Hundreds of people and organizations have donated 180 tons of supplies, enough to fill 9 enormous containers full of desperately needed goods for people in Zimbabwe, Africa. The containers are tightly packed with clothing, hygiene kits, newborn kits, nutritional supplements, medical and dental supplies and equipment, school supplies, blankets, linens, eyeglasses, books, toys, and wheelchairs, among other items.
A severe drought in Zimbabwe earlier this year resulted in massive food shortages, worsening already dire living conditions for millions of Zimbabweans. Most Zimbabweans suffer not only from hunger, but also lack warmth, shelter, and most other basic necessities. Very few can afford medical care. Sadly, over 1 million Zimbabwean children are orphaned due to AIDS.
We have collected much-needed supplies; now we need money for shipping. The containers weigh over 50,000 lbs. They will travel from Utah to Los Angeles, then South Africa and on to Zimbabwe. Total cost of shipping for the 9 containers is $125,000. [read more]
The collection and distribution of supplies is through EYES4ZIMBABWE, an official non-governmental organization (donations tax-deductible.) EYES4ZIMBABWE was founded in 1996 by Zimbabwean-born Reeve Nield, professional golf coach. She and professional golfers, Laurette Maritz and Cecilie Lundgreen, who play on the Ladies European Tour, run EYES4ZIMBABWE. They do not make anymoney from their work with EYES4ZIMBABWE; every cent donated goes to help the people in Zimbabwe. Reeve, Laurette, Cecilie, and Rachel (Reeve's sister) personally oversee the distribution of supplies to individuals, clinics, hospitals, organizations, orphanages, schools, villages, and rural shelters, as well as garbage dumps where people live.
The value of the goods vastly outweighs the cost of shipping. Not only can these items not be purchased in Zimbabwe, but thousands of hours of volunteer labor go into buying, sewing, assembling and packing the items. Most importantly, each item, whatever it may be, says, "We see you. You matter."
In Zimbabwe, “Tatenda” means “thank you.” We cannot express how grateful we are for your help. It is a privilege to be able to help thousands of people struggling in Zimbabwe. From the bottom of our hearts….Tatenda!
For more information about EYES4ZIMBABWE, see Eyes4Zimbabwe.org