November 9, 2016: Grends Tsedemu (56) brings her team together to pray before practice in Mbare, Harare. Mama Dee (56), as she is affectionately referred to in her community, is an ex-convict and sports coach who mentors teenage girls and young women in Mbare through sport. For her sport is “. . . an effective way to deter young people from delinquent behaviour in the community. If they are preoccupied with sport they have a chance of a better life.”
November 16, 2016: Mbare Queens practice at the netball grounds at Stodart Hall in Mbare.
November 24, 2016: Mama Dee playfully argues with a Hope of Smile team member during a friendly practice match.
November 17, 2016: Although Mama Dee loves to coach netball she also enjoys playing the sport with the young women.
November 17, 2016: A Hope of Smile team player makes a score for her team during a friendly game against Mbare Queens.
November 24, 2016: Prayer is an important part of Mama Dee's life which extends to the netball pitch where she encourages young women to pray.
November 23, 2016: Mama Dee helps fellow coach Vimbai who was experiencing stiffness in her arm.
November 21, 2016: Iman, a Mbare Queens player, shares a laugh with fellow team mates and Mama Dee before practice.
November 21, 2016: Young women play netball during a practice match.
November 9, 2016: Mama Dee's shoe rack at her home in Ardbennie.
November 9, 2016: Mama Dee selects her laundry in preparation for washing.
November 8, 2016: Mama Dee has always been an avid player and coach of netball and soccer in her community in Mbare. “There are two things in life that you can’t tell me not to do - sport and vending.”
November 16, 2016: At her home, Mama dee prepares to go for netball practice in Mbare.