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AtoZ-Aid to Zimbabwe

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Raised by 91 people in 16 months
In 2018, I went to the country of my birth - Zimbabwe - for 3 months to help out at Emerald Hill children’s home for 100 vulnerable children and the school for 300 children who are deaf.   Now that I’m back in Ireland I hope I’ve learned enough by being immersed in the country to continue helping its development  from Ireland.   
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Greetings all, apologies for not giving you an update sooner. I've been having to work more days than anticipated and then I just crash in the bed for the days I'm off so I haven't managed to do as much as is needed to help Zimbabwe this year. However I thought it important to let you know how I've been putting your donations to use to continue helping Zimbabwe.

You would have all heard of the cyclone Idai which started off on the east side of Mozambique and caused a lot of damage to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi including the loss of hundreds of lives and thousands requiring rescue and shelter. In all these countries there has been damage to communications, electricity supply, roads and bridges as well. Help is coming from all corners, including Trócaire and GOAL, and locally people are giving whatever they can in cash and kind. It is humbling to see and hear about the effort everybody is trying to give from the little they have.

The people were actually complaining of impending hunger due to drought as very little rain had come in the rainy season and therefore nothing was growing in the fields. Now the cyclone has brought a lot of rain with serious consequences. At least for the animals the grass will come up and the water table will also rise. There is no hope for the crops that had already dried up as they get drowned with the floods and there is high risk for outbreaks of water borne diseases and diarrhoea diseases like cholera.

To help show some solidarity I have sent Sr Agnes, who is a Dr at Emerald Hill, €500 to buy medical supplies for the St Joseph's hospital the Domincans run in Mutare which is in the area worst affected in Zimbabwe on the border with Mozambique. They are praying that with the torrential rains there is no health disaster at the hospital due to the overcrowding that occurs at the facility.

Whilst in Zimbabwe last year I met up with and assisted a charity specialising in providing support to children coping with cancer- Kidzcan. They've been able to furnish me with the list of oncology drugs they need as even if they were available in the country the government's budget priority is treating adults with cancer. Unbelievably more than half of the drugs on the list are manufactured or distributed here in Ireland so I wrote to the 24 pharmaceutical companies involved asking if they would donate the supply required to treat the children in Zimbabwe. I've had a few responses already one of which was positive - Rowa in Bantry which have given me one month's supply of the their drug which helps treat ulcers and alleviates some of the suffering the children undergoing chemotherapy endure. Kidzcan has received permission from the government to allow me to export them to the country without incurring import duties so I've arranged for the local FedEx to take care of the shipment so PG they get there safely before the month is out. This initiative has cost €250 so far.

Last but by no means least are the children at the orphanage in Emerald Hill. I've sent Sr Gabriel €250 to help ensure they can have an Easter Egg Hunt and a feast at Easter after the celebrations in the church that they hold so dear. Who would believe that it was this time last year that I was bidding them all farewell.

Thanks again to all of you for your ongoing and generous support. I'll continue to keep you posted on what the donations you give is spent on. Please do not hesitate to drop me a line anytime if you have any queries or have any preferences for where you'd like your money spent.
All the best for Easter

Luv
Joyce
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Merry Christmas everyone. Thank you for supporting my Christmas gift appeal. I'm sending the 710€ raised today. The Children's Home have sent me their annual letter to supporters which I'll see how to load up on this site. They have had a difficult year as the situation has not improved in the country and prices have doubled with the currency and cash uncertainty since I was there!
I will continue to work on delivering a corporate funding appeal in 2019 to maximise the impact of the funds we still haven't spent (€500). I also aim to send money to fund oils to the massage / reflexology therapist who works with the children.(€234).
I'll let you know in 2019 if there's any other ways we can help keep the Emerald Hill Children's Home afloat so they can keep doing the great work they've been doing the past 100 years _ all started from the courage of Mother Patrick _ a young 27 year old from our wonderful Emerald Isle.
May you all be blessed with peace and joy throughout the year ahead.
Thanks again
Joyce
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Good morning everyone
Well believe it or not a couple of months have gone by since I updated you all. To tell you the truth I haven't really done much in the intervening time as I've started running a Meditation Centre in the heart of Dublin and it has been all consuming of my time and energy.

