Nhimbe Preschool

Preschool Sponsorship

Greatest Need at the Nhimbe Preschool 
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Develop the  International Standards for the Preschool
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Background

The vision for the Nhimbe Preschool was kindled by a partnership with the Sundborn Montessori Children’s House in Albany, Oregon.  When Jaiaen and Sundborn’s founder, Karen Barton, discussed the work in Zimbabwe, Karen immediately saw a connection for her own school. A mutual friend had traveled with Jaiaen in November 2000 to the Nhimbe area and brought back stories and insights about the project. Karen had always had a vision to help her own preschool connect globally and the Nhimbe for Progress community had a very special place in its heart for a creche.

Funds were saved until the building could be started.  The very best concrete bricks were made on site.  The hut was built extra large and with a securely thatched extra-thick roof.  As children attended, teachers were hired, cooks also came on board and eventually an outside kitchen was built as the women were found cooking over open fires in the rain to be able to provide the daily meal.

A Meal A Day

This meal is prepared from the best ingredients considering as much variety as possible.  Most families eat sadza more than once a day and so efforts are made to supply the child with bread, peanut butter, rice, dried fish, and beans, for example, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden.  The garden and orchard have been developed from the ground up and utilize natural composting and basic permaculture concepts.

There is a well on site that has recently been upgraded to have a manual pump so that far more water is available for cooking, cleaning and gardening.  This was a gift from UNICEF in 2011.  Also earlier in the year the playground was upgraded by the J. F. Kapnek Charitable Trust.  Both organizations saw our efforts to bring a great preschool to this rural area, with limited funding.  Due to their generosity we have benefited from this facelift not only practically speaking, but also it has helped morale within the community.

International Standards Development

Currently the school is operated by a lead teacher trained by the Ministry of Education and two assistants also with basic preschool training.  Supplies and materials have been donated by Sundborn Children’s House since 2002 so that many things are available for the children.  We are in the process of saving to be able to send a teacher to training in Africa which would be a year long study.  For more information, see Sundborn Children’s House and Montessori Around the World.  Thank you for your support of our preschool!

Health Care

The preschool has the benefit of being a primary recipient of health services by our Donhodzo Health Center.  The children are quickly seen and cared for.  Within minutes any health concern can be addressed.  Both conventional as well as complementary alternatives are used to care for the child.