Pompano Beach, FL (May 16, 2013) – ZimKids Orphan Trust serves children in Zimbabwe, one of the poorest countries on the planet. The organization was founded in 2005 when US sculptor Dennis Gaboury, after a visit to Bulawayo, the country’s second-largest city, where he saw youngsters in the city dumps foraging for buttons, yarn, wire, Vaseline jars–anything they could find to make dolls, wire trucks and other play toys.
So, Dennis held a competition to show off their toys. He then brought some of the toys back to the US. Not only did the children enjoy the spotlight, they won over dozens of donors in New York, where Dennis’ friends and neighbors offered to help the kids. Dennis used those donations to pay for the children’s school fees, pencils and books. In addition, from the sale of the dolls, the children were able to take home enough food to feed their families for a month. This instilled in the kids a real sense of pride, knowing they could contribute to their family’s well-being by their own work.
Today, Zimkids serves 200 orphans from its own complex in Pumula North, one of the poorest neighborhoods of Bulawayo. Its Educational Resource Center has a kitchen, clinic, library, Computer training center, market garden complete with drip irrigation technology, Sewing Training Center, and sports fields. Zimkids has even began offering preschool to area children.
LogoUp has stepped up to help. Tazzia had purchased shirts for the organization. She then reached out to LogoUp, which enthusiastically donated 72 shirts for Zimkids’ outreach children to wear.
“Their situation is dire. New clothes are a dream for kids in Zimbabwe,” she said, “and LogoUp will make 72 little kids very happy in Zimbabwe.”
To donate or find out more about Zimkids, visit www.zimkids.com