Lovemore Home - April 2014 Update
Dear Friends of Lovemore Home in Harare, Zimbabwe,
Greetings in Christ our Lord. We know that Lovemore Home, a safe haven for kids rescued from the streets by the Social Welfare department, is very close to your heart. This important ministry of the Presbytery of Zimbabwe was started in 1998 by our dear friends, Bill and Nancy Warlick. Some of you are aware that the ministry has gone through a restructuring by a transitional committee, as recommended by The Outreach Foundation, to strenghten its effectiveness. One of the goals was to find a ministry model that is more sustainable than the residential program. The committee completed its work and made several recommendations including keeping Lovemore Home open. Lovemore will remain a property of the Presbytery, and its management will be under the Presbytery while the church continues its mission to care for vulnerable children. Several children have been placed with foster care families or reunited with relatives. The Outreach Foundation will continue working with the Presbytery to empower families while helping the kids with their education.
The Rev. Anne Hilborn of Charlotte, NC, Elder Lee Cooper of South Highland Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL, and Ebralie Mwizerwa, The Outreach Foundation’s projects coordinator, traveled to Harare in February to visit the boys and meet Presbytery leaders of the Church and Society committee overseeing Lovemore Home. They brought back the following story:
We want to highlight a student from Lovemore Home. His name is Hassan Ibrahim – some of you may remember him. Hassan, born in 1995, is a bright young man whose mother died when he was only five years old. He ran away from home to live on the streets when he was eight after repeated beatings from his relatives. He was severely abused even for petty issues. Through the Social Services program to remove people living in the streets, Hassan was taken to the Just Children Foundation and later transferred to Lovemore Home. He attended Brigade Primary School and was chosen to be a prefect when he was in fifth grade - then a headboy in seventh grade. Hassan is now flourishing at Gloag High School in Bulawayo. He wishes to be a doctor one day! It costs $600 per semester to educate Hassan, and we pray that he will achieve his potential and become a doctor.
It is a joy to take part in this transformational ministry in partnership with the Presybtery of Zimbabwe and with you! We welcome your gifts toward caring for, educating and feeding the boys at Lovemore Home.
Ebralie Mwizerwa, Projects Coordinator
Amount needed in 2014
The Outreach Foundation seeks to raise at least $4,200 per month for Lovemore Home. To make a donation, click the Donate Now link in the sidebar.
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