The Zimbabwean Community Association Norwich (ZIMCAN) was formed in August 2009 when a group of concerned individuals got together in the wake of a tragic road traffic accident in which 3 members of the Norfolk Congolese Community lost their lives.

Some group members had felt for some time that a Zimbabwean Community Group was needed; they called in other community members to support the endeavour and regular Steering Group Meetings were held to take things forward.

In October it was felt that formal responsibilities should be assigned to individuals, until elections could take place at a full Annual General Meeting. A bank account was opened and we are very grateful for a small grant from Norwich City Council to fund the basics for a community group to function, that is room hire and so on.

ZIMCAN was formally launched at an event on 31st October 2009, the event graced by her Honour the Mayor of Norwich and the Chairman of Norfolk County Council.

This event was well attended, and photographs of the event may be seen here. In November 2009, the founding Chair, Jacob Chawawa withdrew to develop other interests, and we are very grateful to him for his contribution to ZIMCAN. The Vice Chair, Humphrey Moyo, then took over in the interim.

The new Committee has met regularly since that time, usually at least monthly and sometimes more often when event planning takes place.

The Aims of  ZIMCAN are;

1. The advancement of education of members of the Charity and the Community through culturally appropriate activities; thus promoting closer integration and potential for development within the community, by fostering closer ties between members and the general public.

2. The promotion of health and social care through a range of activities intended to promote well-being of individuals within the community of people of African origins, specifically Zimbabweans.

3. To facilitate the relief of poverty, sickness and distress through a support network offering support, advice and assistance, including prison visiting, to members and relevant others of African origins who are in distress.

4. To promote the cultural richness and history that supports the development of cultural and personal identity, particularly for children and isolated individuals in Norfolk.


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