It’s the first term of school In Zimbabwe, the weather is hot and the rains give hope for a decent crop of maize. It’s also back to school for ASAP’s girls - the girls that are funded by ASAP and your generous donations. They have been in school for a couple of weeks now and are back in the swing of things.
As we have said before, students in Zimbabwe are excited when it comes time to return to school because they actually look forward to it. Besides the educational aspects of school, these girls also enjoy seeing their friends again and the relative safety of the school where the chance of getting pregnant is much lower than in the isolation of a rural homestead.
All of us at ASAP Africa thank you for all of your donations, large and small, to help these deserving girls stay in school. Please continue to give generously.
As the third term of school finishes up In Zimbabwe, the weather is hot and the summer rains are falling erratically. The girls that are funded by ASAP and your generous donations are doing final exams before the summer holiday. This is the long school break that usually lasts for 6 weeks. This is when students go home to work in the fields so there will be food for the winter months.
So students in Zimbabwe will be excited when it comes time to return to school because they actually look forward to it. Yes, they have a much different attitude about returning to school each term than what you may find here in the western world. Returning to school means the fieldwork is over for them. Besides the learning aspects of school, these girls also enjoy the comradeship of their fellow students and the improved safety of the school environment. You see, there is a much lower chance of girls getting pregnant if they are in school.
All of us at ASAP Africa really appreciate all of your donations, large and small, to help these deserving girls stay in school. Please continue to give generously during this giving season.
The rains have started in Zimbabwe. They are traditionally supposed to start each year on the 20th of October. That means the school year is coming close to it's mid-December end. We now have raised enough for 16 girls to stay in school for a year but any new students will now be added in January at the start of the school year. The girls selected to receive assistance really appreciate the help from those of you who generously gave to this worthwhile cause. And we at ASAP thank you for your kindness which gives these girls a special opportunity in life. Thank you again.
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Thanks to the generosity of all of the contributors to this project we are getting closet to our goal of 20 girls back in school. We now have almost enough funds to pay 14 girls school fees. We especially appreciate those wonderful supporters that give monthly towards this project. As the funds become available, we add deserving young women to the funded group.
One of the statistics that I think is really important, is the fact that if a girl is in school she has a much lower chance of getting pregnant and/or getting HIV-AIDS. The girls all thank you for your support.
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.
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