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At the beginning of November Michael Hoppe traveled to our new project country Zimbabwe. During the multi-day trip, he visited communities around the Mutasa and Mutare regions. Together with our partner foundation Help with a plan We started our collaboration there for the next three years at the beginning of August 2017. The aim of the projects is to support children from an early age, to create income and food security for families and to improve children's health. Four so-called ECCD centers (Early Childhood Care and Development) are established in the two communities. There children between three and six years receive the early childhood education that is so important for them.

45.000 building blocks for one of these centers have already been burned in the village of Chigombwe near Mutare by the inhabitants in self-made ovens - as Mushanty, who is responsible for the village community, proudly presented.

That also impressed steps founder Michael Hoppe, who was positively impressed by the commitment and willingness to act. In exchange with the project partner and the members of the communities, he imparted his 12 years of experience from the steps projects in Namibia. As a former entrepreneur, he pursues the goal of making social projects independent of donations one day. This means creating opportunities for people to generate income themselves and thereby finance social projects. He discussed with the members of the communities what these income-generating measures could look like and how they are already being implemented, using the concrete example of a fish pond.

With the new partner project, our two organizations are transferring know-how that will benefit the people of Zimbabwe. We are making an important contribution to the empowerment of 1.500 children and families in the country.

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