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15 years ago, one woman started enriching the lives of orphans in a rural community severely impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic by starting a preschool in an open field.  Today, an exciting project is underway to help make a difference for the entire community.


Watch this short video of Bonani Hadebe, National Director – ACOP Zimbabwe, describing the need, vision, progress and plans.


While in Africa earlier this year, my son Nathan and I visited Esiphezini (30 minutes from Bulawayo) Zimbabwe, and filmed the video.


Having observed the need and opportunity to make a difference in Esiphezini, since returning to Canada it has been on our hearts to support this project moving forward.


When the project is completed, the building will include classrooms, a large multi-purpose room, kitchen, pantry, storage room, office and washrooms.  It will be used for a number of purposes, including:


  • Preschool;
  • Orphan care feeding center;
  • Children’s programs;
  • Ladies events;
  • Church and;
  • Community outreach.

I am delighted that the Esiphezini Preschool Project has been selected as one of four special projects under the Sonrise Church 2012 Christmas Missions Challenge. Each year, in addition to the generous monthly giving that the people and friends of Sonrise share with those in need around the world, Sonrise targets special Christmas goals.

The fundraising target for the Esiphezini Preschool Project is $63,000 to complete the main building and to provide an additional toilets building on the site. This will have a fantastic long-term positive impact on the needy people in this community, making a difference in many lives.

A bore hole and water tower has already been installed at the site and construction has progressed some since we were there earlier this year.

About $23,000 has already been donated to this project and the remaining current need is $40,000.

A donor has agreed to match, $1 for $1, all donations to Sonrise Church for the Esiphezini Preschool Project between November 10, 2012 and December 25, 2012, up to $20,000.

If you want to be a part of something exciting and make a huge difference in the lives of orphans and others in Zimbabwe, this is your opportunity to double your impact. Please send your donations to Sonrise Church at the address below and mark your donation “Zimbabwe Projects.”

Sonrise Church

5588 – 188 Street

Surrey, BC  V3S 4N7



You may also donate online by selecting “Donate Now” and then the Fund/Designation of “Zimbabwe Projects.”

Check out Orphan Care Zimbabwe to learn about the ongoing efforts to feed, educate and care for hundreds of orphans each month.

For some touching stories and cool photos, please surf some of my earlier posts:

Have you been to Africa? Would you like to go sometime? What are your thoughts on this project?

5 Comments to Esiphezini Zimbabwe Preschool and Orphan Care Project

  1. Leonel Rivera's Gravatar Leonel Rivera
    Nov 15, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I praise God for his work through you in Zimbabwe. I’ve sponsored 2 children through World Vision, one in Kenya and another in Swaziland. Fuzo from Swaziland lost both her parents to the AIDS epidemic.

    Thanks for looking out for the orphans.

    Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
    -James 1:27

  2. Felix MANDEYA's Gravatar Felix MANDEYA
    Apr 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Hie there! I am a Zimbabwean based in South Africa and got touched by your issue about orphanage in Esiphezini. I would like to know if there are any other projects you think I can initiate there as well to make an impact to the underprivileged ! Pse advise! God bless!

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