What I have done is respond to appeal from Sr Agnes who runs the convent at Emerald Hill. I'll attach her video for your perusual. She was seeking support for the ongoing running of the hospitals the order still runs so I've sent her a contribution which will help feed everyone in the hospital for another day.

I have also continued my efforts to support the fundraising within Zimbabwe in developing a Corporate Social Responsibility campaign that could be launched in 2019 to try and get local companies to sponsor the overall costs of supporting a child in the Emerald Hill Childrens Home so we'll see how we get on with that in the New Year.

I managed to attend a working conference attended by all the agencies in Ireland helping countries abroad to prioritise and confirm Irish Aid's strategy regarding contributing to their work. The good news is they want to develop an approach to harness businesses contribution to employment generation and knowledge transfer which is just what I think will help Zimbabwe get back on its feet and they are going to continue their long standing support of Southern Africa.

Finally as we start gearing up for Christmas can I make a renewed appeal to your generosity. I would love to send a Christmas present to each of the children in Emerald Hill - 5$ for the little ones, $10 for the early teens and $15 for the older ones to allow them to get themselves something they need. I also would like to send $20 for each of the staff to allow them to have a nice meal with their family for Christmas. All in all this would require €1,500.

As always thanks for your support. May you all have a happy and peaceful Christmas and a wonderful 2019.

Best Regards
Joyce
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Hello everyone
Well you probably think I’ve fallen over the edge of a cliff it’s been so long since I corresponded with you all. So apart from my summer holiday with the family in Kerry there wasn’t much I could progress with in Ireland as we had to see how the election in Zimbabwe went. You probably all saw the coverage of the election, the protests after and the court challenge of the result. Unfortunately the euphoria and sense of hope that was created when Mugabe was retired has subsided and dissipated as business and investment confidence is low. The economy has continued to deteriorate and the cash crisis has deepened causing prices to sky rocket further. What’s very worrying is the outbreak of cholera in Harare in the past month. Please God it is contained.

When I was growing up in Zim there was sanctions imposed on the country due to the declaration of independence from Britain unilaterally. This forced the country to become self sufficient where ever possible. Everything was grown, mined or manufactured locally. Unfortunately the situation now is quite the opposite as nearly everything is imported with the collapse of commercial farming and industry that has occurred over the past 30 years. Thus the potential to redevelop the country is immense. In addition the water, sanitation and transport infrastructure hasn’t been maintained or upgraded to keep pace with the urbanising of the population. Hopefully the new government will address the issues constraining business and development and bring stability and confidence to allow investment to flourish and benefit all the people.

Apart from monitoring the external environment I have been bevearing away trying to get support for the children’s home from the Irish Dominicans. They were very tied up with the Pope’s visit to Ireland which was a huge event.

The good news is I have been successful at getting goods needed into the country. Firstly 6 months supply of essential oils to be used for massage therapy with the children, and secondly A level maths, physics, chemistry and biology text books. Finally I’ve managed to research the list of drugs needed in the country to treat the children with cancer and to my joy found that 75% of them are manufactured by about 15 pharmaceutical companies. So I’ll be writng to them to see if they can donate the supply needed or help fund them.

The last thing to tell you about is on the government side of things. I went to a meeting where the organisation that supports volunteers going abroad presented their campaign asking everyone to stop supporting children’s homes and only support projects helping children within a community home/family/foster setting which I found to be too idealistic and not respectful of the different cultures and stages of development different countries are at. I am scheduled to attend the Irish government’s consultation on their development aid strategy which is to concentrate on education especially girls and focus on Africa

So hopefully I’ll have some more positive news for you all before Christmas. As always thanks for your continued support.

Regards
Joyce
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