Zara's Center is a safe-haven for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. We have set up a communal goal of raising $3,000 for our fundraiser. Please feel free to give whatever you can, as any amount will be impactful. Funds are fully tax-deductible.
-$150 will cover public school fees and supplies for one year.
-$2,000 provides new school shoes for all 125 children.
-$1,000 feeds all 125 children for one month ($8/month per child).
To donate via PayPal, visit our website and click the PayPal donation button :
Milbert has known Zara's Founder, Lesley Goldwasser, for 20 years, having joined her team right out of business school. The two connected as the only Africans on the team and have been great friends since. Milbert is originally from Uganda, was raised in Kenya, and has traveled across East and Southern Africa including Zimbabwe. Lesley was born and raised in Zimbabwe and has traveled extensively throughout Africa.
Facts About Zimbabwe:
1. Zimbabwe is ranked 109th out of 117 developing countries on the Global Hunger Index [GHI].
2. 13% of adults have HIV/AIDS, making Zimbabwe one of the most impacted countries in the world [AVERT].
3. As a result, the country has one of the world's largest orphan populations [BBC].
4. Many Zimbabwean children do not consistently attend school, as their guardians cannot afford mandatory public school fees [Reuters].
5. A period of inflation that began in early 2019 has made life even more difficult, as the value of the Zimbabwean currency decreases almost daily [Reuters].
Milbert & Tim became fast friends of Julia & Craig and Kate & Jim in 2014 when they first moved to Montclair and their kids attended the infamous MCPK, and now Northeast. In addition to spending a lot of time together through basketball and soccer, the couples enjoy discussing politics and trying to make the world a better place.
More about Zara's Center:
Zara's provides daily nourishment, academic enrichment, medical care, work training, recreation, and artistic development to over 125 children in Emganwini Township. The majority of Zara's kids have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Zara's Center is committed to providing the tools and resources necessary to help children succeed and become their own advocates. To learn more about the Center, visit Zara's Website.
Zara's Center is supported by the Jonathan Plutzik and Lesley Goldwasser Family Foundation. The Foundation is a designated charitable entity as described in U.S. Tax Code Section 501(c)(3). Zara's Center is registered as a Charitable Trust in Zimbabwe. Registered as "Zara's Centre Trust" (Registered Trust: MA137/2007)