Africa Orphan Care was established in 2012 to support the continuing work of the Newstart Children's Home in Harare and other similar ministries across Africa reaching out to provide care and hope to orphans. We provide medical and building volunteers as well as financial resources and needed medical supplies. We also seek to improve educational opportunities for the children including ongoing school fees and support.
Our Board of Directors are long-term supporters of the ministry supporting orphaned and abandoned children in Africa. Dr. Rick Westermeyer, who has been to NewStart over twenty times, and Ron Benfield formed Africa Orphan Care in 2012 and have served on the board since then. Marilyn Patchin has an extensive background in supporting orphans around the worldand has served on the Board since 2012. Pastor Dave Allen has spent time at NewStart and has served as Board Chair since 2020. Kristina Johnson first visited NewStart as a volunteer in 2013, and joined the board in 2021, along with Allana (Westermeyer) Harboldt, who has volunteered at NewStart multiple times.
An additional co-founder of Africa Orphan Care was Mary Farag Penner, who cared deeply about the children at NewStart Children’s Home and was a frequent visitor and volunteer. Sadly, Mary passed away in January 2020 in the midst of helping create a safe, comfortable space for volunteers to stay while giving their time to the children of NewStart. A favorite with the children of NewStart, Mary gave selflessly in her many visits to Zimbabwe. A chapel at NewStart was built as a place of worship in her memory.
Africa Orphan Care is a volunteer Christian organization open to all who embrace our mission statement. We welcome inquiries for volunteer opportunities in building as well as medical and educational endeavors. Of course we appreciate the generous gifts that keep hope and opportunity alive for these dear children.