The amazing adventures…and return of Gogo!
Wendy Mahy, our intrepid explorer and AFADU Board Member has just returned from her second field trip to AFADU supported programs in Zimbabwe.
Field trips are an important part of our governance so that we know what’s going on in country. Four affiliated AFADU members have travelled to LCV and Chikombedzi in the last year.
“Someone’s coming, someone’s coming” their shiny faces transmit, turned in my direction as the vehicle eases carefully through the gate into the Orphanage gardens. They cease playing and watch in anticipation – who is this pink skinned visitor with white hair – “Oh she looks old – it must be a Gogo” (Gogo is Shona for ‘grandmother’)
It was such a great pleasure, however, plagued with moments of deep sadness, spending four months in the remote south east corner of Zimbabwe as a guest at Edenvale Ranch, the remnants of a once thriving cattle property.
The homestead is still occupied by Ezelle Schimper the Founder and Manager of LCV which is established in a fertile area once a part of the 40,000 acre property.
The Schimpers lost their land to the war veteran movement, but kept the homestead. The orphanage is located just outside of the ranch and occupies four cottages.
Having spent many happy hours and days at the orphanage during my time in Zimbabwe it is wonderful to see allocated donations and the childrens’ sponsorship monies ‘in action’!
The four Guardian Mothers, Mercy, Mutimuni, Patricia, and Agness, who live in-house on a full time basis do a marvelous job with the children. They are of the opportunity to care for the children whose ages range from babies to teenagers.
It is important that we continue to attract new sponsors for the ever increasing arrival of new children, and we continue to inspire our generous and big-hearted current sponsors without whom LCV would fall apart.
Proudly we can report an increasing number of success stories as some of the children, now young men, have diligently completed their secondary schooling, embarking on tertiary studies to gain qualifications in the likes of Veterinary Science and Accountancy.
It is pleasing to note that there are a raft of young women at LCV who aspire to empowerment in the same direction.”
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