An amazing opportunity has arisen just a few weeks prior to our pilot Service and Leadership trip to Zimbabwe - we have been invited to a remote district of Zimbabwe to work alongside community leaders of a particular Shangaan village who are building a primary-care clinic.
Once built, the clinic will be the first accessible health care facility made available to this village, and it has been a long time coming. Community leaders have been endeavoring for years to make this clinic a reality. Nearly a decade ago they had earned enough funds to begin work on the clinic. But before shovels hit the ground, Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation skyrocketed and the utter collapse of the national economy left the community leaders with pennies.
They have not given up hope, however, and continue to earn and save what they can. Now they have invited the Elias Fund to come join them in their efforts. Despite the short notice, and after some deliberation with our partners, we have decided this is a project of high priority and we could not be more honored to have been invited to assist!
So here’s deal: The community leaders have asked us to raise $10,000 for the clinic. Our team leaves July 3rd. That’s 18 days to reach our goal. Sounds daunting, but we know we can do it.
This is an effort that ties two communities together. When you donate, your name will be brought over to Zimbabwe with us to be added and recognized at the project site. We are still working through what this will look like exactly, but whether it be a plaque or an engraving your name will be placed in the clinic. Together we are two communities collectively saying, “I am strong if you are strong."