Sport  Zimbabwe Project #50117

changing communities through sport for 500 kids

by Harvesters in Sport Trust
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
changing communities through sport for 500 kids
ALL SMILES
ALL SMILES

Remarks and Gratitude

This report serves as an account of the Harvesters in Sport Trust from January 2022 to April 2022 as a member of the GlobalGiving community. It is with great pleasure that we present this report saying thank you all for supporting our causes. Your support and concern go way beyond comprehension as there is a positive impact noticed daily on the lives of the children under our care. Once again, we say thank you for the unwavering support, there is continuous improvement in our program and you made it all possible. You have been consistent in supporting us since the beginning and we appreciate your love.

Our main focus currently is on building a home/shelter for the children with the most needs of accommodation, food, clothing, and education. These extremely vulnerable children amount to up to 15 children in dire need of help. We are hoping to put a structure of at least 3 bedrooms to house these children. Also, trainings have been put in place with a social worker to teach volunteering house mothers home-based care to handle children properly. In addition, the social worker initiated the drive for birth certificates for our children, as some of them do not have those national documents.

Workshops

In search of growth and improvement for our Kids Program, we have engaged a Social Worker for a more effective and professional approach to our modes of operation. From the start of this year, we have managed to host 3 successful workshops. One workshop was held in late February the other in mid-March and early April. In these workshops, our volunteers have been equipped with the necessary knowledge and tools to handle children better. These workshops are very relevant as we had volunteers with passion but not enough knowledge on how things go. For this, we are more than grateful as it gives us a more professional approach to our program and improves our operations.

Feeding Program

We are more than excited about our feeding program as we continue to drive toward our target to feed 500 kids daily. Through your support, there has been massive change and improvement in our feeding program. When we joined the GG community we would only feed children on weekends but now we are glad to say that we are now feeding children in dire need on a daily basis. The daily program caters to 70 children and weekends cater to 250 children on average. Our meals keep on improving to better menus for a balanced diet. Also, the industrial gas stove makes everything easy to cater to large numbers. Now we have a range of meals including cabbages, mince, soya chunks, beans, and green vegetables. However, our aim still remains to feed 500 kids daily. Thank you for your donations and contributions as you have made it all possible.

Laundry Program

Our laundry program has been continuously improving since its birth. We have increased the number of children falling under this program to 15 children. These 15 children are fully served under this program whereby they bring all their laundry and our volunteers take care of it. The rest get to have a few toiletries accompanied by hygiene lessons on those Laundry Thursdays. We are still struggling with the number of volunteers to take care of the Laundry Thursdays as most of them are occupied with the Feeding Program and Home Lessons. Our aim now is to get a number of washing machines to assist in boosting our program and involve all our children in the program. With enough assistance and contributions from you, we know this is achievable. Also, we are working on improving our toiletries supply for adequacy and proper hygiene in our children.

School Program

The scholarship program still requires intense funding to tackle tuition. Also, some of our children have graduated from primary school and moved on to secondary education where the rates are slightly higher than primary school rates. We are still struggling with adding more children to the scholarship program as we experienced some hikes in tuition fees. However, we have maintained to make sure no one is dropped out of the program and their fees are paid on time so as to avoid disturbances once they start school. Also, the children in the program are furnished with enough stationery. We remain grateful for your support as we manage to thrive through our program and maintain its main functions.

Home Learning

This program complements the scholarship program whereby our qualified volunteers administer lessons to our children. This program does not only carry subjects learned in school but also has experiential learning-based programs, grooming programs, and soft skills programs. This program is very essential as it prepares our children for life. Also, they are assisted in their studies, homework, and exam preparations. Our volunteers are equipped with relevant material to that children are not so far from the standard curriculum.

Sports and Games

This section is more attractive as we had fun tournaments and friendly matches in this quarter. We had 3 main sports in this quarter which are soccer, volleyball, and netball. Our soccer and netball teams have been successful in their competency levels. However, volleyball is still struggling as we do not have a volunteer with adequate experience to coach the sport. We had 3 main tournaments and our soccer boys topped all of them and our netball ladies managed to win 2 of the friendly tournaments. We are still requesting assistance to gather enough equipment so as to exploit our children’s full potential.

Though the situations get tough, together we have made it thus far. Lockdown measures for battling the novel coronavirus have been eased allowing us to re-engage the bulk of our programs back into action. However, we remain vigilant in the fierce battle against the pandemic, always teaching our children to exercise caution, avoid the further spread of the virus, and continue to remind them of the need to stay safe. We then seize this opportunity for life lessons and cultural cultivation concerning societal influence on child marriages and drug abuse. We try as much as we can to raise awareness and assist children educationally intellectually and socially. Once again, we say, Thank you!

