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Aug 27, 2019

2nd Term Newsletter

Community service
Community service

Another fantastic term under our belt!  The students have all embraced the full winter term – lots of co-curricular extras making it a very full and busy term. We have so enjoyed seeing the Lower Sixth students find their groove in their respective schools.  They have also fitted well into the house!

 Community Service

Our Mobile Science lab sessions ran again for 12 weeks and we enjoyed getting to know the 30 participates.  They slowly warmed up and by the end of the 12 weeks deep friendships had been formed and hearts had connected.  These sessions do accomplish a great academic side but it is also our hope that each student will leave the program feeling like they are significant, have a voice and that there is hope even if life is incredibly hard.  I think our fantastic team accomplished that!  Saturday’s for many of these students are their lifelines!

Our Girl Mentorship Programme continued during this term and we have thoroughly enjoyed the delights of girls from Mufakose and Mbvuku.  Their faithfulness to the program and their hunger to grow, learn and change has been inspiring.  These girls are blossoming and the mentors who facilitate each week are true heroes.  Giving up their Saturday mornings to feed life into each one of these girls lives.  We ended the term with a fabulous lunch at our Resource Centre and were thrilled to team up with Pad Up and give each of our girls a set of reusable sanitary pads.

 NDEIPI? Entrepreneurship

Makomborero finished the NDEIPI? Entrepreneurship program with 25 people completing the course. We look forward to their graduation at the end of the year. This course is all about teaching people how to fish, rather than just giving them a fish, as the saying goes! We have seen it reigniting hope in many of our Makomborero families' eyes! Watch this space for some incredible testimonies!

These words couldn't describe this process better, in the words of John Perkins: 
 

"Go to the people.
Live among them. 
Learn from them. 
Love them. 
Start with what they know. 
Build on what they have. 
But of the best leaders, 
when their task is accomplished, 
when their work is done...
the people will remark: 
"We have done it ourselves."


Past Students

We had a reunion dinner at the Resource Centre in July for all our students past and present.  It was a special evening seeing Makomborero Siblings reunited and a little overwhelming for our current students as their space was invaded by so many confident young men and woman.  It was a wonderful opportunity for us to look back and celebrate all that has been accomplished. Many of our students use the summer break as an opportunity to come and give back to their communities, running their own little projects.  It is always inspiring to see them do this! 

It has been wonderful to celebrate so many students graduating this year - 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 Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering, Clarety who graduated in Biochemistry at Barnard College, Columbia University, Taringana 2nd graduation in Engineering at Dartmouth College and 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 have also bid farewell to 10 students as they go off to study in the States, Mauritius, Botswana, and Scotland.  What an exciting start to a new season for them!  We also celebrate our students who are commencing their tertiary education at the University of Zimbabwe and NUST and have been so humbled by local businesses that continue to help us pay these University Fees, as well as give living stipends and groceries for our students!  Without these sponsors, we would not be able to continue supporting 25 Makomborero University students.

We have continued to meet regularly with the Zimbabwean University students and has spent this term talking into mental health and how to cope in the current very stressful economic environment, as well as studying.

Girls end of term Lunch
Girls end of term Lunch
Partnership with Pad Up Zimbabwe
Partnership with Pad Up Zimbabwe
Reunion
Reunion
Enterpreneurs Hub Training in Chitungwiza
Enterpreneurs Hub Training in Chitungwiza
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
 
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