Monday, November 18, 2013

Visitors from Zimbabwe

A couple of weeks ago we had a visit from Dennis Gaboury and Tinashe from Zimkids Orphan Trust in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Dennis started the trust as a support community for children who have lost one or both parents to Aids. The children sew dolls which are offered for a small donation and the new owner receives a thank you note from the child who made the doll. All of the money goes to that child's home for the well being of that family unit.

There are 160 orphans at the Trust. The project has grown and now a donor has helped build a center for the kids where they can sew dolls, get tutoring and medical care. There is a huge garden, areas for teaching skills such as welding. They have an outdoor stage for performances too. There is a library. Tinashe helps Dennis with the project when he is back in the states.

Aliy and Tinashe pose with the two SP Kennel Huskys heading back to be with the kids in the orphanage in Zimbabwe.

Read more about the Zimkids Orphan Trust at


Lourdes, VT said...

How wonderful!!!

Anonymous said...


Imagine a special dog that looked like...ChaCha!!!

Could they make one? I'd buy it!!!

Thanks so much for the link to this fine organization!



Marilyn Cozzens said...

What great ambassadors you & Allen are Aliy. SP Kennel huskys going to Zimbabwe shows the global reach of SP Kennel. Such a wonderful opportunity to spread the world of mushing.

Gloria Slagle said...

Thanks, Aliy, Allen, Megan and Maura for the warm welcome to Dennis and Tinashe at your kennel. It was truly a highlight of their visit to Alaska! Thanks for spreading the word about Zimkids too. Those kids are loving seeing all the pictures of you and your place in Two Rivers and all the dogs. Gloria Slagle (your neighbor in Two Rivers and one of those on the Board of Advisors for Zimkids Orphan Trust)

Nessmuk said...

Wow....Zimbabwe! Global outreach indeed! Very cool and what a great organization!

Peter Shier said...

If you would like to see or have one of the dolls sewn by the kids, Dennis Gaboury left some dolls in Fairbanks which are available for purchase. If you are interested, e-mail Peter Shier: