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How Mind the Gap Africa Began

Jenny Hensman has been involved in church and community ministry for many years. She trained as a Baptist pastor at Spurgeon’s College in London, but then the course of her life changed after a head injury. In looking for a quieter life she felt sure the slower pace of the African culture would be less hectic than London – how wrong she was!

She came to Zimbabwe in 2004 and ‘Mind the Gap – Africa’ was born in 2006. She was unsure as to her long-term role in Zimbabwe until in February 2008 she met a new-born baby girl who had been abandoned. One look and she knew this child was to be her daughter, Grace Joy. The following year she fostered Thomas (4 years) and Mary (3 years), both of whom had been abandoned. That secured her foreseeable future life and ministry in Zimbabwe.

We Exist To:

  • Be the hands and the feet of Jesus in Zimbabwe by demonstrating God’s love in a practical way.
  • Provide a loving and safe family environment for children who have been orphaned, abandoned or abused.
  • Ensure that children are protected, loved and nurtured to reach their full capacity.
  • Speak out on behalf of children and young people who have no voice.
  • Be a resource for local organisations who are seeking to care for children who have been orphaned, abandoned or abused.

Mind the Gap

Jenny Henseman – Founder

I hate to see injustice especially when it involves children. My passion is to fight for them and to ensure they have a safe place to grow

Henry Njabulo Mpofu – The goal keeper

I keep the boat grounded and ensure that we reach our destination.
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Chishuvo Chivasa – Social innovator and projects lead

I’ve been working in various fields for several years. I love breaking new ground and ensuring that things work seamlessly.
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Maggie Zondiwa – Children Affairs Officer

I love children and I am the bridge between the organization and Social Welfare. I am always on the lookout for opportunities to ensure that our children are involved in the life of their community.

Chenai Gadina

I support the team administratively. I love the team the vision that we are all working towards.