Ard­fern char­ity com­mit­ted to help­ing Zimbabwean or­phans

The Oban Times - - Districts -

DE­SPITE tur­bu­lent times in Zim­babwe, the Pe­land­aba Or­phans Char­ity re­mains stead­fast in its com­mit­ment to ed­u­cate the chil­dren of the African coun­try.

The small char­ity, based in Ard­fern, aims to raise funds solely for the pur­pose of pay­ing the school fees of or­phans liv­ing in and around Pe­land­aba, a sub­urb of Bu­l­awayo in Zim­babwe.

With a se­vere drought caus­ing dis­as­ter last year and elec­tions com­ing up in 2018, the Pe­land­aba char­ity will have to over­come se­ri­ous hur­dles to do so, and with that aim is host­ing a series of events this year.

It is cur­rently pay­ing for the ed­u­ca­tion of 45 pri­mary and se­condary chil­dren and is man­ag­ing to get money through to Zim­babwe Se­na­tor Mike Carter and char­ity co-or­di­na­tor San­dra Gumede to en­sure these chil­dren con­tinue to get a chance to suc­ceed.

Cindy Mac­don­ald, who founded the char­ity, vis­ited the chil­dren last year and was im­pressed by their ded­i­ca­tion to learn­ing in or­der to im­prove things for oth­ers. She said: ‘Their ap­pre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude for all those who are help­ing them was hum­bling. They have no ex­pec­ta­tions, but are still happy and want­ing oth­ers to ben­e­fit in the same way. Any con­tin­ued sup­port for these chil­dren is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and it makes a huge dif­fer­ence in their lives.’

To find out more about the char­ity visit www.zane-peland­abaor­phans.co.uk.

Char­ity founder, Cindy Mac­Don­ald, with a group of or­phans in Pe­land­aba.

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