The Michael project

The Michael Project is a ministry of Greystone Park Christian Fellowship in Harare, and has been established as a result of the growing needs of children at risk in Zimbabwe. It is named after an AIDS orphan adopted by Sue Austen in 1994. His natural parents were Mozambican refugees and victims of the AIDS virus. Michael died in 1995.

The Michael Project is headed up by Dave and Helen Hobbs, who are both Zimbabwean born and bred. Dave comes from an accounting background, and left this profession in 2002 to work full time with The Michael Project. Helen is a graduate of the London School of Theology (previously London Bible College). She returned to Zimbabwe in 1999 to work with vulnerable children.

A key member of the team is Rephat Nyarenda, who graduated from Hatfield Bible College in Pretoria, and pastored a church in Norton, Zimbabwe, for five years before joining the Michael Project in 2006. Not only is he the project's pastor, but is also responsible for all of the teaching and training.

There are 15 full time workers in the team including pre-school teachers and house parents, who lovingly care for the children in our various projects.

The Michael Project is working with communities in Zimbabwe to reach children at risk. By coming alongside families they help them to protect and care for orphans and vulnerable children, and by mobilising a community-based response to needs like education and healthcare, they provide immediate and sustainable assistance.

They tackle issues such as malnutrition and HIV/AIDS by way of feeding, caring and awareness, and through their pre-schools, home visits and activity clubs these children learn essential life skills, have fun and are free, many for the first time, to just be children.

They are partnered by New Frontiers, Hands of Hope Ministry, Siloam Academy, Oasis, Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe, and Viva and linked in with Foundations for Farming and Foundations for Health. Four current projects include: Wingate Community, Shalom Children’s Home, Chikurubi Day Care Centre in the Female Prison, Binga Communities, Zambezi Valley – The Michael Project team can be contacted on www.themichaelproject.org or by emailing [email protected]

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