Musha Wevana is an orphan care initiative of Help One Now in Marondera, Zimbabwe – currently provides a home and holistic care for over 75 orphaned children.
Musha Wevana strives to provide the resources for children to thrive physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
By mid-2009, we had launched Help One Now, and we have been serving orphans in Zimbabwe, through our amazing local leader, ever since.” Zimbabwe, once an apparent success story in post-colonial Africa, has tragically spiraled down to one of the world’s most fragile states because of its polarized and oppressive political landscape, waning state legitimacy, and failed economy. Dictator Robert Mugabe has been the country’s only ruler since majority rule began in 1980, and per capita GDP is only $600 per year. A staggering 15% of the population are living with HIV/AIDS (not to mention the countless victims already claimed by this epidemic), and almost 10% of the overall population are orphaned children. The people of Zimbabwe, however, are brilliant, beautiful and resilient, and we are honored to partner with them to build a better future!
Area: 150,872 sq mi
Year of Independence: 1980
PEOPLE IN ZIMBABWE
- 83% adult literacy rate
- 48% secondary school participation
- 58 year life expectancy (down 2 years from 1990)
- 14.7% of population living with AIDS
- 80% of population using improved drinking water sources
POVERTY IN ZIMBABWE
Orphan Pop.: 1,200,000 (have lost one or both parents due to all causes)
HIGH RISKS IN ZIMBABWE
- Zimbabwean men, women & children are subjected to forced labor in agriculture & domestic service in rural areas, as well as domestic servitude & sex trafficking in cities & towns.
- 2018 Trafficking In Persons Report, Zimbabwe
In 2016, we launched The Gatehouse Farm Transition Program — an agricultural and vocational training program focused on restoring a full life and equipping children to transition into adulthood. The Gatehouse Farm is a 30+ acre tract of land that sits right on the edge of Marondera. In fact, it is within walking distance of Musha WeVana and the schools that the children attend, and Pastor John’s church already meets on this property. On the farm, we will create a training center that will give generations of children the tools they need to succeed. This program will serve 20–25 young people at a time, but it will benefit all of Musha WeVana and the Gatehouse Community! The skills training opportunities will initially include: Agriculture, Metal Work, Carpentry, Business Management, and Technology. We will eventually add Motor Mechanics and Catering, with a vision to continue adding more opportunities over time. The agricultural training will be taught in the context of a program known as Foundations For Farming (or Farming God’s Way), and will include: Cropping, Livestock Management, Farm Mechanics, Soil Science, Bee Keeping, Poultry, Dairy Management, and even Marketing!
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THE LOCAL LEADER
At Help One Now, our dream for the children we sponsor is that they grow into healthy and thriving adults who are able to sustain themselves and give back to others in their own community. Our local leaders in Zimbabwe have been busy making sure that is exactly what...
I still remember the day. It's 2007, we left the Cape Town airport, flew to Johannesburg, and then drove to meet John and Orpha at the South Africa/Zimbabwe border. We filled the van with gas, food, and other supplies--things which were impossible to come by in...
You can hear it, can't you? It's unmistakable. It permeates the hardest of hearts, the worst of days, and lingers deep within the soul long after it's gone. A child's laugh carries with it a purity and innocence that is untainted by the cares of this world. The...