Help keep 3,750 children in school!

 
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Help keep 3,750 children in school!

Help keep 3,750 children in school!

Mother Support Group members demonstrating pottery

Mother Support Group members demonstrating pottery
Members of a Mother Support Group in Zimbabwe demonstrate their pottery-making skills at a community gathering as one of the various income-generating activities that they undertake to support children in school.

Mothers Group displaying vegetables

Mothers Group displaying vegetables
This group grows and sells vegetables to support children in its community. Though many missed out on the opportunity to go to school, these mothers are keenly aware of the importance of education. At the gathering of mothers groups, various government agencies, including the Department of Health, presented practical strategies to confront challenges involving HIV/AIDS. Due to the lack of general literacy, the program emphasized drama, song and role-playing.

Mother Support Group members making shoes

Mother Support Group members making shoes
Members of a Mother Support Group in Zimbabwe demonstrate their shoe-making skills at a community gathering as one of the various income-generating activities that they undertake to support children in school.

Mothers group displays hand-crafted items

Mothers group displays hand-crafted items
This group earns income for vulnerable local children by selling members' handmade items such as the woven bowls and pottery, on display at this gathering. In addition to exhibiting their products, group members also attended discussions and workshops on issues facing their communities, including child abuse, family planning, HIV/AIDS, and the role of Mothers Groups in meeting community needs.

Mothers Groups exhibit their wares

Mothers Groups exhibit their wares
In September 2007, the Mamvuramachena Primary School in Zimbabwe's Nyaminyami District hosted a "talent show" for local Mother Support Groups to market their wares and earn income to support the care and education of orphans and other vulnerable children in their communities. Groups came from as far as 25 kilometers away -- in an area without bus service - to participate.

Gertrude

Gertrude
Gertrude Kariko is a member of Nyangani Mother Support Group in Nyanga district, Zimbabwe. Gertrude tells her story of working with a local MSG to Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director of Camfed Zimbabwe: “I may not be rich but I am not destitute any longer. Camfed supported my daughter Brenda through school and she is now a nurse at Marondera hospital. She has been a pillar to the family even when things got so bad last year. I know now that life can be better for every child and the opportunity came with other mothers who felt the same. Who am I not to help others? What is so special about me? Those are questions I asked myself and so felt fired in my heart to join.” Gertrude has been supporting two orphans, Pardon, a boy now in Form 4, since he was in Form 1 and, Tatenda, a girl, who is in Form 2. “I sacrifice to help them but I know it is for a good reason. They can help themselves better in the future with an education than without it,” she says. Besides assisting the children by buying exercise books, pens and other necessities for them, she also takes care of sick parents in her community by helping with chores, cleaning and cooking, which helps their children go to school. Gertrude tells that one of her most difficult moments came when parting with her daughter Brenda’s uniform, which had been provided to her by Camfed: “I looked deep into my heart and convinced myself that it was the right thing to do. We could not shelve it as just a decoration. Nonokaui was not in school half the time and I was concerned that she did not like school. But Brenda convinced me that it was because of the uniform and giving her the uniform would solve the problem. It did.”

A proud young girl counts to 10

A proud young girl counts to 10
Mark Read/Camfed 2010

Help keep 3,750 children in school!

Help keep 3,750 children in school!
Mark Read/Camfed 2010

Abibata, Member of a Camfed Mother Support Group

Abibata, Member of a Camfed Mother Support Group
Photo from Progress Report 'Interim Report on Zimbabwe'
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Brooke Hutchinson

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