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Mother Bear Project, Zimbabwe, February 2014

The Mother Bear Project is based out of the USA ; this non-profit organization is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to under privileged children, primarily those affected by HIV/AIDS, by giving them a gift of love in the form of hand-knitted and crocheted bears. The simple gift of a hand-knitted bear with a tag signed by the knitter helps show these children that they are unconditionally loved.

People from all over the world are involved in knitting these bears which are then distributed throughout Africa.

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Children in the Wilderness has a long association with Mother Bear and the gift of these bears is shared with children who participate in our Eco-club Camps in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana, as well as being distributed to deserving children in hospitals, clinics, orphanages and children’s homes in the surrounding areas in which we operate.

2014 marks the year that 100,000 bears will have been distributed through the Mother Bear Project.

Children in the Wilderness are so proud to be associated with this program and look forward to bringing a happy smile & warm heart to many more deserving children in the years to come.

 
Trumus Warriors Football Club, Zimbabwe, February 2014
Co untry:  Zimbabwe               
Name of Project:  Trumus Warriors Football Club
Location:  Victoria Falls

Community Involved:  Victoria Falls community members
Number of people impacted/involved:  30 players ranging from 14 to 25 years old
Project Description:  Trumus Warriors Football Club is a registered Division one Club in the ZIFA Southern region.  
 
The Club isa non-profit organization managed by dedicated volunteers who tirelessly provide their assistance and time th roughout the year. The major source of revenue comes from gate takings whenplaying and donations from generous individuals and sponsors.  Trumus Warriors Football Club was founded in 2013 and is based at the Mkhosana SDA Secondary Ground.  There are currently 30 players (ranging from 14 years to 25 years).  We recruit young people from Victoria Falls, as well as from disadvantaged communities around the country.  We pride ourselves in helping them off the streets and in other illegal activities.
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Aim of the Club
Soccer is an integral part of local cultures across the world. It is something so positive that it brings smiles to children’s faces even in the worst of circumstances. The aim of the Trumus Warriors Football Club is to raise awareness about the Victoria Falls community’s ills with special regards to youth’s education, health, economic and social empowerment, and to foster support from relevant stakeholders for cooperation and implementing the soccer project. Trumus Warriors F.C realized that the true power of soccer has always been connections that it creates between people. Using successful soccer players as role models, and using the popularity of soccer to engage hard to reach young people, Trumus Warriors F.C has combined social theories, public health methodologies, rigorous evaluation and a huge dose of passion to reach the community at large.

Project Scope
Trumus Warriors F.C is a community based project which intends to empower youth by creating positive role models, nurturing them to dream and make informed decisions. The Club intends to create a forum where youths can question, address and find solutions to everything and everyone affecting them through the game of soccer.

Required sponsorship and breakdown of costs for Club (any donation amount welcome)
– Administration expenses, including internet, website, stationery, etc. ($6270 per annum),
– Zifa annual affiliation fees ($2000 per annum)
– Player licensing ($2300 per annum)
– Player’s medical expenses ($1800 per annum)
– Match camping ($4300 per annum)
–  Away-game transport ($9000 per annum)

– Training equipment ($4000 per annum)
– Coaches’ salaries ($800 per month – $9600 per annum)
– Match and Training Kit ($3000 per annum)
– Player meals ($3500 per annum),
– Player allowances ($1320 per month – $15 840 per annum)
– Player awards and bonuses & award event ($30 400 per annum)
– Match referee fees ($5940 per annum)
 
If you would like to assist, please go to the donations section on www.childreninthewilderness.com and use the reference: Trumus Warriors.  For more information on our community projects, please contact Sue Snyman ( sues@wilderness.co.za).
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