Jun 23, 2020

A Big Step Forward

Celebrations at the Maunga Health Centre
Celebrations at the Maunga Health Centre

We are so excited to announce that with your help, we've now raised the necessary funds for the installation of solar electricity at the Maunga Health Centre!

With this in place, the Health Centre will be able to provide a much wider range of critical services with hot water, proper lighting and operational equipment.

This long-awaited addition to Health Centre couldn't come at a better time, with winter setting in and a global pandemic threatening to overwhelm existing healthcare facilities. 

We hope to now keep this momentum going as we move onto the next phase of the Health Centre's development - constructing accommodation so that full-time doctors can be allocated to the Centre. 

We look forward to sharing our progress on solar power installation with you soon. 

Stay safe and keep well!

The official opening
The official opening
May 4, 2020

On Hold due to COVID-19

Planting Fruit Trees
Planting Fruit Trees

We hope that you and your families are all safe and well during this challenging time. 

As COIVD-19 swept across the globe in the last few months and Zimbabwe joined the many countries under a national lockdown, all project work was put on hold.

Before this happened, the Mola Wildlife Coexistence Project was doing very well. The new year started with 40 children joining our Conservation Clubs in the area, learning about conservation, the environment and how healthy ecosystems contribute to healthy communities. Thanks to your kind support, we planted almost 200 fruit trees which will be tended by the Conservation Clubs and hopefully soon, bear fruit to supplement the local school children's diets and improve food security. 

The number of lion-proof cattle bomas grew to 11, and all cattle received veterinary care including their vaccinations. No livestock were lost to disease or predation during this reporting period. 73% more land was enriched with natural fertiliser from rotating the cattle bomas, crops were planted and are growing well. 

The Lion Guardians' training and all other planned activities have unfortunately been postponed until it is safe to travel and hold gatherings. The wellbeing of the communities and our staff remains our top priority and we are grateful that no cases of the virus have been reported in the area.

Thank you once again for your kind and generous support. We look forward to sharing good news with you all again soon. 

Mar 3, 2020

If You Want to Go Far, Go Together

The Current Classroom
The Current Classroom

We have THE BEST NEWS! 

Another local tourism operator has come on board with our Main Camp Primary School in Hwange to fund the construction of a whole new classroom dedicated to the Early Childhood Development Class! 

This is a huge development for the kids, who are currently having their lessons in a dilapidated two-room store room, which functions as their classroom. The early childhood development years are crucial as they are a period of rapid physical, mental, emotional, social and moral growth and development. A conducive learning environment is absolutely key for children to get the best possible start in life. 

A new site on the other side of the existing primary school grounds has been identified for the classroom, and we've seen building materials start to arrive, much to the teacher's excitement! 

An extended rainy season has also been a welcome gift after the drought, but it can dampen the spirits when you need dry ground to build. Adapt is a word we use every here day in Zimbabwe! So with the wonderful news of a proper classroom coming for the ECD children, and the rain continuing to fall, we adapt our strategy. 

Once the ground is dry and work begins on the new classroom, we'll begin laying foundations for the ablution block at the new classroom site instead of building a fence, which will now be the final piece of work to be done. 

This entire new facility including a proper classroom with space for more children and room for play-style learning with safe, clean ablutions, all secured within a fence, will no-doubt change the lives of many, many generations of early childhood development classes - and we're so excited for all of them! 

Thank you to every single one of you who is on this journey with us. We have a long way to go, but as we always say - if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. 

The Current Classroom
The Current Classroom
Room 1 in the Current Classroom
Room 1 in the Current Classroom
Room 2 in the Current Classroom
Room 2 in the Current Classroom
 
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