So where do we start with such an incredibly exciting term! Our current students are all doing well in their respective schools and we continue to have fantastic Life Skills evenings on a Thursday. Some fo the Upper Sixth students went on an all expenses paid trip to South Africa for a Science Focus week. They had a wonderful time visiting industries and museums. It has also been a term full of other accomplishments but I thought I'd not run through the normal every day stuff - it is all good but I thought this update could focus on some of our past students and what they are up to! Enjoy!
Clive eaver 2014 has just won the Resolution Fellowship in Johannesburg for his social venture.
Clive is working on eradicating the effects of using synthetic fertilizers in Zim and Africa at large, by using nanotechnology to manufacture an organic fertilizer.
Clive we are so so proud!
Our First Graduates
So Makomborero is old enough this year to start celebrating our first graduates from University! I will start with three young men from our Pioneer group who have graduated from local Zimbabwe universities - thanks to your continued support and them receiving grants for their University Studies from Makomborero.
A huge congratulations to Terrence - Leaver 2012. He is officially an Engineer. He got a 2:1 in his Electrical Engineering degree. Watch this space world - here comes Terrence!
Brian - Leaver 2012, studied Actuarial Science and we got the message below from him -
Hello ma'am! I know I am guilty of poor communication, this degree has turned me into such a social zombie lol. But I would like to inform you that I've submitted my dissertation and I'm technically done with my undergrad studies. This would've only been a distant dream if not for the love you've given me over the past 6+ years. I don't deserve the kindness that you continue to shower me with. I would therefore like to take this moment to thank you, Mr A and your family for how you have greatly impacted my life. May you continue to be blessed and touch many lives the same way you have done mine. A thank you alone is not enough to express how much I feel indebted by your love. Tinotenda, Siyabonga, Merci, Thank you!
Simba - Leaver 2012. Pharmacy. This is a message we received from him:
Simba's message - It is my pleasure to let you know that today marks my last day at Uni. I wrote my last exam today and I know through the grace of God and your prayers I made it through. It feels like yesterday when I joined Makomborero but alas now I am done with my first degree.
I wouldn't have made it without you, Mr A and the Makomborero clan. You have made my dream come true. I know now the real life begins (trying to get a job, responsibilities, people expecting a lot from me).
I have a lot to say but words can't really express my joy. But thank you for the support and everything for the past 6 years.
I love you and Mr A a lot. May God bless you.
We are so proud of all you young men and we are keeping everything crossed for great jobs!!
And from America - Ryan Maponga - Leaver 2012! The first official Makomborero graduate studying at Tufts University on a full scholarship. He majored in Electrical Engineering and he will be starting a full time job at Goldman Sachs as a software developer. We are thrilled for him and the experience this will be for him.
Prince meets a Princess
Prince (leaver 2015) on a MasterCard scholarship at Edinburgh University shares a very special day with us - was very honoured to meet Princess Anne who is the Chancellor for The University of Edinburgh. It was such a remarkable experience to be selected as one of four students across the university from undergraduate to post graduates to meet her and a number of the university donors at the Royal Society in London. Being able to share my life experiences as well as future aspirations and my life in Edinburgh so far was such a privilege! I had never envisioned myself sharing even a simple sentence with a member of the Royal Family let alone introduce myself as Prince to a Princess. Being able to highlight my roots in Zimbabwe which are Makomborero Zimbabwe to a woman who is known for her charitable work was the highlight of the evening. Perhaps we didn't have time to delve into the finer details but that 5 minute chat meant a lot more seeing as l was the youngest person in that building, surrounded by an affluent community. which in my society l would have been asked to go play outside and let adults have their crucial conversations.
I live to remember this day and most importantly to be grateful for the opportunities Makomborero Zimbabwe opens for people like me and others!
Students coming home
Not only is is wonderful to hear of what our past students are up to but it is truely wonderful to see them when they are home and reconnect. I love it and our kids love it too! We have welcomed many into our home this term! Family staying connected!
We love it when long time supporters of Makomborero come out for a visit and Derek and Jenny Gibbs immersed themselves in Makomboroero life. We took them up Domboshava, took them market shopping for vegetables for the boarding house, got them to spend time with the students and even even went to a students families house for dinner. To all share a meal together with Brandon's family was so special. To see the joy Brandon's family found in hosting us as a family. We provided the resources for the meal but they loved preparing and welcoming us into their home. Lives joined forever by Makomborero!
The Gibbs' blessed us beyond words. Their love and wisdom impacted many of the students deeply. Thank you for coming guys. We loved having you!
Launch of our Mobile Science lab
This has been incredibly exciting and we are currently running a 7 weeks Biology course every Saturday and we are thoroughly enjoying getting to know our students. This project is funded through our other GlobalGiving page.
Well I think that is a different overview of the term and I hope you can see a little of the fruit of some of our students as they discover who they are and find their wings once they leave Makomborero. Please look at finances for this period on the attached document. This next term is busy with examinations, community service and the start of our recruiting process for next year.