What do we do?
The objectives of Zimkids are:
Directing people towards self-sufficiency is the most important focus for Zimkids. One particular success we’ve seen is with a lady who has been very productive in sewing and knitting garments and selling them to help pay for her children’s education. It has been very encouraging to see the positive reactions from the women who have been able to start providing for their families. We are also teaching individuals to grow crops and develop independence for feeding their families.
RELIEF OF POVERTY
Healthcare is one of our biggest concerns for the families we support and many of them cannot afford medical care. We regularly see individuals who suffer from TB, HIV and cholera. We give these individuals extra food such as peanut butter and milk powder as these are high in protein. When available we also provide basic medication such as rehydration salts, Paracetamol and multi vitamins. Zimkids are continually looking for accommodation for the families that we support. We have bought a plot of land and helped to build a home for one of our families who had previously been renting floor space in a store room of the local school. A new Zimkids base has been donated and the team have now moved in there. This house provides a base for people to come and seek help as well as somewhere for the team to carry out their day to day activities.
Due to a shortage of teachers last year many of our children were unable to attend school. Therefore Zimkids started giving lessons to children and setting homework to encourage learning. We have continued giving extra lessons for children that have missed out on time in school and have volunteers who help make this happen. Where schooling is now available we pay school fees and source uniforms, stationery etc– without these the children are not accepted into school.
God is at the centre of everything we do at Zimkids. Whilst carrying out our day to day activities we are privileged to share our Christian faith with others.