The Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education have initiated the second annual National Deworming and Bilharzia (a disease caused by parasitic worms) Program, which provides treatment for all children under the age of 15 across local schools.
During this initiative, which was coordinated by local clinics, Antelope Park volunteers played a vital role in assisting nursing staff from Mkoba Polyclinic and Mkoba 1 Clinic. Together they visited schools to ensure that all children had eaten a protein-based snack before distributing mediation and registering each child's details.
In all, the teams visited 16 pre-schools and six schools in just five days to administer medication to 6,540 children. This was a mammoth task and a great success.
Meanwhile, it's all go at the site of the new Midlands Children's Hope Centre orphanage.
Staff have been busy ploughing beds and planting lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers and chomolia; a leafy green vegetable widely farmed in Zimbabwe. The first batch of chickens has now been sold to the community and to local businesses, allowing the purchase of another 600 chicks. Fencing has been completed around the perimeter of the land to fully secure the site and barb wire is currently being put in place for additional security.
This is all very exciting progress and allows Antelope Park and ALERT to focus on raising the necessary funds to enable building work to commence on the new orphanage. The building will house 24 boys, plus two members of staff and will require approximately £62,250 / $100,000 in funding to build and furnish. If you are able to support this work in any way, please contact ALERT Development Coordinator Helen Rennie at: firstname.lastname@example.org