Angel of Hope Foundation Founder & Patron- AMAI AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA
- Born 03 March 1963 in Mazowe District in Mashonaland Central, she grew up in Chiweshe near Rosa Business Centre where she did both her primary and secondary education.
- After completing her secretarial studies at Silveira House in Chishawasha, she joined the Ministry of Manpower and Development in 1981.
- She pursued studies in hotel and tourism Bsc administration in Switzerland where she got her first degree, and graduated in 2001.
- She married His Excellency the President Cde. E.D. Mnangagwa in 1984.
- She graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration Degree from the Midlands State University.
- She is currently undertaking a PhD with the Midlands State University.
- She became the First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe on the 24th of November 2017.
- Passionately known as Amai, the First Lady is a champion of the needs of the vulnerable in society.
- Even prior to becoming the First Lady, she has footprints demonstrating a passion for the needs of the vulnerable.
- She was instrumental in the establishment of women’s banks in Silobela, Zhombe, Kwekwe, Chirumanzu-Zibagwe, Mvuma and all constituencies in the Midlands Province.
- She encouraged women empowerment through ownership of livestock and handcrafts (sewing knitting and claypot moulding)
- She also promoted tiling of rural homes as a way of promoting good hygiene.
- She also was instrumental in promoting women in cross border trading as a means of self sustenance.
- On assumption of her role as First Lady she has intensified her initiatives of empowering the vulnerable by forming the Angel of Hope Foundation.
- As founder and Patron of the Angel of Hope Foundation she has spearheaded philanthropic work spreading its wings to the most marginalised communities and advocating for the preservation of their culture, for example reaching out to communities bordering Zimbabwe & Mozambique, Zimbabwe & Zambia and Zimbabwe & Botswana.
- Through her Foundation the First Lady has visited communities and institutions donating foodstuffs, bed linen, stationary, ICT and medical equipment, and initiating comprehensive self help projects like fishponds, nutrition gardens, orchards and free range chicken rearing.
- In recognition of her selfless work towards women and children’s health the First Lady was appointed as Ministry of Health and Child Care’s Ambassador for Maternal and Child health
- The First Lady is an active member of the Organisation of African Ladies against HIV/ AIDS, who is known for actively engaging the youth on sexual health matters discouraging premarital sex. Women’s empowerment programme including Chiefs’ wives and all women congregants from all works of life.
- She has been facilitating free medical specialists services to marginalised communities.
- She has also been providing accessible and free cervical, breast and prostate cancer screening through her mobile clinic screening programme.
- The First Lady launched the National Human Papillomavirus Vaccination (HPV), an anti- cancer programme expected to benefit over 800 000 girls aged between 10 and 14.
- The First Lady has been actively advocating for safe sanitary wear in girls and women and has been donating sanitary wear including reusable sanitary wear.
- She has been applauded by the Ministry responsible for Primary and Secondary education and other stakeholders for her keen interest in addressing and engaging adolescents by way of interactive sessions on a country-wide schools programme discussing issues around child abuse, early marriages, teen pregnancies, drug abuse, bullying and school drop outs.
- The First Lady hosts a series of Family Fun Days aimed at promoting wellness through Sport and recreation in especially women and the elderly.