Miracle Missions – bringing communities together

Miracle Missions, a Harare based non-profit organisation, is raising funds to host a party for more than a thousand disabled children from the country’s 10 provinces.

Children enjoy themselves in the bouncy castle.
Children enjoy themselves in the bouncy castle.

Set for early April, the party aims to bring together children from all races and backgrounds to share and connect.

One of the organisation’s trustees, Jacque Anderson, said they were now appealing for donations from individuals, companies and organisations keen to bring a smile to the faces of those in need.

Anderson said there was a lot of potential in Zimbabwe, but the concept of volunteering and sharing with people in difficult circumstances needed more promotion.

“It is not about giving away everything. It is about changing the mindset and setting good examples to our children because they are the future leaders who need role models that are responsible and accountable,” said Anderson.

Miracle Missions runs the ‘Give Giving’ project every year, a partnership with schools, including Eaglesvale primary, Gateway primary and senior, Lomagundi, Hellenic, Chisipite, Twin Rivers, Arundel and St John’s pre-school and college.

She told The Zimbabwean that Miracle Missions would host the April one- day event at Gateway in Harare, the venue where the organisation hosted more than 2,000 orphans and vulnerable children for an early Christmas party last year.

“Students and teachers from Gateway school have been amazing ever since we started hosting the Christmas parties at their school four years ago. The greatest thing is that children are learning to give clothes, food and the more than 5,000 toys donated to the needy all over the country.”

Sponsored by various organisations, including G- TEL, MARS, and Childline, Miracle Missions hopes the event will present a networking platform for disabled children, organisations working with disabled children, government departments and the private sector.

Formed in 2009, Miracle Missions links communities to people and organisations that are best placed to meet their needs.

Said Anderson: ”The organisation promotes self-sufficiency through coordinating and implementing community empowerment projects at grassroots level. Our work addresses the moral, spiritual and physical aspects of self-development.”

She said in Zimbabwe, sustainable solutions existed, but they required leadership, smart thinking and networking.

“Our organisation connects relevant organisations to streamline efforts and avoid unnecessary duplication,” said Anderson. She cited an example where the organisation had helpedwomen through the Dollar for Capital project.

Making crazy crowns at the Christmas party.
Making crazy crowns at the Christmas party.

“Some of the women formed a co-operative and started making sandwiches for sale. They managed to raise $268 in profit and now they are doing catering work for private events.

“We have also mobilised young people, who are helping care for the environment and helping communities become proactive in taking responsibility for the areas in which they live and work,” said Anderson.

“We are partnering with the City of Harare as well as other national government departments on an anti-littering and illegal dumping campaign too.” She urged businesses to contribute to sustainable environmental projects as well as establishing food waste management policies, such as sponsoring dustbins placed in strategic public places within the cities and towns.

Last year, the organisation hosted a party for orphans and vulnerable children. More than 300 volunteers and 250 caregivers participated at the event.

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