Provide Youth in Zimbabwe with Hope

by American Foundation for Children with AIDS
Provide Youth in Zimbabwe with Hope

Never was there a need to educate young women in Zimbabwe than there is right now.  As the country moves towards having the highest inflation the world, the need to educate young women becomes a top priority.    The alternative for many young women is poverty and child marriage. 

The Sandra Jones Centre, in partnership with the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, is committed to helping young women unleash their full potential.  Through their vocational skills training program teenage girls with no formal education can learn skills that will assist them in not only supporting themselves but also their families.  Skills such as running a chicken project, vegetable farming and greenhouse farming are included in their course along with life skills and business skills.  

We currently have 18 young women participating in our course.  We believe that when a girl is educated she is given choices – she gets to choose her own path and fulfill her dreams.  These young women believe they deserve a bright future.   And they know that with hard work and commitment they can achieve their goals.  Shannon knows the training she is receiving will put food on her table.  She is excited to take what is learning back to her community where she can teach other young women the skills she has received.

Thank you to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS for helping us to help the young women of Zimbabwe. 

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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It's so nice to report that everything is relatively quiet on the home front!  All of our goats are healthy and happy. Our first kids have started to arrive and our first set of twins for this year!  It's an exciting time.  So far all the kids are boys.

Thando and Bheki continue to do a wonderful job of watching over and caring for the tribe. We are thankful for their hard work and attention to our important project. They bring a sense of calmness to all of us.

We are reminded on a daily basis of the goodness around us and that it is made possible by the generous donors like yourself. We don't take it for granted and know that we wouldn't be able to help the children in our community without you.

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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As we begin a new year, our goat project is doing well.  

All the animals are happy and looking good.  We have had close to 50mm of rain to date and the farm is beginning to turn different shades of green.  The grass is sprouting where it was burnt a few months ago which the goats are thoroughly enjoying.  

I took Thomas to the local kids club a few weeks ago and we both decided that it wasn’t the right tool to use to meet and identify beneficiary families in the community.  I will introduce Thomas to another young pastor that I know who is already doing door to door visits in the community so he can tag along and start meeting different families.

We’ve started our breeding cycle for the year with the ladies being grouped together with two of the bucks, so hopefully we will have another good crop of kids in May.  After having trouble with jackal, we have made sure the pens are strong and secure so that the goats are safer at night.  We're always learning and making changes ... a growing experience!

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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In March, 40 of the Morning Star goats were moved across to Providence to develop a new multiplication centre to feed into a new community east of Bulawayo.  Thando and Keith have moved across and have both settled well.  We have plans to update their living quarters so that their families can join them here at Providence.  All the training and time Norma and Diamond have invested in them has been an incredible blessing, and trust that their knowledge and experience will continue as we expand the project.

We have build a few enclosures, one for the bucks and a maternity unit for the does when they kid. 

In June we had  a primary school visit the farm, the children got to see lots of different aspects to farm life, including how the project is designed to help vulnerable families in our community, and the goats loved having kids feed them treats from the greenhouses!! 

Our numbers have increased with the birth of 6 kids. Gary is organizing transport for 6 beneficiary does and Fred from Morning Star later this week!!  Sadly we have also had a few loses for first time moms, but hopefully they will do better next time round. 

We have also built a "milk bar” and I will start to experiment for cheese making when the volumes increase.  I am grateful for the milk that we are getting at the moment because we are supplementing a lamb that has been rejected by its mom.  

As we come to the end of our winter we look forward to the next batch of kids on the block!! 

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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The training on bee keeping was supposed to start at 9am but the trainers are no where to be seen. We find out a couple hours later that their truck got stuck in the mud somewhere along the way to the community center, due to the unceasing rains that have arrived in this area of the world. They finally arrive and teach a group of 28 community members about bees – how to build a hive, how to attract a swarm, the importance of honey to nature and to their own health, and all sorts of other important information.  The people are interested and they want to get into this business of bee keeping and of earning a bit of money.  This training is the beginning of a new AFCA project in the area of Matopos. It follows the goat project, allowing beneficiary families to go a step further in their quest to break out of abject poverty.

Ginny is here, peering over shoulders, trying to glimpse the bee hives that the trainer has brought as samples. It is hard for me to recognize her behind her mask, but when I approach her, I realize it isn’t only the mask that keeps me from knowing her immediately. The fact is, Ginny has changed. Five years ago, as one of our first goat beneficiaries in the area, Ginny was desperately poor. She was skin and bones, afraid, with shallow skin, and mismatched shoes. Her ripped clothes hung off of her and she shivered, as it was too cold and her clothing was just not enough. Today, though…

Today Ginny has gorgeous skin, smooth and filled out. No longer are her cheekbones hollow and she has enough clothes on (I didn’t see a single tear) and no longer looks old and defeated. She made sure to pay her gift of goats forward and “paid off” her contract one year ahead of time, thanks to a goat named Mary who kept giving birth to twins. She is obviously eating well and looks healthy. Smiling, she reported on her current herd and stated that she is ready to work with bees.

We finished the workshop by giving each attendee a bag of ePap (a fortified porridge), which was so gratefully accepted, humbling me at what gratitude looks like when there are no expectations and a much needed gift is extended. 

Everyone here at the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, and our partners in Africa, thank you for your continued support of this important project.  If you would like to learn even more about this project and others, please contact Tanya Weaver at tweaver@AFCAids.org. 

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