The school year begins in mid-January for all Zimbabweans. Its mid summer, which means very hot and humid. The economy in Zimbabwe is not doing well since there is a shortage of hard currency. Shops don’t have as much food and prices have gone up quite a lot. The government actually has plenty of income from the “blood diamond” fields near Mutare but most of it goes into the private coffers of the president and his men. Yet Zimbabweans still say they have hope of things getting better. We hope so.
We are still waiting for the information from the school on the girls that may be assisted with their school fees. We help as many girls as we can each year, depending on the donations we receive. This past year has been particularly quiet on the giving front for these girls. So the number of girls assisted will depend on how much each needs.
Please make a contribution. You can help one more girl stay in school and have a better future.
It is the season to stop and count our blessings - to give thanks for our abundance. To express our gratitude for the privilege of being to help others who are less fortunate. The girls are now studying for and writing their final exams as the school year comes to a close in December. It’s rainy season and that means hot and humid. When the girls go home for holiday, most likely they will spend a considerable amount of time helping Mom by working in the maize field. That is the time they look forward to going back to school in mid January.
Remember that there is a girl in Zimbabwe who is in school because of your donation. If they could, her teachers, parents, community, would all reach across the ocean and give you a big hug. Since that is not possible, click here for the next best thing.
Please give generously so we can continue to fund their school fees. At ASAP we cannot say thank you enough. Happy Thanksgiving!
Winter is almost finished in Zimbabwe, as it’s a short season and people now are saying, “ We are only left with wind.” That means August is coming to a close, with warming sun but still a cool breeze. It will soon be tropical again.
The ASAP funded girls, thanks to your generosity; at St. Monica’s School are all doing well in their studies. Perhaps these girls work a little harder because they know they have been given a special opportunity. The cost of education remains the largest obstacle to girls getting an education in Zimbabwe. The exciting news is that for every year of additional education, girls will earn 25% higher wages.
Every child represents a future, the future of the community, of the country, and indeed the future of the whole world. Thank you for your part in helping a few girls have a chance to be special when they never thought they could be.
It is now winter in Zimbabwe, with cold nights and clear warm days. In Mutare where we fund the girls school fees, it is even colder because the elevation is over 5000 ft. So even though it is in the tropical zone, the altitude is a major issue. With that said, the girls we funded this year are all doing well in school and wearing sweaters. They do appreciate the opportunity to attend school and in this case a decent school.
Someone asked why we don't fund 40 girls each year. Well the simple aswer is that we fund the school fees of as many girls as we have funds for. So the amount that we raise during this year for that project is what we will have to spend on the next year. It seems like such a small amount of money that can alter the path of a young woman and change her life. So when you make that donation remember you are helping a young woman take the road to a better life. She thanks you and we thank you.
Mid January saw a new school year start in Zimbabwe. The well deserving girls that ASAP is assisting with their school fees have been selected. Their names and photos are below:
Thembinkosi age13, father is a pensioner, mother in rural area She stays with a brother who has 3 children
Paraffin age14 father is late, Mother is a low paid nurse’s aid
Shamiso age17 both parents are late
Mureyani age 15 both parents not working
Nyasha age 15 from a broken home
Tariro age 16 both parents late
These girls all attend St. Dominic’s High School in Mutare, Zimbabwe where they get a very good education. You will notice that there are no fancy hairstyles allowed. The girls are strongly encouraged to focus on their studies with few distractions. Just by being in school gives these girls an advantage in life. They have much less chance of contracting AIDS and much greater chance of a better life. Your support is instrumental in making this happen. Thank you.
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