Here is a snap shop of a meeting with the leaders in ChiNyani village. As this community grows in their awareness of those with disabilities they will become more equipped to help them reach their potential.
Families and children know they are loved because of their pastor and COA. Last year COA hosted a teaching with pastors to share the truth of value and purpose for those with disabilities. One pastor in particular was touched by this message and asked how he could do more in his village to walk alongside families.
After many acts of love, this pastor and COA were able to launch a support group which will meet regularly with leaders and families. For the first time in this village, families of those with disabilities will know they are not alone and will have friends within their own community to learn, love and grow with their children.
Due to a significant increase in Royal Creek grounds rent, further school development on this property has been put on hold.
There are many important conversations and events going on in Zimbabwe right now which all greatly impact the progress and direction of launching the school. We will continue to provide updates on this aspect of COA Ministry programs. Please stay with us in sharing the story of how COA is reaching families and communities through other aspects of their ministry.
Here are a few of the other ways COA is leading right now:
- Presenters at a workshop hosted by VIVA Network – ‘Building Supportive Environments for Children with Disabilities through Building Disability Friendly Churches’
- Launching a new support group in the rural village of ChiNyani
- Continuing to listen to, teach and care for over 100 existing families and children
- Empowering church and community leaders regularly
YES! The income generation projects underway on Royal Creek Center grounds are taking off. Here’s a summary of the update Davis sent this morning…
The first and second batches of chickens sold out. We sold a total of 441 chickens which helped pay the rent at Royal Creek for two more months. In the garden, lettuce is almost ready and we hope to deliver 300 heads during the coming weekend!
Meet Mrs. Priscah Mango, Royal Creek’s first teacher. Mrs. Priscah will be very involved with the Early Child Education and Development Program. She has been working very hard getting the classes and materials ready for her students!
We have an update on two of the income generating projects that will help pay school expenses. Davis just sent these pictures yesterday…
2000 heads of lettuce are now growing lush and green!
150 chickens have been raised well and are ready for the market this week! We also want you to meet Martin (below). Martin takes great care overseeing the garden and helps out with the chicken project often.
Just got word from Davis that lettuce has been planted in the garden at Royal Creek. This is one more step toward making the school sustainable and of course providing nutritious meals for students.
We will post a picture of the lettuce as soon as it begins to sprout.