Mark and Dorcas Nicholson live in Zimbabwe and were deeply moved by the plight of children who had been orphaned, rejected or abandoned by their biological families. They opened their home and currently have 8 children in their care whose ages range from 6 to nearly 16
Our home for children is on-going.
In 2007 Mark Nicholson, originally from England, arrived in Bulawayo to to volunteer on a project established by the local church which involved working with destitute people. This is where he met Dorcas who was heading up the project at the time. They subsequently married in 2009.
From the outset Mark and Dorcas were deeply moved by the plight of children who had been orphaned, rejected or abandoned by their biological families.
Mark and Dorcas are committed to supporting their children physically and emotionally; being fully involved in their lives by encouraging them to discuss, interact, think and process life together; setting an example and teaching the children the ways of the Lord. They all live together in a 4 bedroom bungalow. Whilst crowded, they endeavour to provide a home that is a place of security and joy; where emotional and physical needs are met and unconditional love and acceptance abound.
Supporting their children physically and emotionally.
Activities» Nurturing the children by providing an environment of constant verbal support, freedom to fail, acceptance, affection, and unconditional love
» Providing a home which is a place of safety and security
» Ensuring children receive an education that will give them a strong foundation for their future
Watching the children grow into teenagers and adults able to sustain their own lives.
Supporting the community
Activities» Taking donated food to elderly ladies who are too infirm to sustain themselves
» Providing counseling to a home which looks after abused children
Seeing sustained change n the community, seeing positive change in the children at the children's home.
Teaching future leaders of Zimbabwe the best way to bring sustainable change by nurturing children - by providing an environment of constant verbal support, freedom to fail, acceptance, affection, and unconditional love
Ongoing political instability in Zimbabwe. Recently Bulawayo's experienced a sharp fall in living standards coinciding with the severe economic crisis affecting the country. It is the home to the strongest government opposition. Problems include poor investment and widespread unemployment. Water shortages due to lack of expansion in facilities and supplies have become steadily more acute since 1992.
Locally, the neighbourhood is aware of Rehoboth's work - they're appreciated and supported.
Budget - Project Cost: £25,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £25,000 Project Costs Core project costs - incl. food, clothing, medical
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Pledges, ongoing support £19,800 Guaranteed
Bulawayo (popn. 653,377) - 2nd largest city in Zimbabwe after Harare. Bulawayo has for the past 10 years seen a huge drop in service delivery & increased unemployment due to people leaving & seeking better prospects across the border. However, with the 2009 introduction of the multi-currency system a new approach is seen by investors in Bulawayo who admire the infrastructure & the huge workforce and future prospects are good - Bulawayo is set to contribute greatly to Zimbabwe's economy again.
Orphaned and abandoned children
Dorcas is a Zimbabwean and understands the culture, while Mark has the experience to ensure the children get the best foundation, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
They are committed and are fully involved in their children's lives by encouraging them to discuss, interact, think and process life together; setting an example and teaching and training the children in the ways of the Lord. They apply consistent, loving discipline so the children understand the reason for boundaries.
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