LETS PLAY NETBALL
LETS PLAY NETBALL
GETTING EVERYONE ATTENTION NOT EASY AT ALL
GETTING EVERYONE ATTENTION NOT EASY AT ALL
CLOTHES DISTRIBUTION AFTER HOMEWORK
CLOTHES DISTRIBUTION AFTER HOMEWORK
LESSON AND PLAY TIME
LESSON AND PLAY TIME
WORKSHOP WITH THE SOCIAL WORKER
WORKSHOP WITH THE SOCIAL WORKER
WASHING UP AND LAUNDRY TIME
WASHING UP AND LAUNDRY TIME
TIME TO SERVE A MEAL
TIME TO SERVE A MEAL
THANK YOU FOR THE CLOTHES
THANK YOU FOR THE CLOTHES
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Food Yeay
Food Yeay

We would like to extend our gratitude for your support and consistency in assisting us through our journey this year. As we close 2021 and reach the end of our last quarter this year, we would love to appreciate all our supporters and benefactors for the unwavering support and consistency in our journey together this year. It was not an easy road but with your love and support we have managed to achieve a lot despite the harsh conditions impacted by the novel corona virus. In comparison with the beginning of this year, our program has improved in a lot of avenues, thanks to your funding and contributions towards our cause.

Our lockdown measures were lighter in this quarter. This allowed us to resume 80% of our activities. We are excited that the lift of bans allowed the reopening of schools and our children are back in school. Less contact sports have also been resumed as well as outdoor activities, fun learning and games. 

Our feeding program has improved significantly through your donations and contributions. We have managed to purchase a gas stove in the last quarter. This is a great benefit as we have managed to reduce various fuel and energy costs and it also makes work easier for our volunteers. We are now able to reallocate time from feeding to other activities as it has been reduced by this time effective utensil. The number of children has been constantly maintained for midweek feeding scheme and slightly increased for weekend feeding program. We still have takeaway meals to avoid the spread of the virus and our queues are constantly monitored to observe social distancing. However, our aim is still to feed at least 500 children on a daily basis.  

Laundry Thursdays have managed to continue consistently, all thanks to your support. We are pleased to write that we have managed to hold classes assisting our children on good hygiene through laundry Thursdays. Numerous classes on different aspects of hygiene have been held with volunteers tackling the topics and peer educators coming in to educate our children. Such topics as sanitary hygiene, dental care, proper bath and washing clothes have been put in play. This has helped improve our children’s hygiene. We are still aiming on supplying our children with enough and adequate toiletries, sanitary wear and oral health equipment through your help. 

After schools reopening, we managed to assist some of our children by paying for their school fees and buying them stationery and uniforms. However, not all our children enjoy this benefit and it is our aim to pay for every child under our program. For those who have not reached the age to be in school, we have tutors who take care of fundamental child learning for infants. These tutors also assist our children in their homework, assignments and exams preparation.      

The lift of bans on lockdown allowed us to resume sports with our children. We are doing as instructed by the regulations, starting with low contact sports whilst ensuring the safety of all our children and volunteers. We have volunteers who train our children fundamental skills in various sports as well as discipline. However, we still require enough equipment to train our children properly for better results in time.

We are super excited that we have finished this year in style. We had a great Christmas party with some of our friends gracing us with their presence.

We have spaced gatherings to teach children the dangers of Corona virus and continue to remind them of the need to stay safe. We then seize this opportunity for life lessons and cultural cultivation concerning societal influence on child marriages and drug abuse. We try as much as we can to raise awareness and assist children educationally that being intellectually and socially. Once again, we say, Thank you. See you in 2022!

Football teams
Football teams
Helping kids with home work
Helping kids with home work
Its my turn
Its my turn
Thankful bunch
Thankful bunch
Mega Meal preps! Its Christmas
Mega Meal preps! Its Christmas
Party time_350 of us
Party time_350 of us
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Children selecting shoes after Laundry Thursday
Children selecting shoes after Laundry Thursday

