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Jan 8, 2020

Here's our 3rd Term Newsletter

Christmas celebrations
Christmas celebrations

Happy 2020 hope you have a good start to the year so far. 2019, remains one of the hardest years we’ve had in the history of Makomborero. Despite all, we made it to the end of another fantastic – but challenging year! Looking back over this year it has felt like at times every curve ball thrown at us would undo us but we have made it!

 It is a very busy term with Prize Giving ceremonies, examinations, leavers dances, SATS, university applications, graduation, Christmas Party etc but it is an incredibly memorable term too. Our end of year graduation was such a celebration of our Students and their achievements and their time with us! We also ended the term with a Christmas party combining our Internal and External students. Through many kind donations of meat, presents and a fabulous craft – they day was a huge success.

We have attached to the newsletter a copy of the graduation programme for you to see our students achievements over this year. The Lower Sixth Hellenic and St Georges students went on their respective leadership camps and it is always wonderful to welcome them back more confident young men who have made some new friends!

Yeukai was badly burnt at the beginning of the term and we were so thankful for an incredible doctor – she was so very brave and weathered a very hard trial well. She is finally totally healed!

Our testing process is underway for this next intake starting in January – it will be our 10th intake and we are incredibly humbled we get to do this again and again! We continue to refine our testing process – impacting lives for one day, even if it’s their only day with Makomborero, is our absolute goal as well as academic testing. We sow seeds of hope during this process and see lights come on in eyes, even if only 18 of them gain a scholarship. It is a wonderful time seeing our current and past students come together and give tirelessly of themselves to touch students lives over these coming weeks! We hope to finish home visits by 20th December!

 

The Ndeipi entrepenurial training programme was a great partnership with One Hope Iniciatives who ran the course. They came in for a number of weeks and ran sessions on setting up small scale businesses with very little capital, budgeting, managing a business. Many of our students and families will be graduating from this training programme today. This course is so empowering, it not only gives practical skills but it is filling hearts with hope again. We are grateful for this partnership and the opportunity to run this course again next year!

 

We ran our Pilot Girl Mentorship Programme last year and were able to expand to two programmes this year – one in Mufakose and one in Mabvuku. These programmes take the most vulnerable girls in form 2 and we work with them for one year. What an incredible journey it has been with them. Makomborero past students are the mentors and they trained up community mentors to take over the programme in the new year – we see the trainee mentors lives change as well as the girls on the programme and it is inspiring and wonderful! I think what surprised our mentors the most was how much they fell in love with each girl – each girl became a highly valued jewel in their eyes. Words cannot describe the transformation that has taken place in each young girl. We are looking to run four mentorship groups this coming year and will continue to refine and work on our material. It hasn’t cost us much, it isn’t playing the world numbers game, but it is giving hope to a few precious girls each year and we are thrilled. I am immensely thankful to Ropa and Rura, Isabel and Shyline for all they poured into this project and for it’s success this year and for the incredible Trainee Mentors who have become part of us too!

 

Our Mobile Lab continues to run on Saturday mornings – running two sessions per Saturday, impacting students from all over Harare and different High Density schools. Giving them a deep joy for science, seeing their worth and learning the practical side of a subject. I tell my two awesome teachers – the academic side is important but above all of this is your heart connection with these students!!! We want them to leave with hope and purpose

 

in their hearts, that someone values them deeply as a person. I think they accomplish that and more in the 9 weeks we have the students!

 

We continue to see students get international scholarships and will see students go off to Botswana, Germany, The States and Morocco next year, having sent students this year to Scotland, The States, Mauritius, Botswana and Kenya. These scholarships are an amazing opportunity and we are proud of our students but the real heros are the students studying at our local universities!

We have 22 students at UZ and NUST. We have regular get togethers at our house, mentorship sessions and opportunities to encourage each other. We had a big emphasis on mental health this year and this I think has been particularly worthwhile for our students. The living conditions of many of our students as they try and secure accommodation near campus is completely unacceptable and it has been heartbreaking to witness! We have had three incredible families come forward and offer their homes to Makomborero. A couple in Vainona have given space in their home to two Makomborero University students and have been doing this for a few years now and another couple invested in converting 4 rooms on their property into beautiful accommodation for four of our students. This has been a life saver! The last family have generously donated us a house in Avondale West which we will be looking to convert into an 18 bed University Residence. These three families have blessed Makomborero beyond words and we are so incredibly grateful – humbled and overwhelmed at their generosity!

