Riverhead, NY - November 30, 2015 - Representatives from Zimbabwe’s ZimKids Orphan Trust visit Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Montaukett Learning Resource Center, Room 107 where the group will make a presentation and then sell toys made by Zimbabwe orphans that funds their program and school. Audience members will learn about the ZimKids who made the toys and learn how to share a selfie and communicate with the maker of their toy.
Imagine childhood in a place where two of every ten adults and 180,000 children are HIV positive. Where more than a million children are growing up without parents because AIDS has wiped out most of their generation. Hospitals operate with few doctors, urban neighborhoods suffer weeks without water or electricity, and unemployment tops 90 percent.
Now imagine those children finding a new home where their well-being is paramount, their creativity sparked and their futures enhanced with a wide range of skills. That’s what ZimKids Orphan Trust has provided for more than 1,000 children on the toughest streets in Zimbabwe.
ZimKids provides 300+ orphans in Pumula North, Bulawayo, and outlying areas with educational opportunities, skills training, medical care, food, medical care, and recreational activities. Day-to-day operations are largely self-funded, based on the work of the children themselves. They make dolls and wire toys that are taken to the U.S. Individual donors and grants pay for special projects that include schoolbooks, outreach activities, medical aid, and building. ZimKids also generates income from its welding and construction vocational training program.