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United Congregational Church of Southern Africa
In October 1998, the Bulawayo District of the United Congregational Church of Sothern Africa- Zimbabwe Synod (UCCSA-Zimbabwe Synod) initiated its work with children orphaned by AIDS and their caregivers, usually elderly grandparents. Global Ministries has supported this important ministry since its beginnings.
The Bongani Orphan Care Program is implemented by volunteers from 12 local district congregations. The number of orphans due to HIV/AIDS continues to increase each day. The Bongani Orphan Care Program vision continues as the commitment to personal involvement in a holistic ministry of caring for and empowering orphans in the church and community.
The following is an overview of the programs that are available for the children:
This club is for children ages 11 - 16 and allows members to participate in Bible study, theater, debate, counseling sessions, and overnight camps. Children ages 4 - 10 will soon be able to participate as well.
This garden has moved to the Hope Fountain Mission where there is water and fertile land available. The garden is for children and caregivers who are not well.
Designing School and Joy Shop
A nearby clothing factory donates clothing remnants to make children’s clothing and quilts. All pieces are showcased for the community. Also, a dress designing school has been implemented and provides a one-year course for students to make their own clothing.
The Joy Shop sells second-hand clothing as well as crafts, hand-made clothing, and tie-dye materials. All proceeds support the children with school fees and food.
Bongani maintains high education standards and has expanded its program to include a day care for children five and under.
- The number of orphans increases by the day and the capacity needs to increase as well as the offering of more viable projects that will assist the children.
- The nutrition garden must be worked vigorously in order to have plenty of vegetables for both the children and to sell at the market.
- The Joy Shop and Day Care Center need to expand.
- The fishponds at Hope Fountain need repair and a fish project should be started.