ALERT Antelope Park
Nestled in the heart of the Zimbabwean Highveld is Antelope Park, residing eight kilometres south-west of Gweru- the third-largest city in Zimbabwe. This stunning example of open Zimbabwean bushveld was the winner of the World Travel Award for Zimbabwe’s number one private game reserve in 2018, 2017 and 2016. It is also the home of ALERT and many of our various projects, which include the lion rehabilitation and release programme and numerous community projects.
Antelope Park is the birthplace of ALERT and is home to the ALERT rehabilitation and release into the wild project and the Nagmo pride, this pride is contains X lions. X of which have passed through the first stage of the project and are now currently in the second phase, the remaining lions are lions that were born into the second phase of the programme and have no human contact whatsoever.
Community & Cultural Exchange Projects
Mickey Mouse Preschool
Mickey Mouse Preschool provides childhood development for approximately 270 children. The ages range from 3 to 6 years old. They prepare the children for their first year at school.
Volunteers help teachers and staff with extra hands for classroom activities, as well as break time activities. They also assist with cooking and washing up, for the children who are provided with a nutritious meal.
Mkoba 4 Primary School
The Government-run Mkoba 4 Primary School provides education for approximately 2200 students with an average class size of 55 students to one teacher, and around 300 students in each age grade. Due to the high number of students, there is a critical shortage of classrooms and resources such as textbooks and teaching aids.
The Government-run Mkoba 4 Primary School gives training to roughly 2200 children with a normal class size of 55 children to one teacher, and there are around 300 children in each age grade.
To deal with a large number of students, the school authorities introduced “hot seating” where each student attends a morning or afternoon class, which has negative impacts on student/teacher interaction. The school is in desperate need for additional classrooms and resources.
With help from volunteers, ALERT provides both manpower and material support to this school. Volunteers provide assistance to the teaching staff by giving pupils in the special needs class more individual attention during lessons, assisting with students’ work and producing teaching aids. Material support is given through maintenance and facility upgrades and the provision of teaching resources such as computers, reading and writing materials, as well as sports equipment.
Community Healthcare Projects
Mkoba Polyclinic & Mtapa Polyclinic
The ALERT healthcare programmes collaborate with 2 Gweru city-run clinics which are understaffed and poorly resourced. Antelope Park volunteers are an invaluable source of both manpower and material support to the clinics. The volunteers provide assistance to the qualified clinic staff in many of the simple tasks and observations, allowing the clinic staff to focus on frontline healthcare matters.
Services provided at each of the clinics include HIV/TB clinic, immunization clinic, family planning, home visits, maternity care – pre-& post-natal.
Mkoba Polyclinic: provides healthcare services for an area of approximately > 50,000 expected births per year: 19000 (average 160 per month).
Mtapa polyclinic: provides healthcare services for an area of approximately 26.700 > expected births per year: 1070 (average 90 per month)