Zimbabwe, countless children have lost both of their parents to the ravishes of HIV and AIDS, and many of them do not even have other family members who can take care of them so they are forced to live on the streets fending for themselves. But in the community of Mutare, Margaret Makambria executive director of the Shinga Development Trust, is working with Bread and Water for Africa® to build an orphan’s village, based on the Lewa Children’s Home model in Kenya.
Also like Phyllis Keino’s project in Eldoret, Margaret’s project will also have a farm program to produce enough vegetables, fruit and meat for the children in the village, as well as to have enough left over to sell the surplus at a local market.
Margaret tells of having a dream to establish the children’s village, but had no idea of how to get funding. “Because of faithful sponsorship of Bread and Water for Africa® finally our dream is coming to pass,” she says, and soon, the homes, which are still under construction, will be providing a loving home for orphans with widows serving as house mothers to look after them.