An after-school safe haven for orphans and vulnerable children in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Founded 2007

Zara's Center Newsletter
May 2018
Update From Our Director

Dear Friends of Zara’s Center,

The past two months have been an exciting time for the Center. After nearly three years of planning and waiting, we officially began developing five acres (20,000 sq. meters) adjacent to our existing facility for our new agriculture program. The program will provide life-skills training to our children and allow the Center to become more self-sustainable by producing fruits and vegetables in abundance.

The first steps have been completed, including successfully sinking two boreholes, which will provide ample water for the program. I have included a video below of the moment we found water on the new land. The entire project was contingent on available water, so it was especially exciting when we finally struck water!

Once our drip irrigation system in installed in late 2018, the children, staff, and caregivers will work together to plant an extensive vegetable garden and approximately 80 trees of various types to provide fruit for the children and community. Eventually, we hope to begin a small poultry operation which will help the Center become even more self-sustainable. 

I hope you enjoy the recent photos and updates below. We are so grateful for your ongoing support for Zara's Center. Without your generosity, we would be unable to undertake such a major project that will transform the lives of the children and their families.


Gibson Connick
Executive Director, Zara’s Center

Recent Photos & Video
Zara's Field Officer, Mr. Siniko Ndhlovu (pictured in red), poses for a photo after the boreholes were successfully drilled on the new land.
Older children prepping fruits and vegetables for weekly smoothies

Younger children creating hand made thank you cards for Zara's Center donors

Zara’s is very proud of Nomalanga N., who won the silver and gold medals in the 800m and 1500m races in her school district. Well done!

Dalia Cohen (Zara's Board Member) took this beautiful photo of two best friends during her visit to the Center.
Click above to see a video of the moment Zara's staff successfully found water on the new land. Everyone was very excited.
Zara's children and staff were so pleased to welcome Dalia Cohen (Zara's Board Member) for a visit in April.
Young artists posing with their artwork on a beautiful day.

Children hard at work on their art projects
The children completed a lesson called “the art of transformation” as part of the Lalela Project They enjoyed planting seeds and watching the transformation from seed to plant. They then used their observations as they practiced transforming one shape into another in their artwork.
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Zara's Center is supported by the PG Family Foundation. The Foundation was officially incorporated as The Jonathan Plutzik and Lesley Goldwasser Family Foundation in the State of NY. The Foundation is a designated charitable entity as described in U.S. Tax Code Section 501(c)(3). The Center is registered as a Charitable Trust in Zimbabwe.  Registered as "Zara's Centre Trust" (Registered Trust: MA137/2007)
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