Precious Child was established in September 2002 in response to God's call upon Pastor Charles Masunungure and his wife
Judith, to provide love and care to abandoned and and orphaned children in Zimbabwe.Precious Child is not an orphanage or institution but a couple that opened its doors to orphans and abandoned babies to give them a home and parental love and care. Having been at that time married for 8 years and without biological children, they had become frustrated but their involvement in the Precious Child program of adopting and fostering babies has brought them a great deal of peace and confidence. They now have in their family 2 adopted and 6 fostered babies. Of these babies, 8 were abandoned by their mothers at birth.
Charles served as a senior police Chaplain for the then 25 000 member national police organisation in Zimbabwe(the Zimbabwe Republic Police) for 14 years. He is the current chairperson of the Bindura Church Ministers' Fratenity, chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Bindura University of Science Education Mephibosheth Scholarship Fund, chairperson of the Mashonaland Central Chapter of the Zimbabwe Open University Alumni Association, vice national chairperson of the Zimbabwe Open University Alumni Association among others and is a long time member in good standing of the US based International Conference of Police Chaplains and pastors one of the fastest growing churches in his area (the Bindura City Wide Family of God Church with a current membership of over 300 people ). He is a marriage and family therapist, a well sought after motivational speaker and a licensed marriage officer in terms of the laws of Zimbabwe.
There are over one and a half million orphans in Zimbabwe today. These precious kids are either living with their unemployed grandparents,in the
streets, in hospitals or are admitted in orphanages or children's homes. The majority of orphanages in Zimbabwe are institution type which house orphaned or
abandoned kids in dormitories and usually they are in large numbers thereby creating more chances of illicit behaviours among the children. This approach of institutionalised orphanages does not provide intimate bonding between abandoned baby and parents.
Precious Child is providing a home or family type of environment where there is a father and mother figure in the lives of these orphaned and abandoned children. This approach makes Pastor Charles and Judith, his wife the father and mother of these precious ones. This approach helps raise the child's self esteem and confidence. The program requires a lot of funding in order to establish several housing units in different parts of the community in order to enhance sound integration with the neighbourhood. Each housing unit will be expected to accommodate a maximum of ten children.Each housing unit will have a helpers that we call 'big sisters' who will assist Pastor Charles and his wife to look after the kids.
Precious Child also provides moral, spiritual and psychological support to birth mothers, that is those teenagers with unwanted pregnancies who end up baby dumping. At Precious Child, we realise that when a teenager has an unwanted pregnancy, she usually has no shoulder to cry on and hence resorts to baby dumping. We encourage these teenage mothers to seek immediate assistance from organisations such as Precious Child and many others that offer counselling in order to reduce the incidence of abandoned babies.
Another dimension of Precious Child is to help childless couples to consider adoption or fostering kids. In this manner we help both the childless couples and the abandoned and orphaned children. In the same vein we provide online or face to face counselling to the single mother and the married couple who is facing parental and marital challenges.
PLEASE NOTE: While Precious Child may give free counsel, advice or information on request to prospective parents, they are not an Adoption Agency. The Department of Social Services in Zimbabwe is the sole government agent that handles adoption or foster care applications.