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Jul 12, 2019

Term 2 Update

External students Leadership Camp
External students Leadership Camp

It has been a difficult season in Zimbabwe, we continue to struggle to get basic commodities and the prices keep soaring. One's day is punctuated by long queues from the bank to petrol, bread, and other goods in short supply. Beginning of the term we were introduced to load shedding and power cuts, which have now moved from 8hrs to 18hrs and 20hrs on other days. However, we remain hopeful that the problems that our nation is facing will improve with time. The determination of the students at Makomborero is also very encouraging, they remain focussed on their studies despite the hardships all around. It is our hope that we continue to give them a safe environment that allows them to blossom and nurture their various talents.

This term we kick-started the Mobile Science lab sessions. This is a 12- week course happening every Saturday with our Science teacher and the help of volunteer students. It is amazing to watch the students get so comfortable and confident in the lab. The Girl Mentorship program is also underway in Mabvuku and Mufakose every Saturday. Makomborero past students with the help of the community mentors are taking the girls through important Life skills such as self-awareness, assertiveness, public speaking, among many other topics. It has been encouraging to witness the successful sessions of the NDEIPI?Business Training. Participants giving feedback on their business ventures ranging from selling kapenta, tomatoes to baby diapers! The joy of being able to earn some money and doing something meaningful has been so apparent. Some requested for further capital to grow their business or increase stocks. The course was completed beginning of this month, 25 people completed the course and will be graduating end of this year. Thank you to the incredible team who lead these life-changing sessions! This course has taught people how to fish, it hasn't given them fish. We have seen it reigniting hope in many of our Makomborero families eyes! 

We are so proud of our students who successfully completed their tertiary studies. We have been celebrating graduations almost on a weekly basis since the beginning of term. It gives the current students motivation that it is possible, they too can achieve their dreams and fulfill the hopes and aspirations that everyone has for them. Clive graduated in Engineering at the Arizona State University, Ntombizodwa also graduated from the same university with a Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Chemistry (Biochemistry). Pamela graduated at the West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering. We also celebrated with Clarety who graduated in Biochemistry at Barnard College, Columbia University. Congratulations Blessing who graduated in Computer Engineering as one of the top 20 International students. He received awards (Samsung tablet) from the President of Turkey. We wish them the very best as they start a new chapter in their lives!

The Upper sixes external students had a wonderful time at their Leadership camp in Nyanga. This was fully funded by generous sponsors. We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity all around. We received a generous donation of a security fence at the Resource Centre, on a side that dogs from the area used to get access to the property. One of our corporate sponsors CBZ presented us with a cheque to assist in the running of the minibus. A kind donor has also availed 6 rooms on their property to be used by university students as accommodation is so expensive. Renovations are currently underway and we are also receiving donations to furnish the place. We look forward to students moving in at the start of a new semester in August. In the same vein, an anonymous donor donated 30 living packs for the university students as well. These will go a long way in assisting their day to day living, as some were having to go with just 1 full meal a day.

Many thanks to you, our online sponsors on GlobalGiving, your generosity ensures that we are able to do the work that we do and making an impact in the communities. We have since launched another campaign on GlobalGiving to fundraise towards the purchase of a new minibus, as the one we have is now very old and is giving many problems. We hope that you continue to support us and you can share it with friends and colleagues.

 

Past Internal students reunion
Past Internal students reunion
Clive Graduation
Clive Graduation
Pamela graduation
Pamela graduation
Blessing graduation
Blessing graduation
Ndeipi Training
Ndeipi Training
Clarety
Clarety
Ntombi graduation
Ntombi graduation

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Apr 15, 2019

1st Term 2019 Update

Girl Mentorship Programme
Girl Mentorship Programme

Term News

As always the first term brings with it the wonderful new external and internal students! We are thrilled to welcome the internal students into the boarding house and see them settle in! They have so courageously faced their new schools and we feel that they have weathered the storm of this first term of adjustment well! We are so proud of them. Our external students have also settled well into their new schools. We have run quite a few Life Skills sessions on Saturday’s where external and internal students are able to come together. Some of these sessions were run by some of our past students. Which is such a wonderful way for us to see them give back.

