Sue Austen
Sue Austen     

Sue Austen

Founder and Director, Kukosha; Training Manager, Zimbabwe Without Orphans (ZWO)
Sue is the director and founder of Kukosha, an indigenous organisation that works with foster and kinship carers as well as adoptive families.

Sue is the director and founder of Kukosha, an indigenous organisation that works with foster and kinship carers as well as adoptive families to provide resources and supportive services that strengthen vulnerable families in order to create permanency for children.  Some of the services Kukosha provides include adoption and foster care advocacy and support, foster care for pregnant teens, educational support, distribution of infant formula, and food security.

Zimbabwe Without Orphans (ZWO) training and capacity building is at the forefront of resourcing caregivers, church leaders, teachers, government social workers and organisations serving orphans and vulnerable children, with evidence-based curriculums that are focused on best practices, child protection and welfare, and trauma competency.  Sue is an internationally accredited trainer for the National Children at Risk Training (NCART) and is involved in training locally and regionally.

With more than twenty years of experience in the OVC arena, Sue is passionately Zimbabwean and an advocate for local solutions and ownership coordinated efforts and inclusive strategies.  Sue founded The Michael Project to honour the life of her first adopted son.  She is a founding member of Zimbabwe Without Orphans and sits on several boards of organisations involved in child protection, advocacy, anti-trafficking, and girl child issues. Her passion is for local families to be well-equipped and supported as they bring children into belonging and permanency.  Also, her desire is to see the local church to take its place in leading the nation to care well for its vulnerable children.
Sue is an adoptive, foster, and biological mum to six sons and two daughters; and, she lives with her family in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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