Who are we?

Midlands Children Hope Project consist of a board with three members, Thomas Nordberg, Anita Svendheim and Lene Tollefsen Rodegård. They all started out like volunteers and fell in love with the children and the country. When returning home they felt like they had to do something. Anita and Thomas therefore created the norwegian organization, Midlands Children Hope Project, which Lene joined when she volunteered a year later. 

We also have two amazing group leaders, who is helping us coordinate and control all our income generating projects and fundraising events. Ida Johanne Christoffersen is our project coordinator, while Kaia Nygaard Omland is responsible for our sponsorship program. 

The organizations work has grown to become bigger and bigger every year. Today, the organization has sponsors from eight different countries on three different continents. The sponsors gives a donation of their own choice every month. 100% of these donations go directly to the project in Zimbabwe, as our administrative expenses are covered by the board members themselves or other people involved. We also put up a wide range of fundraising events every year together with dedicated and passionate people from all around the world. Over the last few years we have had waffle sales, charity marathons and first aid lessons to generate funds for the orphanage. The organization’s biggest event is “Nesbyen Gir Tilbake”, where the inhabitants of Nesbyen, Norway, are invited to a rubber duck race, concerts and a small market to fundraise for the street children.

Zimbabwe is a country in Sub Saharan Africa, bordering to South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia. In a matter of a few decades, Zimbabwe has gone from being the breadbasket of Africa, to become a country with large political, economical and social instability. The difficult situation in the country have affected the most vulnerable in the society the most; the children. This especially due to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, which left one out of four children orphaned. As a result, you can find many children in the streets. The boys are often used by the police to perform criminal actions, while the girls are owned by illegal miners. To make the whole situation worse, it is today illegal to be a street child in Zimbabwe.