Hands of Friendship – was established in 2003 as a Belgian registered non profit organisation that aims to help young Zimbabweans seeking opportunities to build a future. Particular focus is given to children, especially girls and boys, who have been orphaned by the loss of their mothers and fathers. It seeks to enable the young to go to school by providing support for school fees and for buying school uniforms. It also seeks to ensure that food is is available for those who are malnourished. It supports grandmothers looking after their grandchildren who have lost their parents to HIV/aids and other diseases.
Hands of Friendship – works from the principle that “if you give a man a fish he will eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish he will eat for life”. To this end we put great emphasis on helping children living in poverty have access to an education that would otherwise be out of their reach, and in ensuring their health as well as the health of others within their community.
We strive to help communities grow progressively self-sufficient. So many people living in poverty not only need food, but encouragement, compassion and tools to enable them to meet the challenges that they face, not only today but for the future.
Hands of Friendship supports such communities through assistance with rearing poultry, producing batik cloth and making recycled crafts from plastic and scrap metal cans.
Many children who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS and other diseases are left in the care of their grandparents. In 2007 we have helped a group of such grandmothers and grandfathers start a vegetable garden, which not only provided food for the children to eat, but also produce for sale that generated funds to pay for school fees and uniforms due to recent droughts they are struggling to cope but we are are trying to sink a borehole to enable them restart producing. We also organise fashion shows, crafts sales, marathons and barbeques