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Zimkids Reps Speak at Southampton

5th graders heard from Zimbabwe native Tinashe Basa, director of Zimkids Orphan Trust


Southampton Intermediate School recently hosted two representatives from Zimkids Orphan Trust. The assembly provided students with a glimpse into a very different culture and way of life for children on the other side of the globe.

The students heard from Zimkids founder Dennis Gaboury and director Tinashe Basa. Basa, who was once an orphan in Zimbabwe himself, spoke of his childhood and the mission of Zimkids, which teaches orphans self-sufficiency while providing them with education, medicine, food and clothing.

Basa and Gaboury also showed the students a collection of dolls and sculptures handcrafted by the Zimbabwe students. Each piece of the collection is on display at Southampton Intermediate School and features a brief biography and photo of its creator. As part of a fundraiser for Zimkids, dolls can be purchased with a donation of $30 each; sculptures for $40 each. Cash or check made out to Zimkids Orphan Foundation will be accepted by Amy Lester at the school.