IMC Project Updates

April 2022 Zimpeto Child Reintegration Program Update

Reintegration remains the primary focus of the children’s centre. The aim to reunite children with families is the end goal for all of the children we accept into the centre. When a child is accepted to live with us, we ensure that family ties are maintained whenever and wherever possible, by enabling children to go home for at least a weekend now and again, or even for part of their school holidays. This may require that families contribute by providing food, clothing, or bedding.

April 2022 Zimpeto University Education Program Update

Iris Zimpeto currently has more than 30 students studying at University. This is miraculous after so many years of only having the funds to offer a regular school on base (JK-Grade 12).

One of the students studying at University and supported by IMC is Ivan de Orlando. Ivan has lived at the Zimpeto base since 2001, when he was dropped at the centre, mistreated by his stepfather. He was weak and malnourished, and the doctors said he would never walk and that because of his condition, he would always be slow academically.

Zimpeto University Education Program

Iris Zimpeto operates a school on base that educates youth from kindergarten through grade 12. There are currently 710 primary students and 740 secondary students. The majority come from extremely poor backgrounds. Education is what affords hope and change for their future.

Many do not finish high school because of the many hardships they face. Others go on to learn skilled trades, the carpentry and sewing programs being examples of this. Many others have both the capability and desire to attend university.

October 2021 Iris Malawi Update

Family dynamics are continually changing, especially when your family includes 60 young adults. We have seven family homes on our base, including one home for young women who will soon be moving on to independence. Each family has joy and sadness, laughter and tears, depending on the day and the coming and going of young adults.

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