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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