 

I can’t move on from our University students without acknowledging the big role that Sandvik play in the success of this programme. As things have become more and more challenging in Zimbabwe the gaps in our funding have grown. Sandvik have plugged this gap for us with our University Students and if it was not for them we would not have been able to pay tuition fees.   Our partnership with Sandvik has been humbling and life saving all at the same time. The vital food packs arriving just in time to fill students bellies have filled a very real practical need! Their vision for Zimbabwe and their incredible leadership is inspiring and I leave their site often feeling like I’ve visited a foreign land.

 

Thank you to our corporate sponsors and individual sponsors. It is wonderful to have the loyalty of our long standing sponsors, you do not realise how much your dedication to us means, when so many of our local sponsors have had to stop supporting us over this year! A shout out to four corporates who this year have upped their game and really plugged some holes for us – Halsted, Belina Payrol, Multichoice and Caurnarddmetal box for sponsoring today. Thank you, thank you! This investment will pay off in the long run!

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you from all of us at Makomborero Zimbabwe!!!

 

 

Science testing
Science testing
Graduation 2019
Graduation 2019
Reunions
Reunions
Selection process
Selection process
Grocery donation
Grocery donation

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Nov 26, 2019

Update on the third term so far

Students from 1st round of tests
Students from 1st round of tests

We have not yet purchased the bus and we are still finding ways to fundraise. Prices continue to increase with the hyperinflationary conditions currently prevailing. We managed to get updated quotations locally and from South Africa. The third term is always busy and we are trying to combine so many activities. Thankfully the current upper sixes have just finished writing their exams. The testing process for 2020 scholarship students has also started, with the 1st round having been done this weekend. This saw 200 students from all over Zimbabwe coming through, all very hopeful and very gifted students. Apart from the testing they also got Lifeskills training, art session and some motivational talk from Makomborero Alumni students. It is times like this where we wish we had a bigger bus to help transport the students. We are grateful to Hellenic Academy who lent us their buses for students living in Chitungwiza which is 26kms outside Harare, the rest were dropped off in town to find other transport means to their respective homes.

This year we will be participating on the Giving Tuesday on the 3rd of December 00:00:00 ET and end at 23:59:59 ET on Dec. 3, 2019. We need to raise money from at least 20 unique donors to qualify for the bonus prizes. For more terms please follow the link on https://www.globalgiving.org/2019-givingtuesday-terms/ 

In other news here are some of the updates from our November newsletter:

It's nearly the end of term, and therefore prize giving with many of our students winning amazing prizes. 

Congratulations to our Gateway High School boys & girls on bringing home 2 trophies and a shield at their Prize Giving day last week. 

  • Muzi (U6) got subject prizes in Maths and Chemistry, won DHL Senior Attainment Trophy for best AS results and best Sciences student. 
  • Yeukai (L6) got subject prizes for Biology and Chemistry and the Mathematics Cup. 
  • Winnie (L6) won the subject prize in Mathematics. 

Congratulations too to our Hellenic boys, both Lower 6s and Upper 6s received prizes at the school's Annual Prize Giving Ceremony! 

 Girl Mentorship Programme

Laura visited the Girl Mentorship programme in Mufakose recently - she found it so lovely to see how the girls have found their voices! At the start of the programme some were so shy and hardly spoke a word, but they can now stand up front and debate!  We have seen huge transformations during the course of the year, and to Makomborero that is what the programme is all about - empowering the girls and giving them hope for a brighter future. We are looking forward to starting another 2 programs next year!

Thank you all for the kind donations that enabled us to get solar lights to students staying at our University Residence!  We are so grateful for the grocery donations for our University of Zimbabwe students from a local business this week. What a timely donation this has been, just when we had received messages from students saying they had run out of food!

 And so it begins...!

This past weekend an incredible team of 9 volunteers read through every one of our 450 application forms. So grateful for hours of their time, allowing the stories to be told. Each student given a place to say 'this is my story'! And for our team to consider each one. The trauma, pain, victory - inspiring beyond words!

Makomborero Zimbabwe are now gearing up for the first round of testing in 2 weeks time. This will be a memorable, life-changing weekend for 200 of our applicants, as well as an intense testing process.  We have previously blogged about our testing process, and you can read about it in more detail here, and Laura's personal take on the process here.

The logistics of receiving these 450 application forms from around the country, amidst extreme fuel shortages, has to be carefully planned, along with then contacting 200 students who don't always have access to the internet, or a phone of their own, makes this an incredibly complicated process.  But the rewards of seeing lives transformed makes it all worthwhile!

