Herz HD Stiftung

December 2017

School Meals over the past 5 years

Since 2012 we have been providing a warm porridge school lunch for many thousands of pre-K – first grade students. The Corn/Soya flour is bought in 25 kg bulk packages and distributed to hundreds of schools in the countryside surrounding Harare.

There mothers volunteer to cook it over open fire pits. The wood and water required to prepare the meal is often transported over great distances. The fact that mothers as well as sometimes fathers volunteer their services allows us to keep costs low. It allowed us to feed 20,282 children in 202 schools in 2017.

It was, however, a bit of a logistical challenge to move over 32 tons of flour (1280 packages) to the over 200 schools. Due to lacking power and water supply in rural areas, starvation there is higher than for city populations in Zimbabwe. The only source of income there is farming.

As we last reported, the project of feeding the children almost exhausted our financial capabilities. Yet we received another call for help from Harare when a private sponsor stopped their funding of supplying porridge to another district, feeding 7,000 children. We were, however, able to commit our help, since we received an unexpected large donation.

Moms cook porridge
Children receiving porridge
Lunch time happiness
The porridge also tastes good in the classroom

Medical Check-ups

Kapnek, our local partner organization, organizes free check ups for preschoolers three times a year. The registered nurses are “borrowed” from hospitals close to the schools for the day. A driver picks them up and brings them to and from the schools as well as aiding the nurses on site. The nurses receive a $10/day honorarium for their services. A preschooler receives a thorough examination from one of the nurses Body measurements are taken

A preschooler receives a thorough examination from one of the nurses
Body measurements are taken

Fröbelschule HD-Wieblingen finances another playground

The photo portrays how necessary the new playground was. During the school’s yearly festival, the school organized a race, children’s activities and bazaar of homemade jams, soaps, cakes etc. to raise the necessary funds for the new playground. The playground was inaugurated in September. Playgrounds are crucial for schools in Zimbabawe. They allow long wait times for the preschoolers to be bridged as they await older siblings to be done with their school day before beginning the many kilometer long journey home. The little ones finish school at 12 p.m. the older students wrap their day up at 3 p.m..

Termites ate away at the jungle gym
New metal playground


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