A very big thank you to all our partners for their love and support. We appreciate the efforts and contributions you have channeled towards our cause. Thank you for the confidence towards us and willingness to help along with the continued donations towards our feeding program and beyond. We’ve managed to accomplish several objectives through your unwavering support and consistency in assisting us. We are proud to announce that we have managed to maintain our program course despite the fluctuations in lockdown restrictions. Your help and support have made the restrictions almost insignificant as the funding came in handy as ever. We have managed to gain stability in our conduct and making sure that Covid 19 regulations are observed throughout the various courses of action. Our lockdown measures were tightened in July after a drastic rise in viral cases and infections hence we had to resort to old lockdown measures as well as suspend some activities such as sport, group classes, interaction, and staying in for meals for the protection of children as well as our volunteers. However, we did not stop the essential services provided by the program as they are crucial to the health and safety of our children. With your support, we have managed to carry on our services in a Covid free environment. The essential services include the feeding program, laundry Thursdays, and educational classes. Restrictions have recently been lowered in early September allowing the reopening of schools. Our children have managed to be in school. However, there are still some children who cannot afford the new pricing on school fees as they were hiked recently. Also, some children need new uniforms and stationery as they have outgrown their old uniforms and some of them are worn out. Given the support coming from you, we have managed to assist as possibly as we could as an organization and we have managed to fully sponsor 30% of the children in need of educational assistance. However, for the remaining 70%, we have managed to help as much we could and with your continued support, we will be able to do the same for them in due time. When the lockdown was in full play, we made sure our children have a bit of learning time with assistance from our volunteers. Volunteers assisted children in their day-to-day classes as well as maintaining a Covid free environment. Our feeding program was slightly affected by the changes in lockdown as children could no longer have stay-in meals where they could interact and play games whilst waiting for their portion for the day. We resorted to the old strategies where they bring their containers and carry their meals home after service. Despite these changes, our program has managed to grow nutritionally and in quantity. We had new members who joined the volunteers and made the processes a whole lot easier. Also, there have been additions to the varieties of meals having added vegetables to the menu for nutritional balance. This allows us to interchange meals during the week with soya chunks, beans, and vegetables. We have doubled up on quantities to help kids carry the food to cater for supper as well. We have had to do more beans in the diet to fight creeping malnutrition. We have also managed to slightly increase our carrying capacity with more children during the week. We aim to feed at least 500 children daily with a healthy and delicious meal. Morning young man. We managed to buy an industrial gas stove and a 19kg gas tank. We no longer use firewood. Thank you for the help with the finances!!! Our laundry Thursdays have been continued as an essential service as they cultivate hygiene in our children. Children bring their laundry and volunteers take care of it. They are given a proper bath as well as dental care. Also, they are given lectures on how to properly take care of themselves as well as properly wash themselves to have a clean refreshing bath. This program has also initiated lessons to the girl-child on good hygiene and sanitary wear as well as how to deal with puberty. In this course of action, volunteers have taken the chance to teach the girls about early marriages and the impact they have on their lives as well as the community. In this act, the organization has managed to provide sanitary wear for the girls which includes sanitary pads, towels, and soap for proper hygiene. We aim to provide this sanitary wear monthly to all the girls going through their pubic ages. We also wish to provide every child with their own set of toiletries so that they can exercise proper hygiene in their homes. Also, we would like to increase our reach and supply some of the children with clothes as they come from families that cannot afford to buy them clothes. Sports, parties, games, and activities have all been suspended except learning activities. This was due to the rise in cases of the deadly pandemic which resulted in a tense lockdown with quite many restrictions. However, we have managed to secure coaching clinics from some of our volunteers such that as soon as gatherings are allowed we will resume our sporting activities and games to allow our children to have lots of fun whilst enjoying learning. We have spaced gatherings to teach children the dangers of the Coronavirus and continue to remind them of the need to stay safe. We then seize this opportunity for life lessons and cultural cultivation concerning societal influence on child marriages and drug abuse. We try as much as we can to raise awareness and assist children educationally that being intellectually and socially. Once again, we say, Thank you!

time to eat
time to eat
food being dished out
food being dished out
Girls receiving sanitary wear
Girls receiving sanitary wear
Industrial stove and gas tank replacing firewood
Industrial stove and gas tank replacing firewood
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Lesson in progress
Lesson in progress

There are not enough words to express our heartfelt thanks for the love and support. You have continued to show love through continued donations to our feeding program and beyond. New monies came in and we were able to pay for school fees. We are grateful for the sacrifices our friends and partners are making. This has enabled us to have a bit of food variety. Sugar beans have been added to the menu. Our program has never been the same since the deadly pandemic but with your help we have managed to make it simple but significant, impacting change in the daily life of our beneficiaries. We are glad that lockdown restrictions had been lightened allowing children to have a taste of games, sport, and splendid learning opportunities. However, we did not ignore that we are not yet out of the pandemic era hence conducting all activities in a monitored Covid free environment.

Our lockdown measures were relaxed in March and this allowed us to hold activities during the weekends. We got a chance to play soccer games, have learning times, and educational plays during the weekends. The slight lift on bans allowed the children to indulge in sport and a mini party aftermath. We had 2 soccer matches and a whole lot of other activities during the day. The children had a bit of chance to mix and mingle as well as play against neighboring junior teams before the ban on gatherings was reinstated end of May. Therefore, we have resorted to the previous safety strategies we had put in place during the tense lockdown.

