The children from the Midlands Children’s Hope Centre (MCHC) in Gweru, Zimbabwe, recently welcomed a very special visitor.
Dr Cephas Msipa, the former Midlands Governor, kindly visited the orphanage to join in a day of recognition to celebrate the Centre’s work for the children in its care. Alan Calder-McNicoll, a past volunteer and keen supporter of the MCHC, initiated this special day, together with assistance from Antelope Park community project staff and volunteers. The event was designed to create awareness within the local community about the current funding needs of the MCHC. Dr Msipa invited press reporters to document the day’s events in the hope that the citizens of Gweru will want to play a role in helping look after the orphans.
The day went exceptionally well; beginning with a play performed by the orphans, showing the reality of life for children on the streets and how much better their lives are now through living at the orphanage. This was followed by more entertainment; from poems to dance routines. The event closed with a presentation to the Guest of Honour, as Dr Msipa was given a drawing done by the boys and a Midlands Children’s Hope Centre t-shirt, which he was delighted to receive. The children were also very appreciative, as they were treated to a meal of pizza, chips, ice-cream and a chocolate. As this kind of food not part of their normal diet, they were very excited and enjoyed the meal tremendously.
Johanna, a volunteer from Sweden, was present at the event and had this to say about the day:
‘We arrived quite early at the orphanage, which had been decorated in purple and white fabrics by the kids. We immediately started to interact with the children – some did colouring, some painted with watercolours, some played cards and some played with a skipping rope. At lunchtime, Alan arrived with pizzas and French fries for all the children and the staff. The whole party was his initiative. He and the former Governor of the Midlands were interviewed. The children acted a play which they themselves had written, called “the life on the street”. It was in Shona (the local language), but the message was clear to all of us. Some danced and some read poems. They presented a gift in form of a beautiful drawing to the former governor. Antelope Park and the volunteers donated clothes, chocolates and some balls to the orphanage. It was a really great day for everybody!’
Dr Msipa addresses the audience...
...before receiving his gifts from one of the MCHC boys
Alan Calder-McNicoll (4th right) in between Dr Msipa and Question N'dou, MCHC Director
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