The Herald (Harare)

14 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Know Your Author: Christina Mtombeni

opinion

Christina Chitenderu Mtombeni is a Zimbabwean author currently based in the in the United Kingdom. A psychologist by training, Christina has authored the book "Raising Better Children; Key to effective parenting". The book is outgrowth of her extensive public lecturers on childcare and management in Namibia, and the UK.

Born Christina Chitenderu in the mid 1980s at Rowa Farm in Zimunya, Mutare, she attended Rowa Primary School before going to Biriri Secondary School in the same area from 1994 and 1998.

On passing her Ordinary level examinations Christina went to Mateta High School in Gokwe for her Advanced Level studies from 1999 to 2000.

Chitenderu later went to Brazil in South America to study for a BSc in Psychology degree. Her studies in Brazil gave her an opportunity to learn Portuguese as a language fulfilling an old wish to be multilingual.

Her upbringing at a farm made her thirsty to study for a course that would ensure that she helped disadvantaged children in her community. Her wish was and still is to work with children particularly from less fortunate families to ensure they reach their goals in life.

After college Christina trekked back to Zimbabwe and later to Mozambique and Namibia where she worked for different international welfare organisations caring for orphans and vulnerable children.

During the time she has also been giving psychological support and other related components to people affected and infected with HIV and Aids, and teaching health living.

The organisations that she has worked for are World Vision in Mozambique and United States Agency for International Development in Namibia. During her tenure at USAid, Christina also worked as a part time Portuguese lecturer at Namibia University. She also had an opportunity to do public lectures of parenting skills.

While in Namibia Christina married Courage Mthombeni, a Zimbabwean social scientist working with the British Council and now based in the United Kingdom. The two moved to the UK where Christina works with orphans and vulnerable children and continued to give public lectures on parenting and childcare.

It is from these public lectures Christina saw a gap in literature on modern parenting and childcare.

Her audience asked her to compile the lectures into a book and she obliged, leading to the authoring of the book "Raising Better Children".

Christina's aspiration is to reach a wider audience on issues relating to parenting and hopes to make a difference in the lives of parents and children given the amount of challenges they face in today's world.

The challenges include the fact that families have become more and more nucleated without enough support system.

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