The Matthew Rusike Organisation (MRO) cares for up to 145 residential children in Epworth and is setting up Childcare Resource Centres (CRCs) in Districts across the country, staffed by volunteers and trained by MRCH staff. These centres support almost 7000 vulnerable children in the local communities.
There has been no Government help for the Home since 2002. The Friends of MRCH now contribute a substantial amount of the daily running costs of the Home. US$6,000 are now regularly sent to the Home every 3-4 weeks.
Any support you can provide will directly benefit the children at the Home and the childcare support projects in the communities. For example:
- £2 will care for a child for a day
- £4 will provide medical care for a chronically ill child for a month
- £5 will buy a child’s school uniform (they cannot attend school without it)
- £20 will feed a family group for a week
- £35 will keep a young person in vocational training for a month
- £50 will pay one child’s school fees for a term
- £100 will pay for a much needed operation
- £170 will pay one staff member’s salary for a month
Funds sent to the Home by FoMRCH cover particular needs:
- Food: the children live on a limited diet. Your donations could help add protein, fruit and vegetables
- Clothing: in particular school uniforms. Children are not allowed to attend school without them. These are made on site by the tailoring department.
- Medical care: even basic medicines are out of their reach, 11 children now receive free anti retroviral treatment for HIV/Aids. In September 2008 an 8 year old boy was diagnosed with cancer of the brain and urgently needed an operation. We were able to send US$2000 immediately to pay for treatment, the surgeon and nurses. He later needed a second operation which we were also able to send money for but he later died. Thank you to those people who sent donations to FoMRCH
- Extra staff: There are now 50 staff working for the MRCH Organisation, some covering the Community Childcare programmes in Harare, Gweru, Bulawayo and Chinoyi Districts. The extra staffing means that Care staff are able to have some time off to be with their own families