In the fall of 2014, ZimKids’ founders Dennis Gaboury and Tinashe Basa made their first visit to Hayground. Based in Pumula North, Bulawayo Zimbabwe, Zimkids provides 300+ orphans with educational opportunities, skills training, medical care, food, medical care, and recreational activities. Self-sustenance is the goal and standard at ZimKids. Their day-to-day operations are largely self-funded, and based on the work of the children themselves. ZimKids make dolls and wire toys – as they do for their own pleasure – which founder Dennis Gaboury brings to the U.S. each year to sell. Individual donors and grants pay for special projects that include schoolbooks, outreach activities, medical aid, and building. Zimkids also generates income from their welding and construction vocational training program. Their preschool is entirely self-sufficient. At ZimKids, all but two of the employees are former beneficiaries trained by the group in fields that help ZimKids, and who now have the skills to move out on their own as opportunities arise.
On that day last year, students heard the story of ZimKids from Dennis and Tinashe Basa, and then connected with a group of ZimKids in Zimbabwe via Skype. Hayground kids learned how the sale of each doll created by a ZimKid provides a month of food, school, and medical supplies for its maker. Everyone was amazed by the amount of resourcefulness and creativity, as well as the artistic beauty and power, of each and every doll.
Dennis and Tinashe will return to Hayground on Friday, November 20 @9am. They will have dolls for sale ($30 each) as well as several sculptures made by Arnold Dube, an original ZimKid who is now a successful artist. Arnold donated these pieces to benefit ZimKids.
Hope you will please mark your calendars and join us in welcoming Dennis and Tinashe back for this special event. For more information or to learn more about ZimKids, please check out the ZimKids display outside of Cheryl's office, or go to http://zimkids.com/
*ZimKids is an apolitical, non-religious charitable trust under Zimbabwean law that receives U.S. tax deductible donations through Zimkids Orphan Foundation, a 501(c)(3) under American law.