The 'Little Angels' Project
All donations from the MSC 2017 Cycle Challenge went towards the building of a school extension at the ‘Little Angels’ project in Zimbabwe and covering its operating costs.
Little Angels School
The existing school, Little Angels, can no longer accommodate the numbers of children from the local community who rely on Mustard Seed for their grade zero education. There are 80 children currently enrolled. A new facility is needed to accommodate another 80 children which will include three classrooms and toilet facilities.
The cost of building and furnishing the school extension is US$80,000. Current operating costs are $21,600 per annum. With the expansion, the costs will double to $43,200 a year. We are seeking to fund the construction of the school extension provide for operating costs for five years so as so ensure sustainability.
The total being sought in contributions is therefore as follows:
Construction costs: US$ 80,000
Operating costs (5 years): US$216,000
Contingency: US$ 8,640 (4%)
Total Cost: US$304,640.
Equivalent in Euro at current exchange rates: €273,649 (round to €300K)
Mustard Seed Communities Zimbabwe
What began as a single nutrition program has evolved into three children’s homes, four daily nutrition programs feeding over 600 children a day, three pre-schools, Potter’s House – a training center, substantial farming programs, and a chapel which serves the local community. The three children’s homes include Generosity and Freedom, for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, and Joel’s Place, for children with disabilities. There are just over 50 children living in these three homes at present.
Initially, MSC Zimbabwe was known as “The Narrow Gate Youth,” a group of youth specifically formed to coordinate a feeding program for the children in Sauerstown, an area of Bulawayo. The youth were encouraged to take a leading role in the development and execution of this program as well as becoming involved in various outreach activities in Bulawayo. Gradually the numbers of both the youth and the children increased and this formed the foundation of MSC Zimbabwe.
The population of young people who became involved in “The Narrow Gate Youth” activities are an inspiration to MSC. They are being trained and empowered as key facilitators of the MSC mission in Zimbabwe. Many of these individuals are now in leadership and administrative roles within MSC Zimbabwe. Several of the original youth have taken annual promises to serve as Mustard Seed Communities Missionaries. At present, seven brothers live and work at the main location in Woodville. MSC Zimbabwe has established itself slowly and quietly, complimenting the work of NGOs, churches and small communities, and presently operates from its headquarters in Woodville, on the outskirts of Bulawayo.