Feed 200 Zimbabwean Orphans

 
$241,643
$58,357
Raised
Remaining
Aug 30, 2012

Zimkids Update August 2012

Home: Built by Orphans, Run by orphans for orphans
Home: Built by Orphans, Run by orphans for orphans

 As you might have noticed, we updated our GlobalGiving project page to reflect that Zimkids now has a new home.  We are happily and productively operating out of our new building. We worked 7 days a week for the last few months to open on July 31st. We’ve entered a whole new era – thanks to so many of you.  You can see the project in a 2 minute slideshow by going to https://www.vimeo.com/47694837.

Now that we have land, along with a greenhouse and drip irrigation system, we can produce much of the food the orphans we serve require – along with training in modern agricultural techniques using little water or fertilizer. Our goal, after all, has never been to foster dependency. While we will continue to provide them with staple foods, we are encouraging them to work with our staff to grow the vegetables and – later -fruit that will add such critical nutrition to their starch-heavy diet. Our donations for kale will be used for seed or soy protein.  We are ending beef distribution because meat inspection is now untrustworthy because of corruption.

We’ve been able to improve our educational programs substantially. In addition to paying school fees, we will be offering tutoring in our own resource center, a library and a fantastic computer center that will allow the children to enter the 21st century in style. Our old Council of Elders, who “graduated” into Seniors, and who built our center and who will now be referred to as Staff will receive ongoing training in first aid, counseling, management, accounts which in a year’s time they will pass on to our next generation of Seniors.

Our staff members are receiving basic first aid and minor medical training so that they can work with our physicians.

We’re also expanding the on-the-job vocational training we gave to the Seniors with training in metalwork (take a look at the phenomenal metal shields that hold up our computer desks – we’re already offering similar ones for sale!) And our center is entirely powered by solar energy!

With our new space, we have been able to broaden our recreational activities to include netball, which is popular with the girls, an obstacle course which under the guidance of Foster Dingani, one of our exceptional Seniors, will build the obstacle course as a carpentry training program for the older children, and board games for rainy days, in addition to our old programs in performing arts, visual arts, and soccer. If you take a peak at the slide show you will see the murals on the walls that surround the Center, you’ll see the work of our amazing new art teacher, Shaka, who is currently working with the children to design and paint murals on the inside of the walls.

Finally, we’re making a serious push on special training for our girls, who are growing up in a society where rape is an epidemic, families press for early marriage to gain access to cash (since the husband needs to pay for the privilege of marriage), sanitary napkins are expensive, and obedience is prized. Two of our trainees who built the new center are young women, and they are taking the lead in designing programs to help teach the younger women and girls the lesson that they have learned about protecting themselves, the value of saying NO, and standing up for their rights. They will be bolstered by a nurse who will teach them about family planning and reproductive health.

You can visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/zimkids or our website, currently being updated to see photos of the project. Our website is currently being updated.

Stay tuned, please. We have already been widely recognized as one of the most innovative orphan projects in Africa, and we’re just getting going to show what can be accomplished by a center built by orphans and run by orphans for orphans.

I am in the States until I return to Zimbabwe in December and have lots of frequent flyer miles if you or your organization would like to host Zimkids for fundraising events.  Wherever possible we can set up skype video conferences with our kids and yours bridging the miles and bringing the smiles to opposite sides of the globe!

Washie tutoring English in new resource center
Washie tutoring English in new resource center
Shaka with his art class
Shaka with his art class
Kids preparing new beds for Chimulia (Kale)
Kids preparing new beds for Chimulia (Kale)
Lunch is served!
Lunch is served!
Celebrating the completion of our Center!
Celebrating the completion of our Center!

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Comments:
  • Kat
    Kat Kudos, Dennis—you've not only worked a miracle for ZimKids, you've set it up to be self-sustaining. I'm particularly pleased to hear about your planned programs for informing and empowering the young women of the community. May they spread their enlightenment far and wide!
    • 2 years ago
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Project Leader

Dennis Gaboury

Chair, Board of Trustees
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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