Who We Are
AFADU was founded in 2004 by former Chairperson, Julie Routledge, following a trip to Zimbabwe, where she observed the poor conditions in which a group of orphaned and other vulnerable children lived in Chikombedzi in Mwenzi District in Zimbabwe. These children lacked access to basic education, medical care, adequate food and shelter, and the care that all children need. This experience inspired Julie to work with the local community and with Ezelle Schimper (a local white farmer who was trying to care for these orphaned children) to create an environment that adequately meets the physical and psychological needs of these children.
As a result, AFADU was born with an initial mandate to support the children in Ezelle's care. The first container of basic essential goods was sent in October 2003. AFADU is an Australian non-profit, non-government charitable organisation which was registered on the 15th January 2004. From this time until early 2006, AFADU focused on providing aid and relief to Lirhanzo Children's Village (LCV) , local schools and the Chikombedzi Mission Hospital in Mwenzi, Zimbabwe.
AFADU's work is supported by monetary contributions and in-kind donations of goods and services by International and Australian companies, church and community groups, schools, and individuals.
AFADU’s current chairperson is Craig Gear who took over the wheel of AFADU from founding chair Jules Routledge in November 2010. Craig is a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers health consultancy practice and has a background in nursing, working in the justice and emergency sectors in NSW.