By Sophia Klein | Chairperson, African Bush Camps Foundation
To our dear donors:
THANK YOU for all your support throughout the time we've had our project, "A Safe Learning Space for Zimbabwean ECD Learners", active on GlobalGiving. We are grateful for your support and proud of what we have been able to achieve together. As a result of shifting priorities for the Foundation and the impact of COVID-19, in addition to the fact that we have been able to complete as much as we can during this time as it relates to this particular project, we will be deactivating the project on GlobalGiving.
When schools opened in March 2021, the ECD learners were able to make use of the ablution facilities. As a result of the lengthy COVID restrictions in Zimbabwe, there was no official opening ceremony however the building was handed over to the school and the Main Camp National Parks community and the ECD learners now have a safe space for their schooling.
Donations amounting to $18,008.81 have been received to date of which $12,279.20 was spent resulting in a surplus of $5,729.61. These funds have not yet been allocated, but will be allocated as soon as we are able to understand the other priorities of the community.
As part of this Final Report, we are happy to share images with you that show how far the work has come and what we have been able to close out with support of your generous donations. We have also included the completion report.
We are grateful for your donations, thank you for your ongoing support to the African Bush Camps Foundation.
The Latest on Learners in Zimbabwe - The Early Childhood Development Centre
By Sophia Ndlovu | Chairperson, African Bush Camps Foundation
Hello from beautiful Zimbabwe!
Thank you for your wonderful support to the future of students in Zimbabwe. As you know, our ECD focused project looks at providing solutions for the Early Childhood Development (ECD). The ECD is part of the Hwange Main Camp Primary School, situated at the main entrance in the southern part of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. The school along with the ECD serves the children of National Parks employees and their families in a predominantly communal setting. Hwange Main Camp Primary School serves this community of roughly 170 households.
As a part of focusing on the holistic development of the community, one of our main objectives has been to improve hygiene and provide access to safe water and basic sanitation. Up until recently, the ECD classes were sharing a single communally used adult squat toilet located nearby and had no facilities for hand washing. In addition to the current need for good hygiene practices, young children in Zimbabwe have been affected by typhoid and cholera in recent years, both of which can be contracted through exposure to unsanitary conditions, such as crowded communal ablutions and the absence of appropriate sanitary facilities such as hand washing basins. Young children are especially at risk and stand a higher chance of becoming critically ill or experiencing delayed recoveries, which can have long-term negative effects on a child’s development.
Through your generous donations, we built ablutions for the children including toilets and hand washing basis to support the community to increase ECD admissions and give children a better start in life. We are grateful for your support in achieving these objectives.
Due to Zimbabwe still being affected by ongoing lock-down restrictions, the official opening of the new facilities has been further delayed and an opening date for schools for 2021 is still unknown, however the new facilities are now in the hands of the school and community and the buildings are ready to welcome the students when they are able to return to school.
Thank you to all our wonderful donors who have made this long-standing dream for the Early Childhood Development classes at Main Camp Primary School in Hwange National Park a reality!
Having raised the majority of our fundraising goal, we are thrilled to announce that construction of the dedicated ECD ablutions has been completed! We broke ground in September and the construction team worked hard to ensure that we remained on schedule.
Just a few days ago, the building received a lick of vibrant paint and all that now remains are a few finishing touches to the interior.
When the young learners return to school, they will have a safer, more hygienic learning environment thanks to each of you.
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