However, our feeding strategies did not change. Our children have increased in number and our meals have improved in terms of variety as well as quality and quantity, all thanks to you. We have maintained takeaway meals and children are required to bring containers for their food. Queues are monitored to maintain social distancing while waiting for service. Thanks to your unwavering support, we have managed to maintain the feeding schedule of 4 days per week despite the increase in the number of children. Our aim is still to cover the spaces and feed these children daily with a target of supplying 500 children a day with a healthy nutritious and balanced diet meal.

We are glad that our Laundry Thursday’s program has managed to sustain as well as run successfully in the last quarter. We could not have achieved this goal without your help. This program covers children who do not have or cannot afford to have washing soap or bathing soap. Laundry Thursdays seek to maintain and teach children good hygiene, which is crucial for good health. Our volunteers have managed to set up a workspace to do laundry for the children as well as give them a proper bath with enough resources including distribution of toothbrushes and provision of toothpaste for good dental care. We need to raise new funds to start allocating pieces of soap to households, as numbers are now excessively many.

We have managed to secure tutors who take care of fundamental child learning for infants. The best we can do for everyone now is to assist in studies, homework, and assignments since we are still sourcing the funding. We still aim to have a separate funding process to enable us to contribute significantly towards school fees support. A big thank you to our friends who are showing a willingness to support the kids' fees scheme. Twenty-one children have been added to our Educational Benefit Fund. We still aim to incorporate and include every child in our educational assistance program. There’s a need to increase tutors around the area as there is a significant deficit with a proportion of 1:40 which is not ideal for effective learning.

 

We have spaced gatherings to teach children the dangers of the Coronavirus and continue to remind them of the need to stay safe. We then seize this opportunity for life lessons and cultural cultivation concerning societal influence on child marriages and drug abuse. We try as much as we can to raise awareness and assist children educationally that being intellectually and socially. Once again, we say, Thank you!

Games
Games
Football
Football
Dishing Food
Dishing Food
Mini Party Scene
Mini Party Scene
Sanitising
Sanitising
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Waiting for food
Waiting for food

We are grateful for the support our campaign to feed up to 500 children received. unfortunately, 2021 began in strict lockdown mode meaning kids could not gather to play games, listen to life-changing stories nor play. as a result, our strategy had to quickly change and create a Covid free environment for the children to come in and grab a meal. no sit-in meals were allowed and no sharing of plates was allowed as well too. children had to bring in a container or plate for their food to be put in and they took that away to eat. 

due to the strict nature of the lockdown, we were unable to have long winding lines of kids coming for food until much later. this meant we were restricted to feeding fewer kids than we had wanted.

on the whole from one meal a day in 2020 and feeding fewer children we are now able to feed 4 times a week. many thanks for the support you have given us. we are not there yet as we desire to provide a nutritious meal a day for 500 children. the funds we have raised enable us to provide at most 4 meals a day. during the week we target the hardest-hit kids while on Saturdays we open up the feeding to everyone one of them.

Early March lockdown rules were relaxed this enabled us to feed more children but we are still not able to engage in sporting activities, Nor playing in groups but we have tried to have spaced gatherings and teach the children the dangers of the Coronavirus and continue to remind them of the need to stay safe. we cant wait to start doing sporting activities again!

Your support has made a lot of a difference as the meal variety has improved. we are ensuring there are carbohydrates and protein in each meal to try as much as possible to create a balanced diet.

Schools reopened 15 March for those sitting for public exams and 22 March for everyone else. we are not able to do much in terms of helping some of the children with school fees as the bulk of the raised funds is earmarked for feeding throughout the year. we, therefore, need to have a separate funding process to enable us to contribute significantly towards school fee support. meanwhile, we are working on having tutors around the area to help the children with studying and homework. the current list we can support has 13 primary school kids and 8 secondary school kids. these 21 are the ones we have paid fees for. we have up to 100 other kids waiting for support to enroll.

We are launching what we call Laundry Thursdays. This is a special day to help the kids under our care who have zero access to bath and washing soap to bring their clothes for washing up, brush their teeth (yes, kids here can go for months without a single brushing of teeth- a lot of awareness-raising and provision of toothpaste is needed) and take a bath.

Thank you

Near the end of the food Queue
Near the end of the food Queue
A bit of commotion but Leaders sorting it out
A bit of commotion but Leaders sorting it out
At the front of the food Queue finally
At the front of the food Queue finally
Laundry Thursday in full swing
Laundry Thursday in full swing
time for supervised bathing
time for supervised bathing
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Harvesters in Sport Trust

Location: Harare - Zimbabwe
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Project Leader:
Hatiatyi Kwenda
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