"Mikana" means “Chances” in Shona, the language spoken by 80% of the people in Zimbabwe. Mikana is the perfect word to describe our project – we want to provide children with the education they need for a happy and prosperous life and enable them to recognize and pursue opportunities in their life.
The project is situated in a remote area about 30 km outside of Guruve, a county capital in the north of Zimbabwe. The villages in that region do not have running water or power and strongly rely on agriculture. Prolonged droughts in recent years destroyed the livelihood of many families and worsened the poverty in a country that has been politically and economically instable for decades. One of the key approaches to battle poverty is education, but even so much as elementary school education is hard to come by in this region.
There are four villages in the area but no schools, that is why we decided to build a school that is easily accessible for all children of the villages. We found an existing building in the area that was originally designed as a daycare but had been sitting vacant for years due to a lack of funds to pay for teachers. We started some initial repair work on the building in November 2017 and added outhouses. We replaced broken windows and doors and bought tables, chairs, chalkboards and other school supplies. The Manyon’onya infant school
opened in January 2018. Today, there are approximately 190 children attending daily, accommodated in three Pre-classes and one 1st grade and 2nd grade class. The goal is to offer education to all infants in the region. But currently, we do not have enough space to accommodate all pupils. We are currently focusing on raising funds for additional school buildings and furniture. The bricks are being produced by the villagers.
With our strong personal involvements and travels to Zimbabwe we can ensure that all money is invested and put to best use in the project. A close friend of ours is the onsite lead for the project and lives in the village. This truly is a project that is close to our heart and fills our hearts with gratitude and the “Mikana” feeling.
The Mikana e.V (nonprofit organization) has the following account set up for donations:
IBAN: DE46 2179 1805 0000 1640 03
On our webside
you can find additional information: www.mikana-info.org
Your donation can make you a part of our team! Together we have the opportunity to support an area that is hoping and ready for help!
Your Mikana Team