"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. In January 2018 we openend our preschool with 71 enrolled students! In January 2019 we welcomed grade one in our school. By now, around 100 pupils are visiting our school. The preschool teachers are getting paid by the parents. Starting in first grade the government is paying the teacher salary. The school initially opened as a so called Infant School providing a preschool as well as first and second grade. We built a teacher house on the ground. In order to enroll our second grade students we need to build a second building with two additionalnclassroomes. Water for the building process will be provided by the villagers of the region. They will also engage in easy building taks. But for everything else we rely on donations.
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
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