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Join us for an evening of great music and fine desserts, visiting with friends and meeting new ones. And all the while supporting Zimkids.
ZimKids Orphan Trust was built, bit-by-bit, brick by brick, in response to the pressing needs of the orphans in Pumula North, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, the community we serve. The 300 orphans we work with are extremely fragile. Not only have they watched their parents die, but most have also been traded around among relatives, moved from rural areas to town and often back, used as servants by distant relatives, or trapped at the age of 12 raising two or three younger brothers and sisters.
We provide them with a new type of family, one in which they are valued as individuals and helped to reach their potential. We’re succeeding because the “heads” of that family are their brothers and sisters, alumni of our program who understand, on the one hand, their needs and challenges from the inside, and who, on the other, have learned, from Zimkids, new personal, interpersonal and practical skills.
Zimkids provides these orphans with educational opportunities, skills training, medical care, food, medical care, and recreational activities. At Zimkids, we have no fancy SUV’s, no paid foreign staff, and all but two of our employees are former beneficiaries who we have trained in fields that help Zimkids, and who now have the skills to move out on their own as opportunities arise. Our day-to-day operations are largely self-funded, based on the work of the children themselves. They make dolls and wire toys – as they do for their own pleasure – which are brought back to the U.S. Individual donors and grants pay for special projects that include schoolbooks, outreach activities, medical aid, and building. Zimkids also generates income from our welding and construction vocational training program. Our preschool is entirely self-sufficient.