Due to the generous donations we received this term, each new student received a back pack and basic toiletries and our external students received a fabulous solar light to work by in the evenings. We have enjoyed seeing our students flourish in all aspects of school life and particularly enjoy seeing them embracing new clubs or sports that they were never exposed to at their previous schools. We have loved watching them perform in Eistedfford Music performances, sports days, debates etc. A richness of experiences that builds on who each of them is!

Our Life Skills programme has been full this term, with weekly sessions in the house with myself and then special weekend sessions on SAT prep, university applications, CV writing and market place preparedness, as well as Art Therapy and English lessons! We are so incredibly grateful to a huge group of volunteers who so willingly give us their time at the weekends to run these various life changing sessions! Thank you!!!

It is always great to see our students academic achievements being recognised and Hellenic L6 students receive full colours for their O level results: Milton, Shallom, Bradley full colours and Tadiwa half colours. We love it when the schools recognise our students hard work and reward them for it!

Our A-level results came out in February this year and we were thrilled with them. Class of 2018 internal students 1 – A*; 17 – As; 7 – Bs and External students 20 – As ; 6 – Bs ; 2 – Cs. Well done all of you and now we wait for final University places.

A UK Board member, Nicky Holden, visited in February this year and it was a very fruitful visit. We were given a very comprehensive 7 hour Safeguarding Audit – which we are thrilled to say we passed well, with a few areas of further implementation. At Makomborero, Safeguarding has taken place for a few years now. Our hearts are always to ensure that all students, staff, volunteers and trustees are Safeguarded against any kind of abuse. Nicky also spent some wonderful time with our students and climbing up Domboshava with us. We really do so appreciate UK Board members visits.

Community Projects

Girl Mentorship Programme - We launched our two girl mentorship programmes this year – one in Mbvuku and and one in Mufakose – working with 20 girls. This programme is bearing incredible fruit and we feel so privileged to work with the most vulnerable girls in each school, seeing their lives transform, seeing hope return. We have our past Makomborero girls working as mentors, who over two terms train community mentors in each school for long term sustainability of the programme. This means that next year we can increase to 40 girls and each year increase by 20 as more and more community mentors are trained and equipped. What I love about this programme is that it is not just the girls on the programme who benefit but training local community mentors is giving young woman the tools and opportunity to serve their community in a powerful sustainable way.

The Mobile Science Lab - launched again at the beginning of the year with 30 Form 3 students benefiting from the lab each Saturday, following a 10 week programme. This programme covers all Biology experiments that they require in Form 3 and 4, as well as a small fun Physics module. We love seeing these students blossom under the guidance of our great teachers.

NDEIPI? - We were thrilled to launch in Partnership with One Hope Initiatives our NDEIPI? Small business training course. This course is open to all families of current Makomborero Students, past students, Girl Mentors – basically anyone associated with Makomborero! This course will run over 2 terms with practical elements to it and will end with the students graduating at our Graduation at the end of the year. It is wonderful to give hope to families struggling but also to see their enthusiasm. We know by the end of the year there will be great testimonies!!!

 Current Zimbabwe situation

There is so much to celebrate this term with Makomborero but it would be amiss to not acknowledge the reality of how hard life in Zimbabwe is. We have crippling inflation that has left so many of our Makomborero families fighting for survival. We had some horrific political violence in January, that devastated some of our families and then were hit by an even more devastating cyclone in March. This cyclone has left thousands of people homeless and struggling to survive, while thousands have passed away. We have been so proud to see how Zimbabweans, in the face of our own hardships, have rallied around to bring support and help. I have never been prouder to be a Zimbabwean. Incredible stories of survival, bravery and coming together! Zimbabwe you have some huge battle scars but one day you will rise above all this crazy mess.

 

Past students

We are currently preparing 7 students to go off to the states for a one month orientation on ALA Mastercard Scholarship. Their scholarships are all over the world and we are so thrilled for the opportunity this gives our students. We are incredibly sad that this partnership comes to an end at the end of this next year, as they take their last intake next year but are grateful for the countless students who have benefitted from this programme over the years! We also have a few other students off on scholarship which we will profile over this next term! Congratulations to all of you – we know you will fly. We continue to love the contact we have with our students and hearing what they are up to! We look forward to welcoming many back over our winter term as many return to visit families. Our University students in Zimbabwe are all doing well and we love our sessions with them! They make us so proud as they face the realities of Zimbabwean life and studying but are coming through stronger for it!

