Our History

Nhaka Foundation was founded in July, 2008 by Patrick Makokoro. Patrick’s journey, the one that led him to establish Nhaka began in 2002 when he spent a month working with orphaned and vulnerable children at an orphanage in Zimbabwe, Africa. It was through this experience that he came to understand the plight of many orphans. The simple fact that they had no one to guide or support them; no one to provide them with moral, psychological or financial support. For Patrick the experience was an epiphany; it was like hearing someone complain about having no shoes and then meeting someone that had no feet. He realized in that moment how focused we all are on what we don’t have rather than what we do have that can be shared with others to help them reach their God-given potential.

Following his experience at the orphanage, Patrick spent a number of years working with other non-profits to address the plight of children in Zimbabwe. He learned with time and experience that the need for shelter was being addressed primarily at a community level yet, the local resources were not adequate to respond to shortages in food supplies, medical care, psycho social support and the money needed to pay school fees. A firmer call to action came to Patrick one day when he was sitting in a church service, the Pastor speaking was lamenting how orphans and vulnerable children were going without the basics, without access to education, healthcare and food.
Inspired by his Christian faith and with strength drawn from various scriptures (Isaiah 58 verse 7, “…is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter, when you see the naked, clothe him and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” and James 1 verse 27, “…religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”), Patrick decided to take the leap of faith and commit his life’s work to the at-risk children by founding Nhaka Foundation. Nhaka means “inheritance” and thus at Nhaka Foundation we strive to leave a lasting legacy for the children in developing countries. As said best in the words of Patrick, “A hundred years from now it will not matter what cars we drove, the houses we lived in or the balances of our bank accounts. What will count is the difference we would have made in the world.”

In 2017, Patrick handed over daily leadership of the organization to the next generation leaders while providing mentorship, coaching and visionary support.