Zara's Connection Club

Zara's Connection Club (ZCC) was founded by Jenna Brown, a student at Riverdale Country School in NY.


ZCC has three goals: 

  1. To educate members of the community about Zimbabwe's history and current events in the country.

  2. To establish connections (via video and email) between Riverdale students and young adults at Zara's Center (and at other schools/community centers in Zimbabwe as the project grows).

  3. To raise funds and gather donations of most-needed items to send to Zara's Center.

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Recent Projects

November 2021

ZCC gathered donated items worth a total of over $1,400 for the Center. 


  • 40 Water Bottles

  • 6 Colored Pencil Packs (240 ct each)

  • 16 Packs of Crayons (24 ct)

  • 140 Paint Brushes

  • 36 Paint Watercolor Sets

  • 2 Packs of Construction Paper (500 ct)

  • 6 Packs of Pencils (150 ct each)

  • 54 Notebooks

  • 2 Soccer Balls


  • 10 Pairs of Sneakers

  • 20 Reusable Bags

  • 36 Pairs of Socks


  • 96 Tubes of Toothpaste

  • 48 Toothbrushes

  • 24 Washcloths

  • 72 Tubes of Chapstick

  • 12 Jars of Vaseline

  • 50 Bars of Soap

  • 15 Reusable Masks

May 2021

ZCC gathered donated items worth a total of $845 for the children at Zara's Center. 


  • 100+ Books

  • 24 packs of playing cards

  • 10 pairs of headphones

  • 4 soccer balls

  • 1 Pack of Construction Paper

  • 1 box of Colored Pencils


  • 50 Winter Hats

  • 36 Pairs of Gloves

  • 7 Pairs of Socks

  • 6 Sweatshirts/Sweaters

  • 3 Winter coats

  • 3 Winter vests

  • 2 Pairs of shoes


  • 224 Toothbrushes

  • 48 bottles of hand sanitizer

  • 24 Tubes of Toothpaste

  • 24 bars of soap

Recent Guest Speakers

Martin Ganda

November 15, 2021 (Zoom)


Martin Ganda is the co-author of I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives 


"In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends—and better people—through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it."

Martin was born in Zimbabwe and is now an African focused Advisor and Investor. He started his career at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in New York. Martin graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with dual degrees in Mathematics and Economics.

Kids showing off their new shoes and posing for a thank you photo.

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Kids showing off their donated masks

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Trying on the new shoes

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Kids showing off their new shoes and posing for a thank you photo.

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November 2020

ZCC created an Amazon wish list for Zara's Center and encouraged members of their school and extended community to purchase items. The initiative provided 59 pairs of new shoes and 126 reusable masks for our kids. The items were valued at over $1,450.