 Sponsorship

We are so incredibly grateful to all our sponsors who continue to stand by us through some very trying times in Zimbabwe. Thank you, thank you for your support and belief in what we do. Thank you to all the individual sponsors too! We honestly could not do this without you. Thank

 

 

 

 

 

Combined students photo
Combined students photo
Art Therapy
Art Therapy
Science lab
Science lab
NDEIPI? Small business training
NDEIPI? Small business training
Martha First aid
Martha First aid
Resources
Resources
Jan 15, 2019

Happy new year! We look forward to a great 2019

Makomborero students 2018
Makomborero students 2018

We are only 12 days into 2019 and accordingly, we say Happy New Year to you all. We bade farewell to a difficult 2018 for most Zimbabwean families. The last few months of the year were incredibly hard with petrol and diesel queues which not only have persisted into the new year but have got even worse. There are also shortages of basic foodstuffs such as bread, flour, cooking oil, sugar, and other necessities. Makomborero has managed to weather the storms of Zimbabwe well and are incredibly grateful to the employees, volunteers and donars who have bouyed us up during this very difficult season.  Thank you!!!! 

At the end of 2018 we tragically lost our Chairman for Makomborero Zimbabwe, Pagiel Chimudzi.  He was a humble, gentle, wise man – who we relied on for wisdom, direction and was an ever-present sounding board. Pagiel will be greatly missed by Makomborero and many, many others!  Our hearts ache at the loss his wonderful family are experiencing and our love and support extend to them at this sad time.

 End of year activities

The third term always starts with the Prize Givings of our various partner schools.  All such different evenings, celebrating the wonderful individual characteristics of each school but also incredible to witness so many of our students shine! The term is also one of Leavers dances as the academic year draws to an end.  Our students loved the joy of getting dressed up and attending their dances with friends and celebrating the end of their school journey. Our Graduation was a wonderful celebration of the outgoing class of 2018 as they completed their 2yrs with Makomborero. The students sang a beautiful song, which brought tears to many as they bade farewell. We wish them all the very best as they enter their next phase of life. As a tradition, we ended the year with our wonderful Christmas party – bringing together again all the Internal and External students.  Good food, good fun, and little gifts!

Our Recruting process took place during November and December.  It was an incredible opportunity to leave lasting memories on many, many students hearts even though we can't take all of them.  We completed our recruiting process by visiting inspiring families just before Christmas. What a privilege to be welcomed into their homes.Families who have given everything to get their kids to this point. As the 2019 school calendar starts we welcome new students in the house. This year we have 5 boys and 4 girls. We are grateful for the family that has enabled us to take on an extra student, their generous sponsorship of one school fee at one of our partner schools, will go a long way in making a difference in the family of a promising young person.

We also gathered our super hero university grant beneficiaries during the Christmas break. We took time to encourage each other, share hearts, and we love each of these incredible students. Zimbabwe has such a bright future because of these young men and women. We even have a doctor among them now. Lesley is qualified now and ready to serve!

Upcoming activities for the term

The Girl Mentorship programme will continue this term, after a very successful pilot project in 2018. We look forward to having 2 groups of new students to be inspired and empowered by our past Makomborero girls. We will also take time to train the new Mentors as they both begin to prepare to leave for University in August this year. The Mobile lab sessions will also resume on Saturdays with our Science teacher and dedicated assistant. We have already started receiving inquiries from students who want to join the programme. Once again, we look forward to busy weekends, but all worthwhile and productive.

Our Results for 2018 Cambridge examinations have come out! We are thrilled with our students performances and look forward to feeding back the data from this year.  We remain hopeful for the local exams (ZIMSEC) results which the External students sit, that come around February.  Not it's waiting to see what tertiary education scholarships will come through!

We thank you all for your continued support of us!  You are what make all this work possible and thank you just does not seem like enough to express our gratitude!   We brace for another challenging year for the Zimbabwean economy, but it's one we face with great hope because we have an incredible team and we know we continue to shape the future of Zimbabwe through these young people. Once again we wish you a prosperous 2019!

 

 

 

Christmas party 2018
Christmas party 2018
Recruitment testing
Recruitment testing
Home visits
Home visits
New Lower sixes
New Lower sixes
Makomborero University grant students
Makomborero University grant students
Brother and sisters on Mastercard ALA scholarship
Brother and sisters on Mastercard ALA scholarship

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