Volunteers bring fun to Midlands Children’s Home (Rosedale)
February 12 2013

Volunteers bring fun to Midlands Children’s Home (Rosedale)

Established the 1960’s, Midlands Children’s Home in Gweru cares for approximately 70 children, from babies to late teens.  It has an impressive self-sustaining vegetable garden and poultry project which are used to feed the children and are also marketed to the local community. 

Volunteers visit the Home each Saturday to provide the children with care, attention and fun leisure activities; a welcome distraction from chores and schoolwork.  Volunteers play football, teach games like Tug-o-War, share colouring books and play with the children on the swings. Sometimes what the children and volunteers like best is to just sit and chat to get to know each other.  The joy these visits bring to the children is clear to see on their smiling faces.

Expansion needed for Mudavanhu School for the Disabled

Mudavanhu School for the Disabled, established in 1982, is the only school for the disabled in the Midlands Province.  The School provides specialised care and education to 47 children living with a disability - both physical and intellectual – aged from 7 years of age to early 20’s.

Eight levels of classes are offered, from toilet training, self-help skills, greetings, counting and identifying objects, reading and writing, home practical skills such as food and nutrition, laundry, sewing, shopping activities, and woodwork and metal workshops.

Many of the children are from rural areas and board at the School.  The girl’s dormitory houses 12 and the boy’s 14.  Because of current overcrowding and an increased demand from families in remote areas, the School now urgently needs to expand its boarding houses, along with the purchase of additional bunk beds and mattresses.

Last year, the management of Mudavanhu School approached Antelope Park to seek support, both financially for the needs of the school and practically with volunteers to assist teachers in the classes.

When Antelope Park volunteers began attending the School at the beginning of the year, they were introduced to teaching staff and given a tour of the premises.  To ensure that they understood how best to support the children, the School Deputy explained the objectives of each of the classes.  During recess, volunteers played with the children on the swings and then cheered on, as they demonstrated their considerable bocce (a form of boules) skills.

On their next visit, volunteers were each assigned a specific class to assist the teacher with; helping the children learn how to brush their teeth, teaching them colouring in skills and counting.  They continue to attend the School on a regular basis; visits that are eagerly anticipated by the children.

Red Cross – Gweru Branch welcomes medical volunteers

For the past two weeks, medical volunteers have had the opportunity to attend the Red Cross – Gweru Youth Training Centre which facilitates training courses in First Aid and Nurse Aid skills.  They were interested to learn how trainee Nurse’s Aides are taught and were even invited to participate in the practical First Aid course.

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