Project Relocation

Take Me Home Benefit CD Now On iTunes

Take Me Home Benefit CD Now On iTunes

Take Me Home is the sound of a resonating hope in four tracks. This collaboration album combines Zimbabwean whistle, Mozambican calypso, and full-bodied choral flair. Each song rings with a catchy melody, deep felt lyrics, and instrumental catch phrases that will keep you listening, and then repeating.

Celebrate Young's alternative pulse, strong themes and catchy choruses teams up with Tembalami's bold and daring pipes, and Celebration Choir's gospel edge.

Pleasant Places (aka The Whistle Song) rings with Jon Deuschle’s joyous and unmistakable hook and lyrics that makes every day feel like New Years Day.

100% of this exclusive benefit CD goes towards Project Relocation—an initiative with celebrate.org to help improve the lives of orphans in Zimbabwe.

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PROJECT RELOCATION: MOVING CELEBRATED KIDS TO CLUSTER HOME DEVELOPMENT

The vision of caring for destitute children was birthed in the early 80’s as the nation began to face financial hardships, the effects of the breakdown of the traditional extended family structure and what became known as urban drift (the migration of rural folk into the cities). This urban drift pressurized many women to begin to abandon their babies.

We also experienced the first wave of deaths caused by the HIV/AIDS pandemic that would later ravage the adult population of the nation, as between one in 4 or 5 of the entire population was eventually diagnosed with the disease.

It was during this time that we formed the social outreach arm of the church, Compassion Ministries.

Compassion Ministries carried out relief work with the refugees pouring across the border from Mozambique as well as resettling hundreds of destitute, who had been living on the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe's capital city.

As Compassion Ministries began its work with orphans, the “orphanage model” was the accepted national prototype and was deemed the most cost-effective way to address the problem, which was now at epidemic proportions.

We built dormitory-styled homes in a rural, farm setting, with education facilities on the farm and a high school within walking distance—by African standards. With the care of the church and a generous farmer who donated the land, we have seen a whole crew of children grow up and enter into meaningful lives in the mainstream of society.

As world agencies began to do research and studies, different and better models of orphan care were introduced to government, and to all of those who had engaged in care of the children.

This culminated in laws and regulations being passed by the Government of Zimbabwe known as the National Minimum Child Residential Care Standards five-year policy framework. This is a prerequisite for all children's homes and orphanages to shift to cluster homes.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Services (MoLSS) through the Children’s Act 5:06 “…has the statutory mandate to place children found in need of care into places of safety, which serves as temporal homes for them, where children can access basic services.” The MoLSS extends to the registering and monitoring of all residential care institutions in Zimbabwe for compliance with regulations regarding child protection and development while in institutions.

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Introducing Project Relocation

In light of this, we are endeavoring to do two things:

  1. Relocate all of our children from the two locations in the country, where they are currently in dormitory-styled care centers to cluster home-styled housing units in the city, near the church and the school.
  2. Raise the funding to build the new cluster homes that will facilitate house parents and 5 children (at most 6) per home.

Initially, we are endeavoring to raise $1.25 million US dollars. The cost of the clusters have been calculated at a per square meter rate of $700 per square meter, which is the current cost of building in Zimbabwe. The cost of a double unit would be roughly $250,000.

In total, we will build five double units cluster homes on land that has been donated for the orphans within walking distance of the Celebration Church and Celebration International School.

Our team is mobilizing businesses; corporations, NGO’s, friends, churches, and individuals to contribute to the home for our Celebrated Children, by giving towards this worthy cause.

The Climb To 60, The Climb To 19,341 feet

Along with entrepreneurs, business leaders, and friends, part of our leadership team set their sites on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for these kids.

Pastor Tom Deuschle and team made the climb up Kilimanjaro—"the roof of Africa"— as part of his 60th birthday celebration.

We believe that this will help leave a legacy and a heritage for the children for generations to come.

The story of the climb spread across the nation and we raised enough funding the secure the plot of land for the home development and currently have $100,000 USD designated directly to the building costs of the project.

In all, we will be able to house 60 celebrated children in home style settings, this will make a world of difference in the lives of the children that we are able to embrace.

As part of our climb, we documented the climb and produced a film about the cause. This film is showing in theaters in Zimbabwe and once distributed in theaters, will be posted online.

For more instructions on how to give, click here.

To view the full 42 minute documentary, click here.