Eden is the eldest daughter of the late Elizabeth Chanakira and is our Nutritional Writer. Eden is a Freelance writer and Natural Beauty Consultant residing in Arizona, California. Her undergraduate studies were in Kinesiology, and after many years of working in the Wellness industry in various capacities, she is currently pursuing graduate studies in Nutrition and certification in Herbology and Aromatherapy. In addition to writing on holistic topics for various publications, Eden also creates natural beauty and household products, and specializes in guiding businesses and non-profits in the creation and marketing of their own, private-label, organic products.
Maria is our Strategic Consultant. She has previously worked at Accenture and as a Business Change Project Manager for Best Buy Europe. Her passion lies in Business Strategy, Change Management and she is considered a Change Management Specialist in her field.
In Maria’s own words: “I became involved from a strategic perspective because of my professional background and I have enjoyed the journey with the team – that of translating the ECCT vision into something tangible. It is exciting times for the ECCT with the growth of the core team and field volunteers, and most importantly the identification of the cancer patients being supported from 2013. I know that the God-inspired ECCT will grow to help so many lives.”
Francis is the ECCT Project Field Officer. He is an instrumental part of our work on the ground doing tasks which include, but are not limited to: visiting and establishing relationships with our patients and their families; liaising with schools and other service providers to pay school fees and obtain other provisions for our patients; and psycho-social counselling.
Francis has key experience which relates to the ECCT, which includes being a former Medical & Psycho-social Support Officer; he is one of the founding members of Kidzcan Charity, Zimbabwe; has qualifications in Bereavement Counselling; Palliative Care and is currently studying for a Diploma in Community Development.
Portia is an ECCT Field Volunteer (Portia on far right in the image above – whilst visiting one of the families we support). She is a key part of the team who visit the patients on a monthly basis. She is so important in helping the ECCT build and cement relationships with our cancer patients and their families on the ground.
Portia says, “I have always wanted to serve those who are less fortunate than I am. I have always been involved in community work, for example, visiting orphans at Mutemwa Leprosy Centre with my family. My heart and passion for others was reignited when I read the Founder’s story of her mother’s journey with cancer and ECCT’s mission.
I have friends in Zimbabwe with family members who have lost their lives to cancer and we are reading more about the alarming rates of cancer diagnoses in our local newspapers. Now as a grown up Christian and sometimes with prayer groups and family, I devote most of my time to visiting orphanages and the sick around Zimbabwe and joining them in prayers, counselling and sharing the hope we have in Christ. The Word of God is a major standard in my life and it pushes me to act and I find joy in helping those in need, 1 John 3:18 says ‘My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.’
Portia also says: ”the challenges being faced by marginalised cancer patients and their families include: orphans left behind, expensive treatments, lack of awareness by the wider population and the general high cost of living to afford basics such as the right nutrition. My heart bleeds for everyone who has lost a loved one to this menace of a disease. You need not suffer in silence, together we can make this world a better place. My ultimate wish is to see more spread of cancer prevention awareness as the majority of the population do not seem to have access to this until it is too late.”