The kids of the Mkhosana Kids Club in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, burst into life a few days before Christmas 2016. The initial project was to provide a place for fun and interaction for 12 local orphans that had been identified by Victoria Falls social services... but it turned out to be a Christmas miracle. Here, Orphan Care and Teaching volunteer Ruth, tells us all about it!
African Impact worked with the local church in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to provide a suitable venue for the Mkhosana Kids Cub that planned to take place over the Christmas holidays, with the knowledge that this would provide a fun and safe learning environment for 12 orphaned children during their time away from school.
On the first day of the holidays, myself and several volunteers set off to decorate and paint the room, hoping that the news had spread and the 12 identified children would be there.
Boy, what a welcome we got. As we turned the corner, we were met by over 200 local people with their kids, ready to join in at our Kids Club.
Together, we all painted the classroom, including handprints of all the kids that came that day.
The club quickly become a venue for all the local kids to enjoy games, songs and activities, with over 80 coming each week.
Around a dozen teenage girls also joined us to take part in a discussion group each week, where we helped them to air issues relevant to them. Of course, they enjoyed playing games too and the aim was to help them with job applications and so on.
From toddlers to teens, the club was a buzz of songs, games and laughter - from the kids and the volunteers. It truly was a magical time for all.
If you're interested in joining us in Victoria Falls and providing education and support to disadvantaged children, find out more HERE.