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Voice of Peace Organization-Zimbabwe

Updated: May 18, 2019

Children’s Ministry Progress Report – Marcy 5 2019


ABOUT VOICE OF PEACE ORGANIZATION



It started operating in the year 2000 in Dawnview, Harare running a children’s home with 28 children. Most of these children have finished University some are now working for Voice of Peace whilst others are working in various institutions.


Moreover, some are working outside the country whilst others are still at University and in high school. During our hey days we expanded into Mt Darwin, Hurungwe, Buhera, Nyanga, Mutoko, Mwenezi, Victoria Falls Epworth and Great Harare.


By 2008 we had cared for 6 000 orphans and vulnerable children and the majority through our community based care program. We also had opened 4 orphanages and a shelter for girls rescued from human trafficking and also a clinic and two schools for orphans. We had a feeding program for 2000 children in Epworth.


Due to economic meltdown and the political instability mostly 2007 to 2009 our resources began to dwindle. Most of our donors where threatened by the political violence and they began to pull out.


First to be hit hard were our children’s homes and the shelter for girls. We did cut down on our numbers but eventually closed two of the homes and the shelter for girls. The community based care later got affected and we could not bring food containers into the country. Also, the political violence disbursed our orphans with their care givers.

Our numbers began to decrease at Dawnview Children's Home where we now have 14 children, at Mt Darwin Children's Home we have 28 and at our Daniel Academy school we have 250. We have 300 children on our community based care program within our centers we sending to school.


We also stopped our feeding program and our medical clinic. We also ran children's clubs through churches and communities, which at the moment focuses mainly on the spiritual aspect.


SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS

  • Farming growing our own food at Borrowdale

  • Goat project in Mt Darwin

  • Poultry project in Mt Darwin

  • Gardening in Mt Darwin and Borrowdale

  • Wedding decorations


FUTURE PLANS

  • Renovate Mt Darwin cottages

  • Build houses and toilets at Mt Darwin children's home

  • Renovate Grocery shop at Mt Darwin children's home and operate it

  • Open skills training center at Mt Darwin

  • Build a fish farming project in Mt Darwin, Buhera, Victoria Falls and Nyanga

  • Build children's houses at Nyanga, Victoria Falls Buhera

  • Renovate the clinic and operate

  • Renovate the shelter for girls rescued from human trafficking and operate

  • Put boreholes at all our centers.




SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS - UPDATES


Farming/ Growing Our Own Food



Different types of crops are grown for sustainability. Since maize is the staple food it provides the much needed basic balanced diet. It is through this project the welfare of kids is better supported when it comes to basic needs.



Children are encouraged to participate in cultivating so that they better understand how the world works. Equipping them with the right tools mentally and behavior wise gives them a strong personality. When they encounter negative variable elicited by the true world it will be easier for them to sustain the pressures amicably and with ease. Human empowerment is one of the essential tools we believe in.


Goat Project In Mt. Darwin



We also keep goats in Mt Darwin. Given the devouring economic instability inflicting the country some commodities are beyond reach. Goats provide the much needed meat to help sustain children. Price hikes and inflation leaves the rearing of goats as one of the options to sustain children.


Poultry Project In Mt. Darwin


Moreover, in Mt Darwin we keep chickens. Through these projects children are taught how to run projects. Those that are not mentally gifted benefit a lot.



OUR NEEDS


At Dawnview Children’s Home

  • Educational sponsorship

  • Beds, bedding,

  • Food

  • Kitchen utensils, dining table, stove, Fridge, Stove

  • Fence

  • Water storage tanks

  • Clothes and shoes


Mt Darwin children’s home

  • Renovating cottages

  • Building toilets

  • Fence

  • Beds, bedding, kitchen utensils, sofas and dining tables

  • Food

  • Education

  • Borehole


Daniel Academy needs

  • Educational

  • Uniforms

  • Borehole

  • Toilets

  • Feeding program


Buhera needs

  • Education

  • Food

  • Clothing


Victoria Falls needs

  • Education


Mwenezi needs

  • Education


Mutoko needs

  • Education


Nyanga needs

  • Education

  • Beds, bedding

  • Food

  • Kitchen utensils

  • Fence

  • Food


Other needs

  • More children to be sponsored

  • University sponsorship

  • Sanitary wear


OTHER PROJECTS WE ARE ENGAGED IN ACROSS THE COUNTRY


Children's Community Outreach



We offer Christian education, psycho-social support, educational, emotional and spiritual support.



We engage in different activities with children from different communities.


Christmas Party



We also celebrate Christmas with children. We host parties for them so that they can have joy, happiness and an opportunity to refresh themselves.


Presents For Children



We also give children gifts during Christmas festive season. They really enjoy receiving presents and their joy, laughter and happiness is a marvel to experience!


Daniel Academy School



Daniel Academy…educational support is provided to the underprivileged children in Epworth. Children also receive some groceries for sustenance. The community is hunger stricken and has some social illnesses that we are trying to address and alleviate. We do home visits to experience the environment they live in so that we can better help them academically, through life supporting skills, psycho-social support, Christian education, arts and recreation and sports among others.



CHILDREN’S HOMES


Mt Darwin Children's Home, 28 Children


Nyanga Children's Home ,6 children


CHILDREN'S CLUBS Epworth ,Buhera Mutoko, Mt Darwin Mwenezi,Victoria Falls, Kuwadzana Dzivarasekwa



CHALLENGES

  • Teen pregnancy

  • Early marriages

  • Teen prostitution

  • After school work

  • Traumatization for those who cared for dying parents and those who are child headed household


James 1:27, ESV: "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."


Compiled by Tapiwa B Kanengoni

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