July 2017 Visit to Zimbabwe
Sarah and Flor have recently returned from a visit to Zimbabwe where we were able to catch up on the latest developments, visit schools and meet with many of our sponsor children. It is always such an incredible time, seeing how lives are being changed and watching the development of our programmes first hand. We also had the privilege of ensuring this little girl is now going to school after 5 years of no education.
In addition, we spent quality time with Simon who oversees the farming projects and we learnt of the progress being made by caregivers and orphan families. This year for the first time, 63 families have been able to sell their maize and other produce for profit. This is an incredible result and a super step on the path to self sufficiency, with those families now able to fund school fees for the children themselves.
Seeing the benefits yielded also motivates other caregivers and we now have many more who are waiting to join the project. We are desperately seeking further funding to enable us to continue with this most important aspect of our work. Please consider a commitment to regular giving that is directly impacting children's lives via our justgiving page
In addition, we were delighted to be able to visit Manjeru Primary school and ensure the delivery of new desks and benches from HPE fundraising. The new furniture will accommodate more than 200 pupils, making such a difference to their learning. It was such a pleasure to meet the children who were so grateful and happy with the other resources we took for them too.
January 2017 Bright Tomorrows and Hewlett-Packard
Bright Tomorrows was invited to speak at the Bett Education Show about our initiative with Hewlett-Packard . This exciting project will provide much needed resources for a school in Masvingo Province. In addition to desks and seating, we aim to raise funds for books, better water provision and train the children to grow veggies in the newly revamped veggie garden.
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Mutoko playtimes ahead
Play times just got way more fun for our pre schoolers in Mutoko! Its taken a while to make it work logistically, but it was worth the wait for our children who clearly look like they are making the most of it. Thank you to the people with big hearts who worked hard to make this happen and to bring some much needed joy into their lives
Thank you to all who came along and supported us in some way the the Big Church Day Out! It was hard work, but a lot of fun and fantastic to make so many new friends....
Our beautiful Winter Ball was another great success, helping us raise nearly £3,000 for our work in Haiti and Zimbabwe. Many thanks to all who supported the event, including local companies who donated auction prizes. Also not forgetting Marc and his hilarious puppetry, which made for a unique evening!
Thank you for making this evening a great success and ensuring more children are getting to school! Here are our wonderful dancers in action!
Zimbabwe Trip August 2015
Our programme in Zimbabwe is going from strength to strength, thanks to the hard work of Jeannie and Simon. We now have 80 caregivers who are growing maize in Mhondoro and many are now planting other crops, such as potatoes, peppers and beans. The success of this project is increasing year on year as the crop growers support a new family by providing them with seed and training. The wonderful news is that many caregivers are now able to support the orphans with school fees as they can sell some of their crops. Local officials have heard of the success of the project and are asking Simon to run a training day for the wider community!
Simon has also been working with a group of 45 young people in the area. Many of these are girls, such as Talent, who became pregnant when she was just 14 and dropped out of school. With Simon's support, Talent has turned from a shy young girl into a confident farmer. She is growing crops to feed her baby and will hopefully be able to soon return to her studies.
It was humbling and inspiring to meet with so many of the children who we have been supporting in Zim for many years now. All of the children face huge difficulties and their stories tell tales of daily courage. It was wonderful to meet with one of our very special boys on our visits (see photo) We first met in in 2009 when he was eating ants from the dirt for his meal. His life is still full of hardship, but thanks to sponsors he is going to school regularly and his favourite subject is maths!
We are most grateful for the ongoing support of the Lister Trust which ensures Simon is able to continue with the crop growing.
We are always happy to provide speakers for your church, school and/or other organisation. Please contact us if you would be interested in hearing more about the issues affecting children in the countries in which we work.
We have been extending our range of beautiful and original crafts from Zimbabwe and have found these to be popular at some of our events and exhibits. Items range from authentic print dishes to candles, jewellery, handmade cards and placemats and a selection of soapstone figures and bead animals. All the profits from these sales go directly to supporting the children. We are very excited to be looking to develop our skills-based training with teenagers to offer them craft based techniques that can be sold locally and through us. Initial training starts at £30 for 3 days. If you are interested in supporting a teenager in this initiative, please do get in touch