Community news from Antelope Park
July 16 2013

The third group of students from Mkoba 4 Primary School have begun classes at the ALERT Education Centre (AEC) to learn about conservation, habitats and wildlife.  To get the course off to a good start the Centre’s newest ‘conservation stars’ enjoyed a visit from Antelope Park Guide, Kailos.   Kailos told the children why he decided to become a guide, what his work entails and how being a guide contributes to conservation.  The children listened attentively and were enthusiastic when it came to asking Kailos lots of questions about his job.

Prior to their arrival at Antelope Park, Community Orphan and Teaching Project volunteers, Sebastian, Ingrid, Marianne and Katrin from Norway, were given 24 footballs by a local sports company to share with the projects. 

Ten footballs were handed over to the Principle and Deputy Principle of Mkoba 4 Primary School for the children during an assembly.  The volunteers found attending the presentation a moving experience, saying: ‘The response has been amazing and it was an especially great experience to deliver ten footballs in front of 2,200 pupils at Mkoba 4 Primary School.  The applause and the gratitude were incredible and hopefully the footballs will be used well’.

The four volunteers also donated footballs to Midlands Children's Hope Centre and the Drop-in Centre, Midlands Children's Home, Mudhavanhu School for the Disabled and the ALERT Education Centre.

Many thanks go to Sebastian, Ingrid, Marianne and Katrin for their generosity in supporting Antelope Park’s local communities.

Street children who visit the Drop-in Centre were recently offered the opportunity to be HIV tested.  As you can imagine, this can be a frightening experience for them but, with the support of Antelope Park community volunteers, 12 street children were tested.  The results were encouraging, as all tests were negative.  In recognition of their bravery, the children who were tested were presented with a food package and a warm jumper.  With winter setting in across Gweru, this was much appreciated.  

Whilst at the clinic, the children were offered education on the prevention of STI's and HIV.  This has motivated more of them to be tested, so the Drop-in Centre will continue to provide awareness and education to all the children on a regular basis.

You can find details of our Orphan Care and Teaching Project in Zimbabwe here.


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