TRAPPERS TRAIL 10thedition - 2009-2018
The world's northernmost sled dog race
This year all sponsors for Longyearbyen Hundeklubbs sled dog race "Trappers Trail" are encouraged to donate their contribution to the
Trappers Trail 2018 fund raising project: Midlands Children Hope Project (MCHP).
Left: Longyerbyen Hundeklubb member Hildegunn at work in MCHP project in Zimbabwe. Right: Trappers Trail 2017
Midlands Children Hope Project is a non-profit charity organization that is working to create a better and sustainable future
for youth in Gweru, Zimbabwe. They have their own sponsors who is covering their administrative expenses,
so that your donation will go directly to the project - the children and their families! All board members this organization
are Norwegian, but the organisation have sponsors from all around the world. So far there are 2 childrens' homes,
55 schoolchildren, 10 HOPE-families, 2 HOPE-girls, 60 HOPE class students and so much more being sponsored by MCHP.
The HOPE-families project
The HOPE-families is a newly released project that aims to help the vulnerable families to create a better future for themselves.
More than 72% of Zimbabwes population is living in extreme poverty. The idea of this program came after visiting one family
living in the outskirts of Gweru. They first got to know them when Lene and one of our MCHP-sponsors, Therese, visited in 2015.
The view that met them was this mud hut - where 9 people lived. They had no food, only bad clothes, and the kids had big open
wounds on their body because of bad hygiene. Through this project, the HOPE-families gets a start loan of 1700NOK to start
their own businesses. In 2017 they started out with 10 HOPE-families. MCHP covered their schildrens school fees, and gave
the families a start up kit consisting of food, soap and other essentials, as well as the startloan to start their own income generating projects.
So far the program has been 100 % successfull, and all the families have improved their living conditions,
all by themselves - just by being given a chance to start up. In 2018 they want to expand the program to 30 HOPE-families!
Zimbabwe is a country in Sub Saharan Africa. In a matter of a few decades, Zimbabwe has gone from being the breadbasket of Africa, to become a country with large political, economic and social instability. The difficult situation in the country have affected the most vulnerable in the society the most; the children. This especially due to the HIV and AIDS epidemic, which left one out of four children orphaned. As a result, you can find many children in the streets. The boys are often used by the police to perform criminal actions, while the girls are owned by illegal miners. To make the whole situation worse, it is today illegal to be a street child in Zimbabwe.
You can find out more about the organisation on: www.hopeproject