She has worked as a nurse with children, in aboriginal communities, in correctional centre facilities, in detention centres, at Central Queensland University, in aged care and as a ship’s nurse on a boat. In a previous lifetime she owned a Flying School and Charter Service and has logged close to 500 hours flying time.
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Hi to all AFADU Sponsors and Friends,
Although many of you keep up to date with our regular news through our The Village by AFADU Facebook Group, we’d like to provide our sponsors and supporters with this detailed update on “what is happening at The Village”.
This edition’s headlines:
- Children’s News from Margret
- Another Great Story!!!
- Dr. Schimper and Dr. Mawana: Chikombedzi Hospital
- Chicken Project
- Lirhanzo Mission School
- Garden Project
- Field Trip – July 2019
- What can you do to help ???
We have 33 children living and registered at Lirhanzo Children’s Village and 10 children living with Margret Mutero in her compound in Chikombedzi who attend the Chikombedzi High School.
There are 12 more children getting support from AFADU who attend other local schools.
Three young men are completing tertiary studies at Life Sowing College in Chiredzi, learning how to be motor mechanics.
Presently we have 4 young adults attending University including one young man who is studying for his Master’s Degree in Commerce.
We are very proud of Fanuel, brought up at LCV has just completed his teaching degree and is awaiting registration before starting his teaching career.
Mostly our high school students are working hard and all our children are brought up to value education and are proud of their achievements.
They all realise how special AFADU is and how lucky they are.
There are a few children at LCV, including 2 new children who are HIV +.
They are all responding to treatment and regularly get counselling.
One of our older girls was diagnosed with tuberculosis, however, she is also much improved and responding well to treatment.
Tragically, one of our older children passed away in the care of extended family, with an undiagnosed illness.
The family were supported by AFADU with funeral expenses.
All other children are healthy and thriving.
LCV MISSION SCHOOL
The school building opened in 2017 is now full to capacity with 260 children in attendance.
Another block is already being built next door, brick-by-brick with small amounts of funding from Australia, South Africa, USA, UK and Germany.
The Zimbabwean government has also supported them with a $2,000 donation for cement.
LCV VEGETABLE GARDEN
Completed in April 2018 by friend of AFADU, Mark Edmonds from Melbourne and helped by the community, the irrigated garden has been a godsend.
The children now have a balanced diet and enough vegetables for the first time and income from the 1.5 Hectare plot is slowly rising as challenges are met.
Zimbabwe is presently suffering drought conditions and diesel fuel for the pump at the river is a huge added expense.
AFADU has prioritised a solar pumping system from the river as their next project and desperately need donations to make this happen.
This garden has huge potential to not only feed the children, the extended community and eventually become a profitable market garden as lessons are learned and community ownership is taken.
The watermelon harvest is just about to commence.
SEWING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Still going exceptionally well.
Leanne Abbott from Bowral will be re visiting in 2018 to take over 2 solar sewing machines, set them up with solar panels and train the sewing teachers to use them.
CHIKOMBEDZI HOSPITAL DOCTORS
Sadly, our long serving Medical Officer in charge, Dr White has left for a bright, ongoing future in a large town.
AFADU thanks him for his fine service.
He has been replaced by two new hospital doctors and they will join Dr Leah Schimper, married to Ezelle’s son Ludwig at the 160 bed hospital which supports 60,000 people.
AFADU is grateful for long term supporters, Harmers Work Place Lawyers in Sydney, for sponsoring top-up salaries for two of those doctors, making it a more tenable arrangement for doctors working in this remote community only serviced by poor quality dirt roads.
World renown artist Elliott “Numskull” Routledge has joined forces with Creative Good to raise money for Aid for Africa Down Under (AFADU) through the sale of specially designed t-shirts and bags. Read More
Hence the need for a reliable vehicle and in December 2013 our AFADU Pajero 4X4 was purchased to ensure Board member, Wendy “had wheels” while she was staying at Edenvale Ranch and working at the Lirhanzo Children’s Village, a 25 min drive away, towards Chikombedzi. Read More
Our small Whitsunday Community is home to many amazing people; among them are four women who are passionate about compassion.
These women have banded together to raise the profiles of the not-for-profit organisations they support.
Event: A Passion For Compassion
Location: Ethos Fair Trade Gifts and Handicrafts
18/121 Business Centre, Cannonvale QUEENSLAND 4802
Date: Tuesday 1st December 2015
Host: Jude Mitchelson
Phone: 07 4946 7704
We have again seen AFADU continue to expand it’s support of Lirhanzo Children’s Village (LCV) and the Chikombedzi community in south eastern Zimbabwe. Our micro-finance projects continue and work well for the children as they leave LCV and start their life in the community.
We continue to work with local partners in Zimbabwe and Australia to provide the support that is needed within the LCV and Chikombedzi community sponsoring over 50 children plus other projects that are submitted and approved by the Board.
I have been involved with AFADU since its inception, over 12 years ago, and have seen the organization grow from a container of donated goods packed at our house to send to LCV to an organization now where we support 50 children at LCV, raise up to $100,000 per year and support various projects within the community.
A SELL-OUT crowd attended the first Zonta African Night at the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE on Saturday night.