We are really pleased to announce that the ‘Jessica’s House’ project in Muzondo, Zimbabwe is under way. The land for the project had been generously donated to the Muzondo community from a local who has since deceased, the community headed by the chief of the village have now given the land to us to build the centre for the bennefit of the entire community.
Muzondo is a rural area in Manicaland Province, Eastern Zimbabwe, approximately 71 km (44 miles) south west of Mutare, the Country’s 3rd largest city.
Muzondo has a population of approximately 4,500, most of whom are small-scale farmers. The population is impoverished and under-nourished, relying on poor quality land, and a variable maize crop, for its livelihood. The area has a history of local conflict, stemming from its proximity to the Marange Diamond Fields – this has resulted in a large number of child-headed families (children orphaned as a result of forced relocation and other localised abuses).The area is isolated, with very poor local infrastructure – this makes it difficult and dangerous for children (particularly young children) to walk to school (the nearest local school to Muzondo is 5km – local children, including one child known to the Trust, have fallen victim to rape and other forms of abuse on their journey to school). The nearest water supply is 2 miles from Muzondo.
This is a joint project with our partner charity ‘Jubilee Campaign.’ The centre which we will build on the land will provide education for 25 children aged 0-5. They will receive a nutritious meal each day and have a clean water supply. They will also receive health checks. It is our intention that the centre will serve the larger community with others being able to visit and receive health checks. Priority places will be given to the poorest families, those in greatest need and those who come from child headed families. By drilling a bore hole on the site, we will be able to provide a fresh water supply, this will be a huge benefit to the entire community.
The ‘breaking of the ground’ ceremony was performed last month and was attended by more than 50 locals. The foundations are being dug this month.
We will keep you up to date as this project develops.