SHELTER'S ONLY OPTION
AT 13 WAS THE ARMY
NOW SHE IS TAKING
HER A-LEVELS.

ABOUT SHE

She’s mission

JAYA'S STORY

JAYA’s STORY
Jaya’s parents had passed away and she had moved from grandparents to aunties and uncles until she had no options left. No one could afford to support her. 

Jaya was 13 at the time. She thought her only option was to move away and become a cleaner in a large Zimbabwean institution. This would give her food and shelter but expose her to the risk of exploitation plus physical and sexual abuse. 

Jaya was visiting the farm of our founder’s mother-in-law to say goodbye and thank her for the kindness she had shown her. Mayda (SHE founder) was there at the time. 

“I looked at this 13 year old girl, alone in a field, with her bag packed, ready to leave for a dangerous place. I thought – no! I asked her if I could help her.”

Mayda found her a place to live, supported her with all of her financial expenses for school, health and life. Mayda became an aunty to Jaya – although Jaya calls her mum.

Jaya is 22 now. She lives with an older woman in her village. She has just sat her A levels and is eagerly awaiting her results. She has her heart set on practising law. 

HISTORY

SHE (and the Catalyst Foundation) is the brain child of Mayda and Trevor Mapondera. 

Mayda and Trevor both came to the UK from Zimbabwe in their late teens to attend university where they met and trained as nurses. Both then went on to work in various areas of healthcare but specialising in mental health and later identifying a particular specialism in this area beyond training. 

In XXXX they founded Nurseline Healthcare which provides a special kind of agency nurse to both independent and NHS trusts. 

“We train and coach all of our nurses in a very particular way – the foundation of everything being, if that was your mum, your grandad, your son, how would what you are about to do change?”

Although now living in Bristol with their four children, having both grown up in Zimbabwe and with a house and much family there, Zim is still very much home. 

 

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