zimbabwe gecko society

In this newsletter:

 - Susan, Frank, and the team are back from Zimbabwe!

- Photos from Zimbabwe

- Annual Garage Sale - Saturday, May 20th

- Annual Dinner - Saturday, October 21st


Susan, Frank, and the team are back from Zimbabwe!

Dear Friends and supporters of the Zimbabwe Gecko Society

After three months of rain, mud, little electricity, and no drinking water from the taps, we are home from Zimbabwe.   Frank, Liz, Harry, and Ross returned after 6 weeks and I stayed on until April.   There were of course some negatives and very difficult days along with tired muscles, but after looking through the photos taken, it is obvious that all the hard work has certainly paid off.  

Liz and I distributed the equivalent of 4000 2’x2’x2’ boxes of much needed medical supplies to Clinics and Hospitals.  We also distributed enough clothing to have run a 2nd hand store for a year or two, along with shoes, bikes, tools, bedding, school supplies, computers, sewing machines, and fabric, to mention just a few items. What joy was reflected on many faces as they received their gifts.  

The main projects for this trip were the conversions of two containers into a carpentry workshop, a sewing center, sleeping quarters, as well as a 20’x40’ covered space nestled in between to accommodate those taking courses in farming, midwifery, first aid, and any other number of courses that inspire self-sufficiency, as well preschool and church facilities. 

Ross, Harry, Frank, along with some local folk should certainly be proud of the Wedza Community Center that they built for the benefit of the whole community. Local MPs were completely taken by surprise with the possibilities of the project when they saw it on opening day. They will work with us and achieve much.   

The other big project was upgrading our newly built Wellness Center by digging a well and installing a water tank and electricity, all of which will ease the local midwife Sibo’s task of delivering babies at night. There is also a nurse that works one day per week for the more seriously ill.  We hope to increase this service to three days per week at the cost of $300 per month. You would be amazed at some of the stories of untreated people in the area. 

We were also joined by a Canadian medical team of 15 people. Dr. Ray Markham and a team consisting of doctors, 4th year medical students, and nurses arrived in March to perform their magic. They worked for 5 weeks in ours and other local clinics, and at Karunda Hospital. Their experiences will benefit them in their medical careers. Opportunities to serve were daily and often the experiences were overwhelming.  I doubt anyone returned home unchanged.  One doctor, after experiencing the extreme poverty, sickness, and death left behind every possession he had with him:  his clothing, iPhone, shoes, backpack, etc.   He basically returned with only the clothes on his back, such were the needs he witnessed. 

We also distributed much needed gifts for our ongoing programs: Saffron, Kintyre and Sunbird schools, sewing programs, CTT school, as well as many of our other programs.

I am available to share these stories and pictures at your church, in your home with a group of friends, at your club, or your work place. If you are interested, please contact me via email at zimbabwegecko@gmail.com 

We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Fundraising Garage sale next month. If you have items or time to donate, feel free to drop off goods on Friday, May 19th and/or to come on Saturday the 20th to shop, have some lunch, or just to say hi (see below for details).

We are also excited to seeing you and sharing more pictures and stories at our Annual Dinner on October 21st (see below for details). 

Thank you as always for your prayers. May God be Glorified through our efforts.


Sue and Frank


Photos from Zimbabwe

Wedza Community Center: Almost ready for the grand opening. The area between the 2 containers was roofed and concrete poured on the ground.


Opening day at Wedza: Counselor Lawrence of Wedza, Susan, the Hon. David Musabayana, MP, and a Chief in Wedza about to cut the ribbon.

Our hard workers: Harry and Ross McClelland,  with the Hon. David Musabayana, MP, and a Chief of Wedza.



Thrilled that they can see. The glasses may not fit them perfectly, but they are happy!




Glorious moment. Happy to receive a dress from the new ladies' sewing group

Celebration at Fells school. Gifts given out by Frank, Sue, and Liz.


2017 Annual Garage Sale

Helping Support Needy Communities

Saturday May 20, 2017

8 am - 2 pm

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

We are getting ready for our annual garage sale, which gets bigger and better every year! Please help us out, if you can, by donating items or by volunteering. 100% of the money raised will  go towards our awesome programs that help those in need in Zimbabwe!

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 May 19th, between 3 pm and 8 pm.

• Help us by volunteering on  May 19th and 20st (contact Susan or Marie - see info below).

• Pass the word on to your friends!

And be sure to come shopping

or just visit and enjoy some lunch on

Saturday May 20th!


For further information please contact:                                           

Susan Janetti (Sue is in Zimbabwe until the end of March) at zimbabwegecko@gmail.com   (604) 531-3654


Marie Smith at  gmariebeaudette@gmail.com



ANNUAL DINNER - Saturday, Oct 21st - WRBC

 Once again we look forward to sharing with you all that was accomplished in Zimbabwe in the first 3 months of 2017. We want to share with you our challenges and victories.

We will give you more information as we get closer to the date. For the time being, mark your calendars!


Thank-You for your support!

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