The Sidinda Health Clinic Project
Sidinda is a small tribunal community located in rural Zimbabwe. It is dependent on subsistence farming in a ravaged economy with 90% unemployment. The Sidinda Health Clinic was built and completed in December 2012 to accommodate a population of 5,000 community-members. Prior to the construction of the clinic, the community had to walk 25 Kilometers to receive medical support. Alongside the Clinic is the Sidinda Primary School which is responsible for 120 school-children under the supervision of 1 teacher and 2 volunteers. They are the only substantial buildings for the village.
Clunes resident Michelle Leishman and her daughter Ellen have been fundraising for Zimbabwe for 18 years. When they inherited the rural Sidinda Health Clinic, a not-for-profit organisation in Zimbabwe in 2005, it was a shell. Today, the clinic is responsible for the medical needs of 5000 people.
Michelle and Ellen are the only financial support the Sidinda Health Clinic receives currently, with the government failing to pay the Nurse’s wage and medical supplies dwindling. Their fundraising efforts concentrate on the promotion of adequate healthcare facilities and they are also turning their attention towards the Sidinda Primary School.
Go to Sidinda Health Clinic Zimbabwe Africa for more information.
The Red Door Gallery [on fraser] is proud to support Michelle and Ellen with their fundraising initiatives by selling the locally handmade products produced by the local community of Sidinda. We aim to stock the beautifully crafted homewares including cushions, linen and basket ware that have been made by the women in the villages of the region. Michelle and Ellen will bring back new work from Sidinda on their return from Zimbabwe and the Red Door Gallery [on fraser] will be to sole outlet in our region for these exquisite products.
All proceeds from the sales of the items in the gallery go directly back to the community and the current focus is the purchase of sewing machines and fabrics so that the local women can make and create practical items needed in their homes, community buildings and also to sell.