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Phil Mpakiza

She was born in Ngingi district in 1958. They were five children, her dad was killed when she was 5 and her mum died of a disease when she was just 13.

She went to primary Girls Boarding School and secondary school in Ngingi until Form 2 because of financial problems, as both parents were dead and no one else could pay the school fees, so she started working and help the family. First she made a course as crafty management home in Magomero “that’s why I am a cook” – she said.

She married Jevas and they have three children, two daughters called Jennifer and Eufrizai and one son called Dean.

Since 2005 she works with us Saturdays when the Girl Child Students come to the Wells for Zoë Centre for Learning, and sometimes during the week as a piece worker in Chimaliro, a house that WfZ uses.

I remember when in 2003 Mary and John arrived to Saint John of God, where they always stay and I was cooking, that’s where I first meet them, I like that family” – she said.

Phil is retired but does piece works because she has to take care of her grandchildren, her daughter’s sons. When her daughter’s husband died, the daughter couldn’t afford to pay so she has helped them since then paying everything. She farms at home with them, the boys are 12 and 18 years old and are studying, one is in Form 1 and the other is already at University. Phil has other sons that don’t need her help.