Midlands Children’s Hope Centre (MCHC) was founded in 1996 as a response to the growing number of street children living in Gweru, Zimbabwe. The centre works with orphans and vulnerable children and runs a rehabilitation shelter in Mkoba township, west of Gweru. Currently the shelter has 29 boys, all of whom attend the local school.
The Centre also runs a Drop-In Centre for children living on the streets, with the aim of rehabilitating them into mainstream society and education, and reunifying them with their families. A community kitchen at the Centre caters for the city’s destitute with a free meal for them each weekday. Without it, they would go hungry and many would be forced into criminal activities to survive.
The Drop-in Centre is a crucial part of the overall project for the MCHC, as all the children who now reside at the orphanage were once street children themselves. Through the dedication of staff and volunteers who work at the Centre, they are able to build a relationship of trust and hope with the children who use the service. This often encourages them to stop living on the streets
ALERT with our partner Antelope Park, provide both manpower and material support to the MCHC and Drop-In Centre. We assist by contributing to rental costs, electricity and water bills, donating household furniture and other equipment, funding the school fees of the children, providing toys, assisting in establishing income generating projects, and on a weekly basis provide grocery supplies.
We've already done so much...
2011: A volunteer program was launched to attract individuals from around the world to come to the MCHC for extended periods to support the staff in their duties. Bedding for the children was replaced and electricity bills for the home paid for. Groceries were supplied to feed the children.
2012: The volunteer program was extended to also assist at the Drop-in Centre. Land was provided to the MCHC by Antelope Park to build a new, larger and more secure orphanage facility.
2013: Completion of revenue generating programs for the MCHC through the construction of three chicken houses and the development of a garden to grow food. We also installed a new water tank, erected a security fence, and built foundations for the new orphanage building.
But we need your help for the MCHC to continue this important work. Please give generously.
Thank you on behalf of all the kids and staff at the MCHC.
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