Selection process
Selection process
Gateway Prizes
Gateway Prizes
Donation of groceries
Donation of groceries

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Oct 11, 2019

It's Jacaranda season again!

Patrice 2019 Awards
Patrice 2019 Awards

In Zimbabwe the purple bloom of the Jacaranda trees heralds the beginning of exam time for students. It's third term and the busiest time in the school calendar. Our students will soon be undertaking their exams and we wish them the very best as they round off the final preparations. We are expectant of good results, as the students continue to shine at the Speech and Prize giving days of the different schools. 5 of the St George's boys won  awards recently , with Patrice scooping most of the subject prizes including best Upper sixth results. He had 3 trophies and certificates. Lincoln also recently attended an invitational Sports dinner at Hellenic . We are proud of their achievements and resolute focus despite the current situation in the country.

August holidays as has become tradition we have our Makomborero internal and external students camp. This year's attandance was very good with the students getting time to bond and and share ideas, study together during their time at the Resource centre. We held a community service day at a rural school on the outskirts of Harare. Grateful for a school we've now painted boards for 3 times over the last 9 years. An inspiring head who has run this school through two massive economic meltdowns! Unsung hero's rural teachers and heads! Inspiring stories of child headed homes and how the school supports those families. This was followed by a workshop in partnership with Maker Club where the students learnt to make simple robots and hydraulic gadgets. It has been 3years now since partnering with Maker Club and we are grateful for all the effort they put in training the students. During camp the students also got a chance to do an Art Therapy session with Dusty, lots of fun they had taping into their creative side and some discovering talents they never knew they had. The final day is always fun and games , and this year it was led by Sibongile, a very energetic  young lady who is passionate about working with the youth. We celebrated all the birthdays and student's achievements to some nice food, drinks and cake!

Our students continue to give back in their different communities and we are touched by their selflesness. Ngoni currently studying at Quest University in Canada hosted an entrepreneurial leadership seminar (Entrepreneurs Hub) at Seke 4 High School.This was for A level students and recent school leavers. Tanaka ran a community workshop for Highfield High 1 , teaching young pupils computer programming and robotics. It was great team effort he managed to engage some local organisations and other past Makomborero students. With the help of other former Makomborero students - Taku, Belinda, Roy and Kuda , Tatenda ran a community give back project in Epworth going by the name ACT ( Action for Community Transformation) The workshop was aimed at connecting the students to opportunities, equipping them with entrepreneurship skills, instilling team spirit, inspiring creativity as well as creating long lasting friendships with the students. We are grateful to Mastercard Foundation and African Leadership Academy for sponsoring these intiatives , making it possible for these young people to make a difference in their communities.

Makomborero students also continue to excel on different platforms. Tanaka, an external student at Seke One High, whose project of a Movable Greenhouse together with Davison won a trip to Tunisia to partcipate in the IFEST2 Festival in March 2020. Simba one of our Pioneer students was appointed Deputy Chief Pharmacist of the Parirenyatwa Group fo Hospitals managing 13 pharmacies. This year we had our 1st Medical School graduate at the University of Zimbabwe. Dr Lesleen graduated with an Honours in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree. We are very proud of her achievements and hard work and wish her the best as she starts her housemanship as a juniour doctor at Harare Hospital.

This term's Girl Mentorship programme started in Mabvuku and Mufakose. The girls finish off the year's sessions as they get into deeper topics such as reproductive and sexual health. They will also finish off their crotcheting project, a blanket which they will donate to a charity of their choice. This term we are not holding the Mobile Science lab , due to exam preparation but we take this time to review the curriculum and update the handouts. The 2020 Makomborero A- Level Scholarship recruitment process has started with application forms being distributed to various schools. This year will be our 10th recruitment process and as the scholarship programme gets more popular we have had enquiries and requests for forms from all corners of the country. This will be followed by a busy time when the actual testing process and interviews begin, right to the home visits when the schools close end of year. We are happy we were joined by Mercy in the Admin department at the Makomborero Office. Mercy will be working with Laura in the Operations department, she was also previously volunteering teaching English on Sundays at the Resource Centre. As the year draws to the end , we are looking forward to our annual graduation ceremony , as we bid farewell to the class of 2019.

Dr Lesleen graduation
Dr Lesleen graduation
Blackboard painting
Blackboard painting
Maker Club Workshop
Maker Club Workshop
Art Workshop
Art Workshop
Mabvuku Girl Mentorship Programme
Mabvuku Girl Mentorship Programme

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