In this issue:

- Message from Susan Janetti who is back home !

- Annual garage Saturday April 27th

- Bottle Returns

Letter from Susan Janetti

Hello again!

Not long ago I sent out a newsletter telling of all we accomplished in Zimbabwe. Actually, all we accomplished was not recorded. There was much more.

Now that I am home and looking back over the pictures, I am amazed at what was completed in 3 short months. We took a dilapidated, roofless barn and turned it into a huge community center, with church, computer center, sewing center, ECD school, community shop, carpentry center, a garden with a center full of tools, a community kitchen and dining area. As well, there is a goat house which houses 100 goats. There also is a water well, pump and a 5000- liter tank container brought from 500 meters away to the facility, plus the same for electricity, with our own cables and transformer, etc.

The community we served came out to volunteer. It was an unusual concept for them and it took some loving and patience to get them on board, but in the end we couldn’t have done it without them. They dug up pit sand and river sand, hauled in rocks, chipped at old bricks to make them usable, dug trenches, and 21 men came to work and build. They gained skills as they worked with our home main builders.

We surprised the volunteers with a wage…much less than I would have liked to give but much more than they expected and in keeping with the general package. It was an exciting time for us! All the volunteers and builders were truly inspiring especially since we accomplished what many predicted was impossible. Grateful thanks to Erick Gwaze who had the vision and prayed for an outcome in his community. He walked with us all the way, donating hundreds of hours and putting his own work on hold for his community.

This was our biggest project by far. Thank you to all who supported us. This is your project, too! As mentioned in my last letter we over spent by nearly $10,000. Not something I usually do. I hope you will support my decision to spend the extra $ by helping me put our books back in the black. Donations can be made to EFCCM (see our website) or by cheque to Zimbabwe Gecko Society and I will make sure you get a tax receipt. Thank you.

Many have asked, “Why did you need to over spend?” The short answer is that for this project to become fully functioning we needed water and electricity. We were aware Frank would have some medical challenges when we returned home and there was no guarantee of when we could return to finish the job. So the decision was made to get it done. I am so very pleased that we made the choice, as the whole project was up and running before we left.

The school accommodates all the students. The sewing center has a teacher and many excited students. Orders are already coming in for the more advanced ones. The shop was running well and local people are happy to be able to purchase food, etc., locally. It is 10 km to the main road with no bus transport. The carpentry workshop has a good teacher and orders are coming in for beds with profits going towards more wood and electricity. Farming is well on its way with good compost being made and marketable crops in place. The water allows for year round crops. The fully equipped “clinic” is serving the community well, as is the computer center with its enthusiastic students.

The “church” is functioning in more ways than just the Sunday gatherings. Groups are getting together to find out what Christianity is all about and receiving personal support. The local Christians are all working together and also enjoying Sunday sermons. Soon the group will be hosting a fun day with a meal, soccer, basketball, etc., with all the uniforms and equipment supplied from the containers. Sounds like fun. There are many other opportunities, too, and Pastor Effrey and Darlington are working together on some new ideas.

In addition to the building project, we delivered a lot of medical supplies to Karunda Mission Hospital with Canadian Dr. Paul Thistle; to St Mary’s Hospital with Dr. Bandiki , and to local clinics in Wedza , Harare Hospital and Larch Home. Larch is home to handicapped children and adults. We also delivered to seniors’ homes around Harare. We provided tools, clothes, sewing supplies, school supplies, food supplies and much more to Chugutu, Harare, Bulawayo and to some local schools. Gleaners food was delivered to the prisoners after the riots and then to those impacted by the cyclone that devastated Beira and the eastern parts of Zimbabwe. We thank the Lord for strength and wisdom for all that was accomplished

Now, we are moving rapidly towards our annual garage sale and these funds will go towards turning another old barn in the same community into a school for grades 1 to 7. At present, many don’t go to school, especially the 6-year old children, because of the 10 to 15 km walk. Many travel hungry. These kids want to go to school!!!

If, as the garage sale advertisement suggests, you can volunteer your time for this event please contact me , if you are able to donate goods for the sale, drop off is on Friday April 26th and shopping is on Saturday the 27th. Even if you aren’t looking for anything, do come and enjoy a good hot-dog or hamburger with caramelized onions, or a nice bowl of pumpkin soup…yum! Tables for conversation will be available. I look forward to seeing you there!

Love and hugs, Sue

Zimbabwe Gecko Society Annual Garage Sale

Helping Support Needy Communities

Saturday April 27th, 2019

8 am - 2 pm

White Rock Baptist Church
1657 140th Street, Surrey, BC

How You Can Help:

Save your new or gently used items that you no longer need (no electronics or large furniture please).
Deliver them to the White Rock Baptist Church on Friday April 26th, between 2 pm and 8 pm
Deliver your refundable bottles or cans on Friday April 26th, between 2 pm and 8 pm, or during the sale on Saturday April 27th.
Help us by volunteering on either or both April 26th & 27th.
Pass the word on to your friends!

And be sure to come shopping

or just visit and enjoy some lunch

(hot dogs,hamburgers and pumpkin soup available) on

Saturday April 27th!!!

For further information, please contact:

Susan Janetti - zimbabwegecko@gmail.com (604-531-3654)
Marie Smith - gmariebeaudette@gmail.com

Thank you!!!

Bottle returns

Do you have refundable bottles, juice boxes, and cans cluttering your home space? The thought of sorting them all is making you procrastinate? If you would like an easy solution, you can bring them to the White Rock Return It Depot at 3221 140 St, S. Surrey. Just say you want the proceeds to go to account #41, and that's it! You just walk away and don't even have to sort them!

Thank you to all who have contributed to our account so far.

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