After much hard work, a new maternity ward and women’s shelter has opened at one of our nearby rural clinics.
There was previously nowhere for new mothers to stay once they had delivered their babies, so they would often go to the clinic (depending on transport being available), give birth and walk or get a lift home once they had ‘rested’ for a short while.
Imire received generous funding, allowing a maternity shelter at the clinic to be built, along with a new 3-bedroom house at the clinic for the on-call nurses to stay in. This means there is now a 24 hour service to the community – something which is vital to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates.
One of the most recognised needs at Numwa School, and through the Southern African region in general, is the lack of sanitary wear for girls. Through donations brought by The Zimbabwe Gecko Society, and a partnership with Padding Africa, the sewing group at Numwa School are making reusable sanitary pads, and are now running a self-sustainable project. The Group is made up of rural women, together with teachers from Numwa School, who gather twice a week to meet the needs of the children at the school.
As always, community projects are constantly on the go. This month, the volunteers played a huge part in assisting with the development of the vegetable garden at Chizungu school, and educating the community members on permaculture. This is such a valuable project empowering women and children with long term sustainability skills.
Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation would like to express our gratitude to Steve Potter from Apple Crumble Macintosh Service and Support who so kindly donated an Apple Computer to our local Numwa School. This extremely generous donation was facilitated by one of our ex-volunteers, Rose Dunne. A very special women who volunteered at Imire last year and who has placed her care and concern for our Imire community at the forefront of her mind, we cannot thank Rose enough for her ongoing kindness and generosity.
This donation has changed the lives of many individuals at the local school, and it is thoughtful people like this who make such a positive massive impact in the lives of our community members.
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Our community have been generously assisted by Susan Janetti of the Zimbabwe Gecko Society, and her wonderful Canadian Team of volunteers, in the building of a brand-new, fully functioning Vocational Centre.
The centre is packed to the hilt with incredible machinery, supplies and resources and offers local men and women a multitude of carpentry and craft skill development opportunities.
Women from the community get together on a regular basis and hand craft clothing and various other items for the surrounding community. This is a self-sustainable project, which enables female empowerment opportunities and accessible support for the community.
We are so grateful for Susans hard work and efforts put into this fantastic project and we cannot wait to share more with you about the produce that will come out of this exciting centre!
Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation were delighted to work along side Vawz in 2016, introducing for the first time to the Wedza Community the much needed campaign of sterilizing the dogs in the area. Vawz brought down a wonderful team of committed vets, who worked tirelessly for three days, educating and encouraging the rural people of the need to take on this responsibility. The welfare of the dogs after the operation was a joy to witness as was the pride of the owners.
This will hopefully be an on going programme, as the community members have realized the benefits of having a loyal one man dog by their side.