We are the Dream Holders for children in Zimbabwe

Two Service Retreats in 2017: May 19-26 and October 28-November 4

House of Loveness, Zimbabwe A Project of Other Projects

2017 House of Loveness Projects

If you donate for a specific item, please add the item info in the comments section when you complete the donation form. All amounts are appreciated. Keep your donation receipt (emailed upon donation) for tax purposes. And please consider joining us in Zimbabwe someday! There are two upcoming retreats in 2017 (details below).

$33 Provides one new uniform and shoes for local school children. In 2016, we provided new uniforms for 140 boys and girls at Numwa School. In 2017, we would like to double our gift. All the uniforms are sewn by the local Women Empowerment Group.

"The support came at a time when it was least expected yet greatly needed. Some of the pupils were coming to school without uniforms while others with tattered ones. We would like you to know that by buying uniforms from our support group, you gave us a lot of financial support which we greatly value."

Numwa Mother Support Group.

Brighton, 2015

$3,333 Annual tuition and support for Brighton to go to private boarding school. Betsy Blankenbaker met Brighton in 2010. Both of his parents died by the time he was five. Brighton's days were spent looking after his grandfather. He had never been to school. With his grandfather's blessings Betsy enrolled Brighton in school. He walked into a classroom for the first time at the age of eight and within three years, he earned a place at a private boarding school in Zimbabwe. For the past two years Brighton has won awards for outstanding academic performance and is now #2 in his class. Every year, with a Circle of Global Aunties, House of Loveness makes it possible for Brighton to continue his education. Thank you to Brighton's Circle of Aunties who make his education possible by supporting this annual fund.

$40,000 Build two class rooms for the lower school children at Numwa School in Wedza. Currently 160 children share one classroom that only accommodates 30 students.

House of Loveness was created in 2008 by filmmaker/writer Betsy Blankenbaker to provide emergency and longterm care for vulnerable children and animals in Zimbabwe. (House of Loveness is NOT an orphanage.)

In 2015, House of Loveness teamed with Qoya (www.qoya.love/retreats) and the participants on the 2015 Qoya Service & Safari Retreat to fund a solar-powered library in Wedza. The library was completed with generous finishing funds donation by House of Loveness hero, Briana Rose. In 2016, the 4th annual Qoya Service & Safari Retreat provided funding for installation of a computer lab in the library. Thomas McKinnon of Roanoke, Virginia generously donated his resources and time to make the lab a dream come true.

Librarian Tonya, Thomas Mckinnon and Charles during computer lab installation in October 2016

Thank you for bringing books and technology to one of our beloved spots in Zimbabwe. And, please come visit the library (and Zimbabwe) someday.

Please join us for two service retreat options in 2017

"It was an amazing, heart opening, inspirational journey."

May 19-26th Mother Africa: Birthing A New Vision with Qoya Teachers Lindsay McKinnon and Elan Vital McAllister. Optional Add-on to Victoria Falls May 26-28th

October 28-November 4th The 5th Annual Qoya Service & Safari with Betsy Blankenbaker. Optional Add-on to Cape Town Wine Country November 5-10th

Qoya Service Retreats include seven nights shared accommodations at Imire Sable Lodge; three gourmet meals a day; 3-4 days working at a local school; education on the local rhino and elephant conservation efforts; daily game drives; sunset drinks & appetizers in the safari park; afternoon tea & tour of Wild is Life Animal Sanctuary and Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery: free time to swim, hike sacred mountains, see bushman cave drawings, horseback ride, rhino walks, elephant walks; and daily Qoya classes to integrate the experience of being in Africa. This trip to appropriate for singles, couples, families and friends.

"Thank you so much for the adventure of a lifetime."

For more info: mybetsy@mac.com

$33,723 Raised
84% towards $40,000 Goal

Supported by 49 Donations:

  • Agnes R.
    I Gave $1,500
    Qoya: Mother Africa
  • Pamela H.
    I Gave $1,000
    Pamela H.
  • Paige L.
    I Gave $1,000
  • Silhouette
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  • Kelly B.
    I Gave $1,000
    So grateful to be sharing in the May retreat!
  • Karen S.
    I Gave $1,000
    So excited to be part of the Zimbabwe Service Retreat in May!
  • Lindsay M.
    I Gave $2,000
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $3,000
    To Mother Africa, and maternity health efforts May 2017
  • Silhouette
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $333
    For Brighton
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $100
  • Susie S.
    I Gave $500
    For Brighton.
  • Nicole P.
    I Gave $111
    For the LOVE and in honor of Ashley and Joshua...and all the beautiful lives impacted through Loveness...hope to visit one day.
  • Roy  V.
    I Gave $50
  • Natham J.
    I Gave $50
    In honor of the marriage of Joshua and Ashley
  • Lauren M.
    In honor of Joshua Philips and Ashley Franks. Congrats and much love! -Lauren & Eric, Shelbi, & Jordan
  • Blice  E.
    I Gave $400
    $400 to purchase picnic tables for your beautiful children. Our plan is to visit next year for my 60th birthday and Paint these tables with your Kids
  • Fabiola B.
    I Gave $500
    For the Love of Ashley & Joshua Mother Nature & Her Creatures The Bright Souls at Numwa School Sisterhood & Wholehearted Men For the Love of LOVE
  • Linda K.
    I Gave $180
    Love!!! <3
  • KIm S.
    Yay for dreams and love!
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $100
  • Silhouette
    The love you give to others radiates a bright light in this world. Thank you for showing the way and allowing others to share their light.
  • Abbie  K.
    I Gave $30
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $100
  • Rebecca  B.
    I Gave $100
    This donation is made on behalf of Joshua and Ashley Philips by Bill and Rebecca Bolin as well as Matt and Lacey Brewer.
  • Mindy G.
    I Gave $250
    I love what we're all creating. Pure Magic and Love. xo M
  • Marci O.
    In honor of Ashley Franks & Joshua Philips. Best wishes for a long, happy life together!
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $2,500
  • Cheryl S.
    Beyond excited to dance with the land, animals, children, and all who feel the call! Looking forward to the retreat and be of service. xoxoxo