In past years, a very successful project called “Love in a box” has been running, which encouraged schools and individuals to put together a shoebox full of small items.
In 2009 we ran “Backpacks for the Future” and our first delivery saw over 200 beautiful backpacks collected with everything from textbooks to shoes and T-shirts.
The projects provided 50 or so preschool, primary and secondary school age children we support as well as the outer community with essentials.
Items include pens, pencils, an exercise book, maybe a pair of socks or underwear, puzzles or small toy, toothbrush, a little personal gift, rubbers, rulers, pencil sharpener, pencil case, shoes and hankies.
Useful everyday items that we tend to take for granted.
Over the years AFADU has organised and funded fifteen 20ft and 40ft containers to transport donated goods to Zimbabwe.
This was a particular need during the periods of high inflation and limited local supplies. Through our container projects we have sent:
• School supplies – books, pencils and all a kid needs
• Jackets, clothes and bedding – donated by many including Hamilton Island Primary School – for LCV and other school children in the Chikombedzi area
Fergal and Marg Fleming reported on their 2014 field trip to the Lirhanzo Children’s Village that the cooking facility was not safe and children and staff were walking in hot ashes.
They said the current cooking area was “wobbly and in need of replacement”. Local discussions with the Guardian mothers and Margret, the manager, agreed that a new structure, similar to one built at another project they supported in Uganda would be perfect for LCV.
Funding from staff at Royal Darwin Hospital was generously given, a local builder was employed and the new “Cook House” is up and running and the safety issues have been solved.
Perfect for African conditions it is an open structure with concrete flooring, a tin roof and is weatherproof under most conditions.
The Guardian mothers who cook for the children are very grateful.
Ongoing maintenance at the Lirhanzo Children’s Village is mostly done voluntarily by local people.
One of the great supporters at the orphanage, Sam who is currently teaching at the Lirhanzo Mission School and whose teaching degree was sponsored by AFADU, helps out regularly as a way of paying back.
Sam is a very handy carpenter and is gaining more skills as each month passes.
During the 2015 AFADU Field Trip, a “Painting project”, requested by the manager Margret, was funded and completed.
The beautiful results transformed the dark interiors of two of the houses at LCV, brightening the lives of the children who live there and ensuring a positive rating from the Zimbabwean Department of Social Services when they next review.
Faniso and a few of the older children were eager to help and were a great support for the Aussie painting contingent. This project was funded with the support of the Whitsunday Lions Club.
Rough roads hamper the travel to and from LCV to the main road. It is basically a goat track and had become impassable.
This was a major barrier to children getting to school and trucks coming in to build the new school.
Through a kind donation by Bill Harrison and Whitsunday Lions Club $1,000 was provided to LCV to fund the fuel needed to grade a new road. This will allow greater access for essential supplies and LCV staff.
With the help of AFADU Board member Fergal Fleming a successful proposal was written up, on behalf of the Lirhanzo Children’s Village to the Australian Direct Aid Program.
The funding, gratefully received, was to cover the erection of a new building on the LCV site to house a sickbay, wet and dry storage room, office and volunteer accommodation and when complete will solve the major crowding issues.
The building established a sick bay, accommodation and wet and dry storerooms at LCV. This project reduced overcrowding in the three cottages and improve the safety of the accommodation and the health of the children and the guardian mothers.
The structure was completed in mid 2015. The Archer family, major supporters from Australia, provided funds for the outfitting the inside of the building with suitable furniture and fittings.
The building was commissioned in May 2014 and dedicated to Chief Chitanga and Mr Sibanda – both long time Chikombedzi leaders and supporters of LCV.