In the summer of 2011 The Zoe Trust embarked on a daunting adventure to relocate an orphanage from its rural, unsafe location to a safe central location near the centre of town. Not only did we aim to improve the location but we hoped to create houses that could provide the children with light, running water and a solid house that they could call their home. This has been a tricky project and we could not have done it without the amazing support we have received from Palmer Park Velo cycling club, Bath University Triathlon Club, and Shine Communications, which together with the individual fundraising efforts of our trustees, raised the money required for the first of 3 houses. The Australian embassy in Geneva and Pretoria generously financed the building of the second and third houses. All in all, we raised over £66,000 for this project.
Finally this week, one year after Mandela’s death, the last house of children moved into their new home. As a result the three houses are now full and the children are ready to embark on their life together as a family in their new home. The Zoe Trust has also helped build a climbing frame for the children and is funding an all-purpose concrete pitch to be laid after Christmas. As you can imagine the children are thrilled and the atmosphere in the new home is one of love, joy and happiness.