'Little Angels' Project
All donations to MSC 2017 Cycle Challenge will go towards the building of a school extension at a Mustard Seed Communities ‘Little Angels’ project in Zimbabwe and operating costs for the school for five years to assure sustainability.
Little Angels School
There is no charge for the children to attend however, parents and guardians are asked to volunteer at the school and provide whatever they are able; firewood or other materials that can be used to keep the school running. In addition to providing education, the Little Angels School provides breakfast and lunch for the children who attend.
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 more children; to double the size of the school. The new school will include three classrooms and toilet facilities for another 80 children.
The cost of building and furnishing the school extension is US$80,000 US. Current operating costs are $21,600 per annum. With the expansion the costs will double to $43,200 a year. We are seeking to fund the construction of the school extension provide for operating costs for five years so as so ensure sustainability. A small inflationary element is included.
The total being sought in contributions is therefore as follows:
Construction costs: US$ 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
Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) Zimbabwe is located throughout the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. MSC was established in Zimbabwe in July 2002 to assist with the care of children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
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.