Project Zimbabwe

Project Zimbabwe is a plan to send a shipment of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and general goods to Howard Hospital in Zimbabwe. We are based in Auckland, New Zealand. Make a Plan is endorsed by Horizon International Church which is a registered charitable trust in New Zealand. 100% of funds donated to Make a Plan will be used for this project only. So far we have a large shipment of donated medical supplies collected already. Our main aim now is to raise funds to ship it there. You can help with this by making an online donation here.

HOWARD HOSPITAL

Founded in 1923, Howard Hospital is a Salvation Army institution situated in the Chiweshe communal land of rural Zimbabwe. Eighty kilometres north of Harare, the hospital is the referral centre for the Mazowe district and has a catchment of greater than 270,000 people.Approximately 25,000 of whom are living with HIV/AIDS

A variety of medical and social services are provided for all ages, from the newborn to the elderly and terminally ill. There are inpatient and Outpatient departments seeing 115,000 patients a year, an Operating Theatre, Pharmacy, Laboratory and facilities for Xray, Ultrasound and Rehabilitation.

With the current economic and political situation in Zimbabwe, there are extreme challenges in providing health care services to the community, especially the requirement for general medical and surgical supplies. Many pharmaceutical companies have left Zimbabwe so most medical supplies must now be imported at costs which are prohibitive to the hospital.

Click here to see how you can help, or donate now towards this project.

Resolution

Well after nearly two years (I can hardly believe it has been that long!) this project is drawing to a close.

Sadly, we were unable to raise enough money to ship  the medical supplies to Zimbabwe. This was a disappointment, but I think we have had a good outcome.

The medical supplies were given to Encounter Christian Church here in Auckland who will be shipping them to the Solomon Islands soon. The money that we did raise will be donated directly to the Howard Hospital in Zimbabwe. The total amount is $4733.

Many thanks to everyone who was involved in this project. Here are some photos of the boxes being taken out of our garage, one year and 5 months after being put in there. I have to add I’m more than a little pleased to see them gone.

As you can see, some of our own junk has accululated...

Gotta start somewhere....one box at a time.

Little helper

The eldest three of my four children

Working together

Thr first four van loads

Lynette from Encounter Christian Church

On pallets

About one more car load to go

Time to Call it a Day

I have just finally posted photos from the Car Boot Sale which was held in May! Was it really three months ago! It was a great day and I was so encouraged by the team effort.

It is now 15 months since I started this project and time to bring it to a close. We have raised around $5000 towards the shipping costs, which sadly will only cover the shipping of perhaps half of the medical goods. Nevertheless, it has been a good effort and way back when it all started, I knew the biggest risk was of a ‘spectacular failure‘ and it was a risk I was willing to take. I guess it hasn’t been a resounding success, but a far better result than doing nothing about the great needs so many people in the world are facing. Part of me wants to persevere and give it another burst of energy to raise the full amount needed, and see it through to completion, but we are expecting another baby. This wonderful blessing has added a rather urgent deadline to getting some garage space back for storage and to create more living area in our house. It has been quite a stress having several hundred boxes in our garage and it’s time to call it a day.

I am sorely disappointed, have learnt a lot and don’t regret taking this mammoth project on for a moment. One of these days I’ll probably post about all the things I have learned.

I worked out recently that with the money already raised, it would only cost $15 per box to see it all sent to Zim. (There are 473 boxes of various medical supplies as well as a photocopier). It seemed such a small amount in the grand scheme of things and yet I have learned that fund raising even small amounts takes an enourmous amount of energy which I can afford to give at the moment. And besides, it’s not fund raising that I really want to do. It’s not fund raising that excites me. It’s the incredible possiblities that open up when people’s hearts are impacted with compassion for the poor. A wise friend pointed out to me that fund raising is what happens when people don’t give. What really makes me excited and makes me come alive is seeing people get it for themselves. Seeing people realise what their small contribution can do in a collective effort against poverty. It’s then that we can really do amazing things together that make a real difference for people living in poverty.

