Friends of Kids in Zimbabwe is so excited to add Sunshine Project Zimbabwe as a beneficiary. Sunshine Zimbabwe Project is a Welfare organisation, established in 2011 to provide education and training to adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities. This project was developed in response to a need for a facility to cater for school leavers from special schools within Harare. Sunshine Zimbabwe Project is registered as a division of Silver Linings Trust; however fundraising and management are independently run by a separate board. Staff include management, teacher and volunteers. They are very active in teaching these young adults various different skills and are a certified City and Guilds Centre as well. They are currently offering Hospitality, Motor Vehicle Maintenance and IT to remedial students.
Friends are hoping to be able to assist in promoting their many fund raising events and work towards gathering sponsorship to assist with covering costs of the various courses and activities they offer so that those who cannot attend the courses due to financial constraints can attend and gain a skill and become gainfully employed. Please visit their website www.sunshinezimbabweproject.com and facebook page www.facebook.com/SunshineZimbabweProject and see what they are all up to.
If you are out of Zimbabwe and want to contribute to this VERY worthy course please contact us, go to our Virgin Money Giving Fundraising page, or shop on line with Give as You Live and let us know that you want your contributions to go to Sunshine specifically.
It is with very heavy hearts that we have removed The Zimbabwe Children’s Heart Foundation and The Brain Tumour Association of Zimbabwe from the list of beneficiaries of Friends of Kids in Zimbabwe but we have heard nothing from either of them during 2015 and no response to any communication sent.
During 2015 we raised £1555.57 towards various small projects for the charities we support and promote. This was through three main means – The regular monthly donation made for Pari Volunteers specifically, a team fundraising day in March where a company in London donated the proceeds to Friends of Kids in Zimbabwe and Give as you Live where supporters shopped on line at over 4 000 top retailers and we received a donation at no extra cost to the shopper.
With this we have passed the money on to Pari Volunteers for their scans, drugs and support of the children in the Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, who cannot afford to pay for their much needed treatment. We have also assisted with the upkeep of the swimming pool at St Catherine’s and the repairs of the washing machines at The Jairos Jiri Centre.
Toys and Stationery generously donated to Friends of Kids in Zimbabwe have been distributed to some of the organisations we support and we have promoted the various projects and events held by our benficiaries.
As well as this, during 2015 we have been able to direct 29 families, with children needing assessment and assistance, to the appropriate facility and supplied 7 people looking to help at the various charities, with the information they were looking for. So although we were not able to cover large projects, we have been able to promote the charities and increase awareness of what they do and where they are, and assist in a small way with some of their repairs and maintenance.
During 2014 we raised £ 3871.45 which is half as much again as we made in 2013 which was £ 2 556.79. Thank you to all who donated towards the projects we assisted with during the year. It would be amazing if we could achieve a similar increase again this year, keep an eye on the thermometer on the right of the home page to see how we are doing.
The WizEar Trust joined us as a beneficiary as did Pathways Autism Trust, St Catherine’s and Jairos Jiri Southerton Branch. We welcome them to the ‘team’
The major fund raising done was through sporting events undertaken by 3 individuals – a marathon in Brighton, a bicycle ride in Zimbabwe and a climb up Mont Blanc in France. We thank these individuals for their commitment to ‘Friends’ and to all who generously donated to us during the year.
The projects assisted with were for The Wizear Trust, St Catherine’s, Pari Volunteers, The Autism Organisation, and Jairos Jiri.
This year, a company in London has held a charity day and gave us the proceeds (£207.54) and a further £100 was added by an individual in the company. This will go towards one of the projects on the go right now. Further news and pictures to follow when this is done. Get together with your colleagues at work and see if you can better this drive and donation.
This Thursday is International Purple Day, this is an event designed to raise awareness of epilepsy. It all began in 2008 and people are encouraged to wear a purple-coloured item of clothing in support of epilepsy.On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. The Epilepsy Support Foundation of Zimbabwe are hosting an epi-quiz in Harare on Thursday. Please wear purple on Thursday in support of epilepsy in Zimbabwe.