Ongai Mrewa – Profile

Ongai Mrewa
Birthday: March 28, 1981
Education: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours Degree (UZ)
Occupation: Occupational Therapist

Please describe your vision of a world that works for everyone.
A world that works for everyone is a friendly world where there is equal opportunity and access to special services in a conducive environment. There will be no discrimination composed of loving people who can share and help each other. There is access to education, health, information in this world. Women and children are also considered in making decision and their rights being respected in this world. A world without wars works for everyone because there will be peace in the world and people have freedom.

What do you see as the most pressing problems facing the world today?
I think diseases, women and child abuse, political instability and poverty are the most pressing problems facing the world today. Diseases like HIV/AIDS has resulted in loss of many people who died with their potential as well as leaving many orphans suffering. This also results in other complications like depression in children and unequal opportunities in life (eg failing to access education because there will be no one paying school fees and taking care of them). Some people in rural areas do not have access to health facilities as well as knowledge about these diseases. Women and children are a vulnerable group due to their cultural positions in society. As a result they can easily be abused in this world and may not have freedom to stand for their rights and live life to the fullest reaching self actualization and realizing their dreams.

Political instability has resulted in wars which resulted in the grassroots suffering and massive destruction every day in this world. Poverty is also a big challenge since we are travelling on the wheels of money as well. There is need to create wealth and have financial freedom for everyone, unfortunately most of the wealth is in the hands of a few. There are so many things that need to be solved by money.

How do you feel these problems could best be solved?
I think these problems could be solved through effective team work in a conducive environment helping each other to come up with best solutions that benefit the whole world. There is need to educate people and share what we have for the benefit of the whole society. Let us stop wars and learn to talk and resolve conflicts without wars. There is need to protect women and children and give them platform to do their best in life. Everyone must work on him/herself to become the best person he/she would want from her neighbor. Everyone must participate for the betterment of this world looking into the future.

I am `Christian aged 29, happily married with one beautiful intelligent daughter. My name is Ongai and am the 4th born in a family of 5. My name means ‘ say thank you.’I like this name and have also learnt to say thank you just to show appreciation whenever someone has done something for me.

I did my primary education at Gutu mission and proceeded for my secondary education at Zimuto High school. At the University of Zimbabwe I got the opportunity to do Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy and I grabbed it. However, during my stay at the University of Zimbabwe I came across challenges like accommodation issues and unavailability of resources due to poverty. I was always telling myself this statement….as soon as a finish school I will go and work, get money and live an honest living helping other students at school.. ”I learnt a lot of things at the University of Zimbabwe meeting different people, sharing ideas and working in teams. I finaly graduated from this University of Zimbabwe and my final year project topic was: “Does The Hospital Environment At Parirenyatwa And Harare Hospitals in Zimbabwe Facilitate Play For Hospitalised children?” Occupational Therapy programme was an eye opener for me because it taught me to look at life holistically when approaching clients as well as in my daily life.

When I was studying my primary and secondary education, I was involved in acting and once won an award as the best supporting actress in the province. I was also interested in athletics.
Am currently working as an Occupational Therapist in the hospital setting and am the Head of Rehabilitation Department. At my church, I am the Sunday School Supritendent and I like children very much. I feel we were all once children therefore we must provide the best environment for children to grow in. Remember children are the leaders of tomorrow who need guidance. I really get hurt when I come across people abusing children. I am also involved in counseling at my workplace as well as in my community .Am part of couples fellowship group in my community. I like united, peaceful and happy communities where people are empowered and can live decent life.

I like travelling, listen to inspirational DVDs and read motivational books like Rich Dad Poor Dad. One of my favourate My dream is to retire young, running successful businesses and providing the equal opportunities to the underprivileged children and women. I want to be a millionaire by the age of 40. I am also passionate about marketing and selling both products and services. I like talking and dancing to music. I want to go back to my community where I grew up and donate to the school and do something to improve that community. I feel there is need to improve health facilities in rural areas since people are dying of diseases like TB, Malaria ,HIV/AIDS and the 6 killer diseases in children. There are so many people who end up disabled just because they do not know where to get the help, eg in clubfoot.

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Books Completed:

As A Man Thinketh
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Keys to Success