We have partnered with Church of All Nations in Overspill, Epworth (a suburb outside of the capital city of Harare). This church is led by Pastor Chinyama, a man with a huge heart for the orphans. Already he is doing something about it.
Step One ~ Pastor Chinyama has started a bridge school for these children, ages 7-15. This gives them the basics of their education (learning how to read and write) so they can later transition into a regular school. Without an education, they have no hope for a job as an adult. We have built the school building which the 2019 Serve Team helped construct. These classrooms are now finished with the plastering, finish floor installed, and windows, doors and security bars in place. Now we are working on having the desks built plus working to purchase chairs, chalkboards, bulletin boards, supply closets, cubby holes for student backpacks, and bookcases with books in each room. This will be completed by August 2020!
Step Two ~ Make the Bridge School totally self-sustainable, build an onsite kitchen for daily meals for the children, and further develop the industrial medical clinic once government approvals are in. Many of these children do not even get one consistent meal a day. Our goal is to provide a daily nutritious lunch. Will you help make this a reality?
Step Three ~Developing a vocational training for the older teens. For those who are not able to attend high school due to the high school fees (no free education here), they need to learn a vocational trade. This will provide them with skills and training on how to start their own micro-enterprise. Skills may include carpentry, auto mechanics, tailoring, welding, and painting. For those who have finished high school, many of them still need skills training due to the high unemployment in the formal sector. For these providing scholarships for IT training and other higher education is a great need. Project for 2019!
Step Four ~ Purchase property and build an orphan family home to house 10-12 orphans in a home with loving houseparents. Orphan family homes are for the most vulnerable of the orphans who have no extended family to live with or are in abusive situations. This is a long-term project as it must be locally self sustaining from the outset.
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