Until the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home came into being in 1996, there were few options for children with handicaps in Livingstone, Zambia. They stayed at home and many were kept out of sight because of prejudice and shame. The free services offered at the Mama Bakhita, such as education, physiotherapy and medical attention, gradually made people aware that these children could learn and contribute to their community.
The lack of work and the minimal pay scale for the menial jobs available, left their mothers/grandmother struggling to pay rent and feed their families. Having handicapped children made working that much harder.
So the Zambezi Doll was born, Together they produce beautifully made dolls entirely sewn by hand. .