Dr. Jabulani Mudenda (Zimbabwe) visited East White Oak Bible Church in Carlock, IL and told of the growing orphan crisis in his country. At the time of his visit, Zimbabwe had the highest percentage of orphans in the world.
After exchanging letters with teenagers at an orphanage in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, the East White Oak Bible Church youth group began sending monthly support to that orphanage.
A strategy was discussed that would move children out of orphanages and into families. Two Zimbabwean families received girls into their home and the “Empty the Orphanage” idea was born.
A piece of land in Binga, Zimbabwe was acquired for the purpose of building a transition house for homeless orphans. The transition house, to be named the New Hope Home, will be used as a starting point for orphans and street children to be placed into Christian families.
Empty the Orphanage Ministry assembled a board of directors and filed for 501(c)3 non-profit status. Preliminary construction has begun on the New Hope Home in Binga (check our blog for updates).