Your friends at the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, The Nyadire Connection (TNC), are fundraising to complete a new orphanage facility in Zimbabwe, and are ready to do whatever it takes to reach the $20,000 needed to finish the project!
Over the past 19 years, the original Home of Hope Orphanage in Nyadire, Zimbabwe, has supported over 26 boys and girls from infancy through 18 years of age. The Methodist-administered facility has provided love, guidance, safety, and education to some of the most vulnerable children, and continues to serve 17 children currently. Year by year, as both the orphanage and the children themselves grow older, the need for better quality facilities becomes more glaring.
If the orphanage is to continue to stay open, it must operate in a new facility, which is currently under construction!
TNC has been partnered with the orphanage in Nyadire, Zimbabwe, for over ten years, and provides direct sponsorship for children to live a high-quality life at the Home of Hope. Now, your friends in TNC want to show you how important the Home of Hope project is to them.
If the $20,000 fundraising goal is met, EVERY SINGLE one of the following TNC members are going to spend a day painting the facilities at Healthy Village Learning Institute in McKeesport! They pledged their time and dedication to this cause, and believe that one of the best ways to celebrate this $20,000 goal is to volunteer their time to help link African Americans in Pittsburgh to African traditions and culture at Healthy Village (https://hvliweb.org/). Our caring and committed TNC members are as follows:
The original Home of Hope was constructed with young children in mind, offering little to no privacy for girls and boys as they grow into young adults. In addition, the outdated structure does not fit new Zimbabwean regulations assigned to orphanages, which is now standardized across the country.
The new Home of Hope orphanage features:
- New water and electrical access, including solar-powered water pumps
- On-site farm to promote agricultural and financial sustainability for the orphanage
- Improved building design offering gender-specific privacy
- Smaller units within the orphanage for a less-institutional, more family-style upbringing.
- Each unit within the orphanage has three bedrooms, a living area, a kitchen, and bathrooms including toilets, showers, and sinks. The units have separate entrances, and a different nanny will watch the children in each unit.
Last, but certainly not least:
- A home for the Administrator of the orphanage, Emmanuel Chiimba, who is the 24/7 support and protection for the children (see biography below and video interview above).
The orphanage is now almost complete, but the finishing touch, the Administrator’s home, is not yet complete. This means that despite the excellent new orphanage being finished, the children cannot move yet, because in accordance with Zimbabwean law, the orphanage cannot open without an Administrator living on-site.
It has been close to 2 YEARS since the orphanage has been finished without the space being utilized due to the incomplete Administrator’s home!
Our fund raising goal of $20,000 will finish the Administrator’s home, finish the entire orphanage rebuild project, and open the new Home of Hope so that the children can move in immediately.
Emmanuel Chiimba has been the Administrator of the original Home of Hope since 2007 through the support of TNC, and is known for his compassion and fatherly support of all the children at the orphanage. His openness and dedication to the well-being of the children is certainly what makes the Home of Hope a real family. He will fortunately be continuing in his role as the Administrator at the new Home of Hope.
His experience and education exceeds the highest expectations for this important role at the Home of Hope. Emmanuel earned his teaching degree in 1990 and taught for 17 years, while in 1998 he furthered his education to become a specialist for mentally, visually, and hearing impaired children. In 2006 he earned an additional degree from the University of Zimbabwe in Special Needs Education, and in July 2007 started working as the Administrator at the Home of Hope.in 2011 he earned a certificate in Capacity Building in Humanitarian Crisis, and in 2015 earned another certificate in Rural Leadership Development, Organic Farming, and Servant Leadership.