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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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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