Zara's Center has positive relationships within the local community. Community members regularly volunteer their time and donate items for the children. The Center invests in the wider community through resource sharing, outreach, and enrichment activities.
The Center has some of the only boreholes in the area and provides water to community members during shortages. During 2020, many Zimbabweans lacked continuous and affordable access to sufficient safe water. Zara's Center provided water at no cost to all in need. On many days, Zara distributed up to 5,200 gallons of water to 500+ community members.
In 2020, the Center converted to 100% solar power, eliminating the need for generator fuel and ensuring consistent electricity during frequent rolling blackouts. This has allowed us to have continuous internet without disruption in programs due to power blackouts. Solar power ensures that we can always access water from our boreholes.
Zara's Center is committed to making the community more beautiful by planting trees on the grounds and around the neighborhood each quarter.
Community members have access to Zara's extensive library with over 1500 titles and may check out books if they wish. The library also has all current public school textbooks and a copier with which to make copies to take home.
The Center offers the only high-speed internet and computer access in the area.
Zara's Center has shared its space with local community members in the past. Recently, a local teacher is using our space to prepare some of his students for their O levels. The school where he taught suddenly closed, leaving him with no way to finish preparing his students. The Center was happy to help.
Zara's kids regularly make efforts to uplift community members. For example, our marimba band performs at local homes for the elderly.
Executive Director, Gibson Connick, regularly meets with caregivers to discuss ways to improve the children's live.He provides guidance on wide-ranging topics, including school registration, birth certificate acquisition, and basic hygiene.