Midlands Children Hope Centre is a multi-faceted project aiming to empower the street children of Gweru. In order to help make this project self-sustainable, ALERT, together with our partners Champions for Children, Midlands Children’s Hope Project (Norway), Antelope Park and African Impact, initiated a project aiming to provide a stable source of food and income for the children and staff of the Orphanage and the Drop In Centre by growing a variety of food in specially created garden.
Our volunteers have been working hard in the garden recently. With the rains seemingly gone for now, the ground has become significantly harder, making the job slightly more challenging. However, this never stops the initiative that they show working in the hot African sun as they keep the ultimate goal of helping the orphanage towards self-sustainability clearly in mind. “On Wednesday we went to help in the garden at the Boys’ orphanage. We did some digging, applying fertilizer to the ground with corn, and remove weeds. The garden looks nice and we could really see the results of our work” Said Lina B. Salte, a volunteer on our Teaching and Lions Combo Project.
The caretaker of the premises together with the volunteers are actively working towards ensuring that the garden produces the best possible crop in order to cater for the needs at the Boys Orphanage and the Drop In Centre.
This project requires continual effort and teaches all who are involved a valuable lesson – that with nature, as with everything else, there are no short-cuts. You will always reap what you sow.
Here is what Fie Hefler, a volunteer on the Lion Project had to say about this experience:
“We went to the garden to weed, afterwards we fertilized some of the corn. It was hard work, but very beneficial. We are happy to be part of something that will help the Centre in the long term”.
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