6 things we think about

1: FOOD-MAKING SURE THERE’S ENOUGH FOR ALL

Zimbabwe was once known as the “breadbasket of Africa” and food was plentiful. Over the last two decades the situation has become very desperate, and the need for food is constant. Our focus is to continue providing support until the situation improves.

2: CLOTHING-NEW CLOTHES ARE OFTEN OUT OF REACH

New clothing is a rarity at the orphanage, and most children have just a few pieces of clothing to their name. We are working to provide new clothing on a seasonal basis for the children who need it the most. Fabric from pillowcases has been used to make a dress, like this one here:

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A dress made from a pillowcase and ribbon

3: SCHOOL-TUITION, SUPPLIES AND HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

Not far from the orphanage is a school that was built by missionaries from Colorado. The Zimbabwean Government pays the salaries of the teachers and the students at the orphanage are permitted to attend. We are raising funds for their tuition and supplies.

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Students lined up after school

4. PLANTING A GARDEN

We are hoping to plant a garden with a variety of fruits and vegetables that can be grown throughout the year as a nourshing source for the orphans. We are focused on raising funds for a solar powered water pump to irrigate the garden on a consistent schedule.

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The early stages of the vegetable garden

5. PROVIDING FOR THE UNEXPECTED

While we continue to work to provide the basics for the orphans and the caretakers, it is impossible to anticipate the ongoing needs that arise. Whether more assistance is needed due to health issues, drought, or other circumstances, we hope to be faithful in providing care. Please prayerfully consider helping this organization financially.

6. CHICKEN OPERATION: A SOURCE OF INCOME

In an ongoing quest to find a suitable venture to generate income it has been discovered that raising chickens for sale is the most promising. This requires a minimal amount of start up capital and is also a year-round venture that produces steady income. The volatile economy, caused by a high rate of inflation, will be a key determining factor in the outcome.

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Baby chicks are ready for sale after 6-7 weeks

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The business of chickens

In an ongoing quest to find a suitable venture to generate income it has been discovered that raising chickens for sale is the most promising. This requires a minimal amount of start up capital and is also a year-round venture that produces steady income.

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Chicken is the meat of choice because beef and pork are prohibitively expensive. There is currently one chicken house in operation that can accommodate 500 chickens. A second chicken house with the same capacity is now under construction. Sales are good and the initial results of the operation are promising but it will take time to accurately assess the project’s potential. The volatile economy, caused by a high rate of inflation, will be a key determining factor in the outcome.

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Current efforts center around expanding the second chicken house and making sure that it’s properly secured with a fence to repel predators. With adequate fencing, the chickens can remain safe until the time they are old enough to be sold for consumption. The income from this venture will provide for basic necessities at the orphanage. The reality is that while this source of revenue is important, it will far from satisfy the needs of the organization.

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Zim Orphans: a brief overview

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Since its beginning in 2002, Zim Orphans has been dedicated to providing a basic lifestyle, to the extent possible, to many hungry, hurting and lonely orphans of Zimbabwe. They are provided food, clothing, medical care, shelter and education in a loving, spiritual environment. Above all they are directed on a path of ultimately achieving self dependency.

Those who find their way to the orphanage in Neshuro, Zimbabwe come for different reasons, but it is safe to say they are hungry, without much clothing, basic necessities, and without parents or caregivers who can provide for them.

There are four dormitories on the property. Each dormitory is home to about 13 children, a housemother, and is outfitted with a dining area, kitchen—and thanks to continued support from the faithful—cooking stoves. Until this recent development, food was cooked outside over a fire. While the electricity in Zimbabwe is not constant, but can be intermittent, the addition of cooking stoves provides convenience, efficency and is a point of hope for those who call the orphanage home.

James 1:27 says, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

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