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Hands Of Hope – Hands of Hope cares for orphans and children at risk in Zimbabwe in partnership with the local church.

Our Approach

We are Hands of Hope
Hands of Hope cares for orphans and children at risk in Zimbabwe. The country that used to be called “the bread basket of Africa” now struggles to feed its own. The country that used to have one of the best infrastructures and economies in Africa is now collapsing. This sad situation has been created by the AIDS pandemic and severe economic problems. The most tragic outcome has been the impact on children. One in 5 children in Zimbabwe is an orphan. Once orphaned, the children find themselves on the street where abuse, malnourishment and worse can soon follow.

Hands of Hope currently supports 21 homes for orphans, 6 preschools and feeds more than 2000 children everyday. Hands of Hope emphasizes local community involvement and community ties for the children. The children go to local schools and the homes have less than 12 children, they are not institutions. We know such work must be led locally. Hands of Hope partners with local neighborhood churches; these local partners lead the homes and feeding projects and most importantly love the children. The local church partners generally provide much of the labor and some or even all of the required operational funds. Hands of Hope supports over 25 feeding programs that provide one or more meals a day for over 2000 local children. These meals are often what stand between children and hunger or abandonment by distant relatives that might not otherwise be able to care for them. Hands of Hope supports the education for each child in a home and provides assistance directly to 6 preschools. A 100 hectare Hands of Hope farm helps provide fresh food for the children.

Our model

Even with all the best intentions, caring for orphans cannot be effectively managed thousands of miles and a culture away. Instead we partner with local neighborhood churches to lead each home and feeding project. We do not ask the local partners to love orphans and run a home. Instead we identify those that are already sacrificing and caring for orphans. We come along side them, we find a home, we teach them how to run it and the best practices in caring for orphans. We know they have a heart for orphans because they were already caring for them. We enable them to do more and since we have been doing this for a long time, we have learned how to do it well and we show them how. We expect the local partners to also invest according to their means, many homes have a substantial portion and some even all, their operational expenses paid for by the local partner. We also provide oversight to make sure local partners lead the home well.

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