Victory Fellowship in partnership with Equip International has unveiled two four roomed houses for single mothers in Queen Park East in Bulawayo .There are plans to build three more houses and foundations have already been laid for the next phase of the S.M.I.L.E. village project .S.M.I.L.E is an acronym for Single Mothers Included Loved and Empowered a ministry of Victory Fellowship .Pastor Dan Harding and his wife Yvonne have been at the forefront of the project for the past five years .A borehole has been drilled at the site and a water tank installed in preparation for small market gardening projects that will be done at the centre .
The two houses are part of a bigger vision which will result in the construction of a S.M.I.L.E village complete with a livelihoods projects .The project is unique in that it does not only address the immediate needs of vulnerable sections of the populace but importantly it empowers them to break the cycle of poverty .Whilst many initiatives by both church and secular organizations focus on hand outs and relief for situations of lack and poverty ,the S.M.I.L.E. village project equips single mothers to face the challenges of the future in an empowering and dignified manner .
At an emotional dedication of the two houses Pastor Harding recalled how they had launched the single mothers ministry dubbed Single Mothers Loved Included and Empowered over five years ago .The need for accommodation was one of the chief needs which they identified as a big hurdle for single mothers .Consequently they developed a vision and a passion for a village for single mothers .This resulted in an initial U.S 10,000 being injected into the project and there after another U.S 70,000 From a Canadian group named Equip International which has partnered with Equip Zimbabwe through Victory Fellowship to build the village .