Zimkids working on designing wall murals.
Dear friends of Building Zimkids a Home,
We at Zimkids want to extend our deepest gratitude for your support and kindness. We welcome our newest donors at Lilly who put so much faith in us. Be assured your donations will be used wisely and directed entirely to benefit the children at Zimkids.
The first project report provides background on this project, so this one is the update as of August 1.
Construction continues apace. The 370 meter wall surrounding the property is complete. The gate is installed. (In Zimbabwe security is a serious issue, walls being an essential part of providing a safe environment for the children as well a protection from theft). As is usual with Zimkids, we didn’t want the ordinary, so we designed our gate to reflect our surroundings and got our inspiration from the waving fields of tall thatch grass. As a sculptural welder I worked with our team to construct the gate. Signage will be installed after the final coat of paint. (See photo).
The foundations have been dug for the buildings and construction on those will begin the second week of August. Our Seniors – the young people we’ve worked with who are now over the age of 18 - are being trained in construction skills by a builder and are now able to work on their own. They’ve done an amazing job! Soon they will be involved in constructing the gumpole roof infrastructure followed by plumbing installation. A generous Zimbabwean donated the tile for the girls and boys bathrooms.
The children of Zimkids, under the supervision of our Council of Elders, are currently designing the interior murals that they will paint on the walls of our buildings. And in a few weeks, the children, Seniors, Elders and our Director Tinashe Basa will begin painting classic Ndebele designs on the front wall of the site.
The children gather periodically to continue to clean the site and assist as needed and according to their age.
Once the first building is up, we will begin to furnish it. A local clothing manufacturer recently went out of business and sold us chairs and tables at rock bottom prices. The Bulawayo public library has agreed to sell us children’s books for $6 per large box that we’ll add to our library. We have received two more donated laptops for the eventual tech center. And we seem to be on the verge of free shipping for donations.
All in all, we’re feeling extremely proud of how far we have come – thanks to your kindness, assistance and good wishes. We will continue to work hard to deserve it and use it in the most cost-effective, focused and positive way to assist our children.
Seniors installing the gate