Over the Easter break, I spent some fantastic time catching up with old friends, reminiscing about what our dreams were when we met at University, and where our lives were now. And I must confess, I am feeling pretty happy about my achievements so far. And what I realised is that you can definitely make your own luck in life. Looking out for others, and good karma helps to make my world a smoother place, and it really helps to keep an open mind and seize all opportunities that come your way.
Working with children who have handicaps
And here’s a wonderful opportunity to work with both children and horses at this great community project, based near the town of Masvingo in south-eastern Zimbabwe. It’s a brand new project for us, and a real chance to help give back and make a real difference. The project is close to Lake Kyle, the third largest lake in the country, and also to the Kyle National Park, where it is possible to view a host of wildlife including the beautiful rhinos.
Community Volunteers at the lovely Masvingo project, will work in two schools.
One of these schools, Copota School, works with children who have handicaps, which may be visual impairment, with hearing difficulties, some who are blind and deaf, and some with autism.
These children need special help to enable them to become self-sufficient and able to look after themselves in later life. They will learn how to keep house and how to cook, as well as having classes in music, arts and crafts, computer skills, gardening and sports. Working with these disadvantaged children is very rewarding work and the help given by the volunteers is very much appreciated.
Beza Primary School
The other local school is Beza Primary School, which is right in the middle of the bush. This is a school that is growing quickly and now has eight teachers and about 100 pupils. Volunteers will help out with daily classes and also with sports, drama and music lessons
The main task for the volunteers here, is to help to improve the children’s English – reading, speaking and understanding of the language. This is very important as the children all sit examinations in grade seven and these examinations are written in English. Unfortunately the failure rate is high. The ability of volunteers to provide one-to-one help to these children is so important – and again really valued by the children and teachers alike.
Helping on the farm
Volunteers also spend some time each week working at the project base itself, helping out in the vegetable garden, in the stables with the horses, with bee-keeping etc. Volunteers will also help with the daily routing of feeding, grooming and training the horses kept in the stables. There will also be opportunities to help with riding for the local school children.
All Skills appreciated
Any volunteers with carpentry skills can help to make furniture, which is then donated to the schools. As funds are always in short supply, any help that volunteers can give with painting or refurbishing the classrooms is always very welcome.
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