WE ARE MKWCI - MKWANAZI COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL
assisting communities and religious organizations in Zimbabwe
With Love, Dedication and Honor, we serve in Memory of................
Rev. Dr. Clement N. Mkwanazi
his legacy lives on...
The late Rev. Dr. Clement N. Mkwanazi was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. In an effort to fulfill his desire for education, he graduated from the following schools – The Wright School of Religion, South Africa with a Diploma in Theology, University of Zimbabwe with a Diploma in Social Work, Morris Brown College, Atlanta, GA with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA with a Master of Social Work majoring in Policy, Planning and Administration.
In 1964 the African Methodist Episcopal Church awarded him a Certificate of Citation in recognition of his distinguished and exemplary leadership for achieving the God given freedom and quality for all men.
In 1976 he conferred an honorary Degree of Divinity, Lee Theological Seminary, Florida, for his tireless and unrelenting work for the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He served in the Episcopal and Revision Committees and on the General Board.
He served as Pastor and Presiding Elder for 43 years. During his time he built 3 churches, 6 classrooms at Mpindo and Malopa Elementary Schools, 3 parsonages and secured a 30 acre farm for the Church. He wrote the History of the A.M.E, Church in Zimbabwe, 1900 - 1995. Outside the church he worked as the District Officer for the Ministry of Public Services, Labor and Social Welfare, a post he held until his retirement.
He was a lecturer at Paul Quinn College, Waco, TX. where he served as Director of Gerontology in 1980 – 81. He also served as the Chairman of the Bulawayo Mental Health Association, Chairman of the Bulawayo Ministries Fraternal, Vice Chairman of Christian Care Matabeleland Region, a Board member for the registration of Private Voluntary Organization in Zimbabwe, a Board Member in the Government of Zimbabwe on the Registration of Welfare Organizations and a committee member of Help Age of Zimbabwe.
Rev. Dr. Clement N. Mkwanazi went on to be with the Lord on December 25, 2003. He had turned three score and ten and that also happened to be his birthday. The 25th of December continues to be a special day as it is the day chosen to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and it also happens to be the sunrise and sunset of a special man, Rev. Dr. Clement N. Mkwanazi.
Mrs. Thokozile Mkwanazi-Gage (most call her Thoko) is originally from Zimbabwe and resides in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is the last born of Rev. Dr. Clement Mkwanazi. She has taken on her Father's passion for her country and spends a lot of her free time serving in various capacities in the following areas that she considers to be very paramount in the re-building of her region and people that have been disenfranchised and marginalized since Zimbabwe became independent in 1981:
- - Spirituality and Church
- Family and Culture
- Government & Law
- Media & Communication
- Arts & Entertainment
- Business & Finance
She started MKWCI in her Father's memory. She spends a significant amount of her time in the area of Education which has resulted in the launching of the Mkwanazi Compassion Scholarship Fund to sponsor students studying in Universities in Zimbabwe. The Mkwanazi Compassion Scholarship Fund started when a few friends got together to find ways of alleviating the challenges faced by young people in the Matabeleland Region of Zimbabwe in the area of education. Remembering her Father's passion for education, she immediately volunteered to administer the Scholarship Fund. The Mkwanazi Compassion Scholarship Fund currently sponsors 37 students who are pursuing various fields of study and 6 of which are in Medical School. Since the launching of the Scholarship Program, more than 17 students have graduated with degrees in Medicine, Insurance and Risk Management, Technology – Management, Development Studies, Human Resource Mgt., Accounting, Sport Sciences, and Applied Mathematics. She considers the growth of the Mkwanazi Compassion Scholarship fund as mostly attributable to the faithful sponsors that have continued to sacrificially give to the fund.