The Matthew Rusike Children’s Home Childcare initiative was influenced by the work of the late Rev. Matthew Jacha Rusike who worked tirelessly for the benefit of the less privileged children. Rev. Rusike helped the church to establish a residential care facility for orphaned and vulnerable children in Epworth, 15km east of Harare in 1960. The facility was registered in the year 1968 (PVO 463/68). It was essentially providing residential care facilities for orphaned and vulnerable children. Currently the home operates a multifaceted programme that combines residential care and community based orphan care initiatives in response to the growing number of children in need of care.
Although it started as an individual vision, the Matthew Rusike Children’s Home (MRCH) has developed into one of the largest child welfare organizations in Zimbabwe, caring for over 100 children in its Residential care facilities and about 1000 children in its Community Based Orphan Care Schemes, and employing a staff compliment of 36 in its childcare services. The MRCH has decentralized its childcare projects to other districts and circuits through home and community based care initiatives. The organization is also setting up and running Community Resource Centres for children in need of care.