A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

Fostering cultural awareness through educational and entrepreneurship projects.
Jan 18, 2011

Tariro Ruth Mudawariwo - A Successful Deserving Student

Tariro is looking forwared to Secondary School
Tariro is looking forwared to Secondary School

Tariro’s late father, Mathias Mudawariwo was lead carpenter at ASAP’s carpentry training-with-production center in Zimbabwe – Tinovaka “We Build”. Mathias was a skilled artisan with good leadership skills; when we succumbed to TB in 2000 it was a great loss recalls Tom Arsenault (ASAP’s President).

 ASAP has funded primary school fees for his only surviving daughter, Tariro Ruth Mudawariwo, who was born on 17 November 1997. This year we are proud that Tariro has been accepted at St. Dominic’s Secondary school in Mutare to begin her Secondary School education.

Tariro’s mother does her best to provide for her, selling vegetables and sweets and biscuits. The families plight was highlighted by her friend to the local pastor of the United Methodist church who has responded by giving her mother a part time job which earns her $90.00 per month. From this monthly income she pays Water ($35), Firewood ($20) Paraffin( $10) Groceries ($25).

The diet they take comprise of Sadza (maize meal), vegetables and beans. Once a month they have meat or fish. Tariro aspires to study medicine at the university and train as a medical doctor. She is inspired by her cousin named Tatenda Mudawariwo who is a trainee heart surgeon at the University of Zimbabwe.

Tariro feels lonely when her mother is away and she always thinks that it was better if she had a sister or brother to talk to. Tariro is a Christian and she loves playing hockey. She looks confident and speaks politely with a very innocent voice. She looks straight in one’s eyes when talking to her. Your contribution will fill Tariro's days with companionship, education and help to make her future bright and full of hope.

Tariro
Tariro's father was a skilled carpenter
Mrs. Mudarawiwo works hard to provide
Mrs. Mudarawiwo works hard to provide
Tariro
Tariro's father

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Dec 21, 2010

BeeHive School Spelling Bee A Success!

Spelling Bee Winners
Spelling Bee Winners

A yearly tradition at BeeHive School is the much-talked about and much anticipated yearly spelling bee contest.  This year was a big success and the winners are pictured below.  The Spelling Bee took place in BeeHive's new classrooms, which are coming along nicely, but funds are running low.

Currently, due to the incomplete classrooms, the school day is split into two shifts, so that the classrooms can be shared.  The younger students take class in the morning and the older ones in the afternoon.  This is working so far, but it's taking its toll on the teachers and staff and BeeHive is anxious to finish construction.

BeeHive’s parents have already donated what they can and even pre-paid their dues for several semesters in order to further construction.  Unfortunately, this has not been enough to finish construction.

We are asking BeeHive supporters to pledge $10/month for at least one year on the Global Giving site to help with constructing a new bathroom unit at BeeHive.

Finally, we’d just like to take a moment and reflect on this past year.  BeeHive has seen some very low lows and high highs.  At this time last year, BeeHive looked like it was going to be shut-down and an entire community lost, but with the help of so many hopeful and generous people both in Malawi and around the world, BeeHive pulled through and every day is looking brighter and brighter.  Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us this year.  Thank you for your encouragement, thank you for your hope, and thank you for your constant support.

Nov 14, 2010

Eight girls now have school fees

Thanks to the generous donations of people like you, ASAP can now provide school fees for 8 deserving girls. The beauty of this project is that it includes training for the girls in Village Savings and Lending as the first step up out of poverty. The girls form small groups after school and agree to each save a specific amount of money each month, regardless how small an amount. This money is then lent to one or more of the girls so they can use it in their income generating project. This often means buying and reselling tomatoes or other items during the month to generate income turning the money 3 to 5 times during the month. The money is paid back with interest when the girls next meet. The pot grows quickly. The net result is the girls generate their own money to pay school costs for the next year and this allows them to stay in school without financial need. So ASAP's project becomes a sustainable way of helping them. Thanks again for your generosity and for being an important part of this solution.

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