ANTELOPE PARK HIV/AIDS ORPHAN CARE AND TEACHING ASSISTANCE, ZIMBABWE
These children are still so full of warmth and joy

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During the past few difficult years in Zimbabwe, the most vulnerable members of our society have suffered from the breakdown of educational and medical infrastructures. Our aim is to make an impact on the lives of these children, from babies to teenagers, some who have no families to support them.  Despite the difficulties they have faced, these children are still so full of warmth and joy and are sure to be an inspiration to anyone who works alongside them. We invite you to join us as we strive to be a part of restoring this amazing country.

Volunteers on this project stay on a beautiful private game reserve, and in your free time you can enjoy spending time with our orphaned elephants or walking lions that are part of our lion release programme!

Volunteers will assist with loving and caring for as well as mentoring AIDS orphans and physically disabled children, from the very young to high school age. Despite their disabilities and the difficulties they have faced, these children are still so full of warmth and joy and are sure to be an inspiration to anyone who works alongside them. 

The need is so great; there are many different activities volunteers can get involved in, depending on their expertise and passion. Activities include Teaching assistance, study programmes, workshop hosting, sports coaching, repairs and maintenance at the homes, painting, gardening, youth camps and life skills training are just a few areas in which you will have to opportunity to impact on these young people’s lives.

Your help in caring for babies and younger children will involve changing and feeding as well as assisting with planned activities and games at the homes.  Maintenance of the orphanages is a major problem, and despite the lack of funding, there is also a need for manpower to assist with things such as painting and general repairs, as well as the maintenance of vegetable gardens, depending on what the current need is.

Teaching is leading a child to responsible adulthood through imparting academic and life-skills.  The children that you will come into contact with on this project are keen to be taught and molded.  Through the academic support you will give them and their teachers, you have a chance to address the issues of oversubscribed classes and poor teacher-student ratios. With approximately 2184 students at Mkoba 4 Primary School, the average class size is 55 students with one teacher, with around 312 students per grade. Classes are hot seated as there are not enough classrooms and resources.  Text books and teaching aids are also grossly inadequate.  Here you have the chance to make teaching aids that can assist the teaching and learning process.

Although Somabula Primary School, with a total of about 280 children, is much smaller than Mkoba 4 they also need volunteers to assist. With student – teacher ratios being about 40:1, you can offer valuable support to the students who lack sufficient individual attention. The teachers also find themselves overwhelmed at times and welcome fresh ideas and enthusiasm. This school also has a significant number of boarders. These children are desperate for extra ‘homely’ attention assisting with their studies and social skills, but also caring for and making them feel special and important. Your presence on this project can make a meaningful difference to the lives of the children you come into contact with.

You will also have the opportunity to assist the teachers in two Pre-Schools. Mickey Mouse and Hopeful Life Orphan Care Centre have 160 and 60 children respectively. They both aid in the development of younger children before they enter Primary School and you will be able to play a vital role in that.

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