So, while this is the beginning of the end of this project (I still have a lot of work to do getting the freight off the ground and onto a ship) it’s not the end at all, but just the beginning of doing new things, doing things better and changing hearts and lives. I still have the little store and once the medical goods are sent to Zim, the proceeds will be going towards another awesome project I look forward to telling you about. So stay tuned. I am looking forward to posting photos of a shipping container packed and ready to set sail.

Thanks to everyone who has got involved and supported this! I really appreciate it!

Photos from the Car Boot Sale!

It was a great team effort. Thanks so much to everyone who got on board for a great cause!

The rest of the images can be found by clicking here.

Successful Car Boot Sale!

Many thanks to all who were involved in our recent Market Day / Car Boot Sale hosted by Horizon International Church. We raised a total of $3645 towards the shipping costs which is a good amount considering it was our first Market Day. It was lots of fun and there was a great team spirit and a happy atmosphere.

The above amount included a one off donation from the Zimbabwe Association of New Zealand, for which we are very grateful. Thank you Titus and Japhet for coming along and showing your support on the day.  It was a pleasure to meet you.

If anyone has photos of the day and would like to share please forward them to makeaplanworld@gmail.com and I will add them to the blog. Thanks.

Market Day / Car Boot Sale Fundraiser

flyer-for-sellers-car-boot-sale

We are holding a community Car Boot Sale/ Market day to raise funds for shipping a container of donated medical supplies to the Howard Hospital in Zimbabwe.

This is a great chance to get rid of unwanted goods around the house as well as to support a great cause. Market stalls also available for craftspeople/traders. ($10 per car boot, $20 per market stall)

This will be a fun community event with food stalls, and kids entertainment too. Come along and get involved.

Txt or call 021 2977060 to book a space.

This event is also on Facebook if you want to invite friends on there too.

If you have friends or family that may be keen to either sell on the day or come along to browse, please Click Here for a printable flyer.  Many thanks for your support!


Slow progress but not giving up!

It’s been a while since I posted here. It’s been slow progress as far as the project goes…I’ve been working hard trying to fundraise (don’t think I’m very good at it! hehehe) and have been making slow progress. We now have $1000 towards the shipping, which is only about 10% of the cost.

I’ve been feeling discouraged and intimidated about it all, and frustrated that I have a container load of valuable medical supplies sitting in my garage, when they could be helping people. As a nurse I can only imagine the frustrations of trying to care for people without adequate supplies, a point  noted in the video I have posted below, by Dr Paul Thistle of the Howard Hosptial.

In one of the first posts on this blog right back at the beginning of this project, I remember being all too well aware of the risk of failure, and I was (and still am) prepared to risk it because I think the chance of success is abslutely worth it! These medical supplies WILL make a real difference for people living lives we can only begin to imagine.

This project, if I manage to pull it off, along with the help of people around me and anyone else willing to get on board, will be the biggest thing I’ve ever done for other people, and I’m so excited about it.  When I’m feeling discouraged I only have to imagine the day we seal up the container full of goods and send it on it’s way, or the day it arrives in Zimbabwe and is unpacked into hospital store rooms, boosting the morale of the tireless medical and nursing staff there, and I get inspired again.

Having duly noted that my personal fundraising efforts to date ($1000) has been rather slow, I have been looking at other options. It’s a steep learning curve for me and I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who have done this before who could do it better, but you know what….I wanted to get my hands dirty and get involved. I didn’t just want to send a cheque (as improtant as that is).  Anyway…I digress….

I will continue to do what I am doing (selling candles, and soaps etc….see above links), and would still absolutely welcome any donations (please) but in addition to this I am starting the process of applying for grants which are available through the NZ Government as well as various Charitable Trusts. This can be a lengthy and tedious process with lots of paper work and probably red tape.

If you’re reading this there are  a few ways you can help.

  • Consider a donation. You can donate online here via paypal (it’s an easy to follow form. You can use a credit card) or email me at makeaplanworld@gmail.com It doesn’t matter how small you think your contribution is. Every little bit counts.
  • Buy something from the store. See tabs and the top of the page. All profits go towards the shipping.
  • Help with the grant application process. Email me if you can do this at makeaplanworld@gmail.com
  • Spread the word. Pass this website link on to anyone you know why may be interested or able to help.

Thanks!

Dr. Paul Thistle talks about the current needs for Howard Hospital