Herz HD Stiftung

October 2019

Dear friends of the Herz HD Foundation,

With this annual letter we thank you for your support an interest in our work this past year. 2019 was significant for the foundation. You, once again, made it possible for us to support the children in Zimbabwe with your donations. Today, the foundation looks back on 20 eventful years. It has been twenty years since it was founded, and with your help, donations totaling over 1 million Euros have been collected and donated directly to the children in Zimbabwe! Over the past twenty years, friendships have grown in one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. Through the Herz HD foundation, a reliable partnership has developed over a long time and a great distance.

What is the current situation in the country?

After the first free elections, since the end of the Mugabe era in August 2018, the political situation has not stabilized. The new ruler Emmerson Mnangagwa, a political foster son of Mugabe, is not recognized by his challenger, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa. The political division has visible and noticeable effects on the economic situation in the country. Electricity shortages, water shortages and inflation despite currency reform complicate and burden people’s daily lives. There is currently little cash available and electricity is often only available for a few hours at night. A third of the population suffers from starvation. Since the end of the dictatorship and after the change of system, the hope of political and economic improvement has not been fulfilled. Drought, poor harvests and climate change make our foundation’s assistance more expedient than ever!

What has the foundation achieved in recent years?

Our engagement was and remains enormous. Firstly, school fees were paid for a steadily growing number of children. Once the children's aid organization UNICEF, took over the school fees, we were able to implement our friend’s Dr. Greg Powell’s idea of feeding all preschool children in rural areas. Your donation currently feeds about 12,000 school children which also provides a huge incentive to attend school.

We trust that relations with Zimbabwe will remain stable and that we can continue our support in the coming years. Despite all political adversity, our local partner, Kapnek Trust, an NGO in Harare with its headquarters in the USA, ensures that our aid program runs smoothly. Despite rising prices due to inflation, diesel gasoline bought in U.S. dollars is still affordable enough to enable corn and soy flour to be delivered to around 200 schools in the country.

In addition to being supplied with meals, the children also receive medical treatment three times a year. They are examined for possible worm infestations and receive a check up for growth and overall development. Your donation of ten to fifteen Euros per year allow a child to receive at least one meal per day and ensure their healthy development.

Collaboration with two Heidelberg primary schools

At the Froebel School in Wieblingen and at the Eichendorff School in Rohrbach there is a tireless passion of collecting funds for Zimbabwe. During the summer festivals and other fundraisers we were amazed to see how serious and engaged the children were about doing something to benefit their partner schools in Gavhunga and Barclay Chase. This past year, donations fulfilled a long-cherished wish - school books could be purchased! Many thanks to all teachers, parents and students for this wonderful ongoing commitment to the children in Zimbabwe.

Communication in the future

We have arrived on social networks! You can now find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Herz-HD-Stiftung. Visit us there to catch up on the latest news, communicate with us, and help us to spread the word! On the occasion of our 20th anniversary, we created a flyer, we are enclosing 3 copies for you to pass on to family and friends. Additional flyers are always available upon request! Also, in order to help conserve paper and save the planet, we are considering moving to a digital copy of the newsletter in the future. Please share your email address with us so we can make this possible. Please send your consent and email to herz@herzhdstiftung.de. Of course, we will continue to send our annual letter in the usual way.

Inside the foundation

Jutta and Jochen Steyer helped to write this letter. This musician couple has been working for the foundation for the past year, Jochen Steyer has joined our management team and they both help us maintain contact with local schools and parishes to further increase the level of awareness of the foundation in Heidelberg. A benefit concert for the foundation with the SAP Sinfonietta took place in October 2019.

October 2018

Some housekeeping

On October 1st Jochen Steyer joined the founders, Doris and Hans Herz, as co-director. The plan is for him to assist with business operations in the short term, as he prepares to take over as director of the foundation in the future. His wife, Jutta Steyer, is excited to join him in his work for the foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Steyer have resided in Heidelberg for the past 20 years and together have two grown sons. Mrs. Steyer is originally from Freiburg, Mr. Steyer comes from Heidelberg. They are both musicians. Mrs. Steyer is a pianist. Mr. Steyer studied violin in Mannheim and has led the „Kammerphilharmonie Mannheim“ since 1998 with approximately twenty-five productions per year. His talent and experience managing many different types of people, will benefit him with his work for the foundation.

November 2018

Renovations of Teachers Apartements

In rural areas the faculty resides on school property due to the decentralized location of the school. Often the quality of accommodations, decide the quality of the teachers. During our last visit of the Gavhunga School, where the Eichendorff Schule in Heidelberg contributed the renovation of the preschool, we were shown the poor condition of faculty housing. We spontaneously decided to help. In the following photos you can see the results.

Successful continuation of School Meals and Health Checks

The number of students varied. During the first term from January to April 18,636 children in 202 schools received meals at school. In order to achieve this we needed 46.4 tons of corn/soya flour (CSB). In the second term, another private sponsor assisted in this district, so that our number fell to 12,437 children. In the last trimester, between September to December, we expect an increase of children again.

Regarding the health checks, the tests that were carried out during the second term, showed a clean bill of health for 85% of the children. The following graph shows the main weaknesses. In addition to checking for health issues, children are also examined for height, weight, body type, signs of malnutrition, mental condition, wounds, rashes etc.

Renovations of a Classroom due to the Generous Donations of the Eichendorff Grundschule

The photo on the left depicts the necessity of the renovation (or rather the completion) of the classroom. Sometimes through the initiative of parents, schools are able to build a shell. Remarkably, even the bricks are homemade. The subtleties of the building, however, are often missing such as the flooring, windows, doors, furniture, blackboards etc.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the children, parents and faculty of the Eichendorff Grundschule for their help in realizing this project.

Construction of another Playground with Donations from the Fröbel Grundschule

Again we would like to express a heartfelt “thank you” to all the helping hands that brought together donations to make this playground a reality. We have previously written about the importance, special meaning and purpose of playgrounds located at schools in Zimbabwe. The happy children’s faces on the photos express more than we could with words.

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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