The Gutu Mission Station
Hippo Valley Christian Mission will be finding several runners to participate in the Snickers Marathon/Half-Marathon as a means to raise funds and awareness for the Gutu Mission Station Project.
Location: Albany, GA
Date: March 5th, 2016
What to Expect:
*HVCM will pay the registration fee for anyone who signs up for the race, with the understanding that each individual will work hard to promote and raise funds for the Gutu Mission Station prior to race day.
Each runner will be given a race-day t-shirt
Our original goal was to raise $50,000 to begin construction of the first school building. Last year we raised nearly $30,000 and were able to use $8,000 of that to secure the land (see pictures of groundbreaking ceremony below). So we currently have just over $20,000, which means there is still quite a lot of fundraising to do. Read below to learn more about this exciting project, and see how you can become involved!
What is Gutu?
The Zimbabwean government approached HVCM and asked us to build a school in an area known as Gutu, Zimbabwe. Gutu is virtually unchurched and there is also no local school. Kids who want to receive an education must walk 6 miles ONE WAY to get to school each day, or a total of 12 miles. Keep in mind that many of these kids don't have good shoes (or any at all) and the climate in Zimbabwe is much hotter than ours.
Last year we hosted the Gutu Event, and challenged several individuals to run with us in the Indianapolis Half-Marathon as a way to raise both support and awareness for the Gutu Project. We challenged our runners to raise $1,310 to help begin construction of a new school, which comes to $100 per mile. The building of this school will not only provide the children with a local education, but the building will also serve as an opportunity to plant a church!
Our vision for the Gutu Mission Station is that it will continue to grow each year to impact more people in this impoverished area. In the future we have hopes to build a medical clinic on the property as well. Look at the picture of the empty field below, and dream with us.
So let me ask you...what will YOU do for GUTU? Use the contact form to sign up and get more information today!