support. Many of the children’s parents have died or migrated within the region. As Zimbabwean diaspora, our hearts were moved by the stories that some grandmothers shared, we were compelled to help, the Gogo Project is an innovative project, was borne out of the desire to give back to Zimbabwe and support the most vulnerable in our communities. We are all passionate about the project.