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ZimKids: Making a Difference on the
Ground in Zimbabwe

Since 2006 ZimArt has raised funds for worthwhile grassroots projects supporting vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. ZimKids Community Support evolved out of a decision to formalize and provide more structure to earlier initiatives supported by ZimArt-in-Trust, the former fundraising arm of ZimArt. Since 2014 all funds raised are directed to ZimKids Community Support, a registered Canadian not-for-profit, with the following objectives:

  • To enable vulnerable children of Zimbabwe, their caregivers and the communities in which they live to meet their basic needs, increase their ability to produce sustainable food sources and improve their education and living environments.
  • To build relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries.

ZimKids provides agricultural inputs for a year-long lunch program at Nyachuru Secondary School and pays school fees for two students who are orphaned. Batiks from a women's co-operative, Shingirirai Trust in Mabvuku, are sold at ZimArt exhibitions, generating income for the women and funds for the Trust's pre-school program. ZimKids also pays university fees for an orphaned student whose education has been supported by Canadian donors since 2008.

The most ambitious project ZimKids is involved with is the building of Maori Primary School in Mashonaland Central. To date two classroom blocks (with two classrooms each) have been built and furnished. Teacher accommodation, student and staff toilets and hand-washing system and a drilled well have also been completed. In 2016 a generous donor paid for the conversion of storage areas into a library and resource centre and text books were purchased. The school was registered by the Zimbabwean Ministry of Education in November 2016. An additional classroom block is required to accommodate all the children and this is ZimKids' goal for 2017 – 2018. This much-needed school facility will serve 350 children and their families for generations to come. It is already a hub for the entire community.

ZimArt donates sculptures to other fundraising initiatives, particularly for organizations working in Africa. These have included Suitcases for Africa; Change for Change; the Stephen Lewis Foundation various chapters of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign; AMREF;  60 Million Girls; Give a Day; Mission Zimbabwe; Canada Africa Partnership AIDS; Health Partners International Canada and the Canadian Southern African Network.

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New tools for St. Marcellin Children's Village.

 

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Meet the children who will benefit from the construction of Maori Primary School.

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270 vulnerable chi ldren in pre-school programs run by Shingirirai Trust received donated goods shipped from Canada.

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The first two finished classroom block at the new Maori Primary School. June 2015