Volunteer Work in Zimbabwe (Africa)
Since 2015 I have been spending my summer in Zimbabwe to do volunteer work in the Gweru area as a guest of the Diocese. Bishop Xavier Munyongani hosts me and I spend most of my time working on specific projects, besides teaching Economics to the high school students at the Loreto Mission. In Silobela and at the Loreto Schools I helped the local Dominican Sisters with the management of the orphanage, the construction of the new shelter where the children of the poor local families will be fed and with the feeding of the handicapped in the Jairos Jiri center.
Thanks to generous donations from friends, relatives and former students, we have been able to finance 25 scholarships in favor of children studying at Chinyuni primary school, Lalapanzi secondary school, Chaka primary school and at St. Joseph's Hama primary school. The money donated was used to finance self-generating projects which are meant to provide regular revenue with which to pay the students' tuition till the end of their study cycle.
At the Hozheri Clinic we financed a fridge which now allows the staff to store vaccines with which to vaccinate the local population, when the need arises. In 2016 we also installed a borehole to bring clean water to the clinic. Another borehole was installed the same year at the Chinyuni Primary School: fully operated with solar panels of Danish make; the fresh water is also tapped by the local community and has made possible the cultivation of crops with which the children are fed at lunchtime.
In Summer 2017 we built an A-level building for the students at Lalapanzi who had no way of attending high school because of the great distance between them and the closest institute. If you are interested in helping out, please, contact me and I will be more than glad to discuss with you the ways in which you can contribute to the numerous needs of the local community.