Two generous interns from Antelope Park have made life easier for staff at the Drop-in Centre in Gweru, which provides a daily hot meal for the city’s street children and destitute adults.
Mina Solbakken and Kaja Field kindly donated two small marquees, tables and chairs to the Centre, along with new saucepans, utensils, plates and cups. Both staff and children are extremely pleased with their new supplies. Previously those who attended the Drop-in Centre for a meal had to sit on the ground, without shelter from bad weather. Now they are able to eat in much more comfort. Community volunteers will also be able to use the new facilities for leisure activities with the street children during their regular visits.
One of the aims of the Drop-in Centre is to reunite street children with their families or extended families. In order to do this, the Centre has to fund the costs of a food package, clothes and a blanket, along with the expense of transport for the child and a staff member to accompany them on the journey home.
Recent volunteer, Sally Fry from Australia was so touched by the work of the Centre that she decided to help make three young boys’ dreams come true. Sally paid for all of the costs associated with reuniting each of the boys with his family members. The boys, their families and Drop-in Centre staff are grateful for this generosity which has helped transform their lives.
To raise much needed funds to continue the work of the Drop-in Centre, ALERT has launched the first Miss a Meal in May fundraising campaign. To add your support, simply miss a meal this month and donate what you would have spent on it to the Drop-in Centre instead. You will be helping to make a real difference to this community in need. Thank you for your support.
Further details and a sponsorship form to share with friends and family can be downloaded here.