The Children of Montgomery Heights
....and how you can make a difference in their lives
We are raising funds for Montgomery
home for orphaned and destitute children in northern Zimbabwe, where
Silke spent and helped out for several months (please read
Right now (12th September 2007) our
barometer is at
(~ USD 1,617.05)
How can you help, too?
If you want to make a donation, please send us an e-mail (), so that we
give you the details of our bank account (which we don't want
to publish here for understandable reasons) and from where we will
forward it to Montgomery Heights by various means.
Can't I send or transfer the
money directly to Zimbabwe? Why your bank account?
Sending a cheque by mail is not a good idea, as
it will most certainly not reach its recipients. If the money was
transferred to Montgomery's bank account in Zimbabwe it would
immediately be converted into Zimbabwe dollars. But right now the
inflation rate is at 1,700% and some economists believe it will rise to
somewhere between 4,000% and 20,000% by the end of this year. This
means that your money starts losing value by the moment it
arrives. So that's not a good idea either!
By the way: As it is
quite expensive to print these notes, the back is simply
Therefore we use different means of getting it
there. Here you can find proof
that these are working. If you want to
know how or if you need a confirmation that we are bona fide fund
raisers, please send us an e-mail. We will then give you the contacts
Lesley Marshall and the American co-directors of Montgomery Heights.
We know, all this sounds a bit complicated, but as
you can see, we are
no professional charity organisation :-). Nevertheless we will make
sure that your donation reaches the recipients.
and every single cent will
benefit the children!
You can be sure that Lesley Marshall, who is directing Montgomery
Heights and responsible for all financial matters, will receive every
cent that we collect. As she always does, she will plan and check every
purchase carefully. None of the donations will be spent on
administration, but for food, clothing, school material etc..
Please remember: if many give a little bit, the
over-all result will be
amazing. Ok, you might think: "What can 5 Euros do, or a handful of
pounds, dollars etc.?" Right, you can hardly go to the cinema
for that at home. But how easily can we do without that just once, or
without buying a sandwich and a cup of coffee at the train station on
the way to work - and instead do some good with that money?
THANK YOU for every (!) donation - you
are making a wonderful and
grateful bunch of children very happy with it!
Does it have to be money? Why don't you
take donations in kind?
We are often asked why we do not take donations in kind. There are
different reasons. The most important one is the transport
can get many things cheap or even for free, but the transport to
Zimbabwe would cost a fortune. And unfortunately we don't have
that much space in our panniers to take care of the delivery ourselves
Additionally, the Montgomery family is in dire
need of staple food,
material, fuel etc. – so money is the only help that makes
sense, because they can decide best what they need most urgently on a
Should you have further questions
donations or Montgomery Heights, again :-) please send us an e-mail
But now let's continue with some facts
about the children's home:
Who or what exactly is this "Montgomery
Montgomery Heights is a home for orphaned, abused
or abandoned children under the direction of "Voice of Triumph
Ministries", a nondenominational Christian ministry.
The home lies in a very rural area of Zimbabwe. It
has been primarily
supported by the local community. Due to the local demographic and
national economic changes of recent years (many farmers who supported
Montgomery in the past had to leave the area) there is an increasing
need for overseas financial support.
How many children
how do they get there?
Montgomery Heights is run as far as possible on a
family pattern, rather than as an institution, and is first and
foremost a Christian home. The home is registered with the Zimbabwean
Department of Social Welfare to house up to 60 children and all of them
through the Department. That is why they are
supported by Social Welfare, but what they get per
child per month would not even buy 2 loaves of bread at
There are four separate houses for the resident
children. Three of
these function as family units with live in house parents, one for
children of approx. 4 - 7, one for the older boys and one for the older
girls. The fourth house is a special baby unit providing places for
approx. 12 abandoned and HIV+ babies and toddlers up to the age of 3 -
4 years. The children in this unit are cared for by staff who work a
shift system under the management of the resident nurse.
Is there a school nearby?
No, and therefore all children of school age are
visiting Montgomery's own school, the so called
learning-center and study according to a special individualised program
which begins at preschool level. For the older children there is an
extension facility, the Christian High School and College in Harare
(Christ Ministries College), where, depending upon their academic
ability, they are able to pursue both academic and practical courses.
While studying there, they stay with foster parents and only come home
during the holidays.
And who is in charge of Montgomery?
home is under the
directorship of Voice of Triumph Ministries' co-director in Zimbabwe,
Miss Lesley Marshall, B.Ed.,
M.R.E. from England. She is assisted by a
full time team of national staff and a missionary nurse. Several
the local community also give help on a voluntary part-time basis
can: be it in Sunday school, art lessons, by repairing and altering
Last but not least...
are weekly church
services in both English and Shona (the main local language) held at
which are attended by members of the local community as well as the
children who live at Montgomery. There are also a number of
outreach works from the home into the community.
many of the children
this is the only home that they know and they often keep contact to
"parents", "sisters" and "brothers" and come back
to visit in later years (due to legal restrictions they are only able
at Montgomery until they turn 18 or until they have finished their
education). And this, along with the love and joy that these
all over the place, is one of the most satisfying rewards for the
work and live here.
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