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Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe

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Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
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Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
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Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Change Student Lives through Education in Zimbabwe
Learning to do Covid Testing
Learning to do Covid Testing

What a weird term it has been!  Covid-19 has changed the world and changed everything at Makomborero.  We have had to pause many of our projects over the last few months.  However, it has given us lots of time to reflect, learn how to run the office remotely, access and make lots of changes.  As hard as this season has been, it has also been incredibly productive.  So much time to improve and implement – when do we get time like this!

Dealing with Covd 19

One of the biggest effects of Covid-19 and the lock down on our families has been the massive loss of income.  Most of our families are not employed and rely on the informal sector to make an income for their families, mostly through vending.  During the very strict lock down, it was an incredibly dire situation for them. Even as the lock down has continued, but to a lesser extent, many of the families are not earning anything and survival has become incredibly hard.  We have managed to feed all our external and internal students’ families with 3 food packs each.  We worked with an incredible organisation that makes products that just require water – bread mixes you can cook on the fire, healthy delicious porridge, etc. etc.!  We are so thankful to be able to offer healthy, nutritious food to our families.  These packs were literally life savers.

Our UZ students have also not been spared the stress of Covid-19 and having to learn remotely.  We have been able to provide them with mobile data to study, living allowances for food and encouragement through this hard, isolating season.  Their learning has been hindered but I have been so impressed to see them continue to push through!

Our internal students have had the wonderful opportunity to continue with online learning and incredible lessons through their school – St George’s, Hellenic and Gateway.  As much as they miss real school life, this has been a good substitute and they have been able to access all online learning!  They will write their end of year Cambridge examinations starting at the end of September.  So lots of preparation work is going into those finals.

Our team has been working staggered hours but have managed to keep the boarding house and Makom-borero going and we are so thankful for their hard work and dedication.  We have learnt how to administer our own rapid Covid-19 tests, we have learnt how to run a quarantine facility, keep our students and staff safe!  It has been a massive learning curve for all of us. 

We have loved hearing from all of our students – those at University, those at school etc about how even though this time has been hard, it has also been an incredible opportunity for them to learn new skills, spend quality time with their families – seek out the silver lining amidst the hard times!  We have been so proud of all of them!  For our students studying abroad – not being able to come home has been particularly hard too!

The team has been working on launching an online learning system for our external students so that they too can benefit from online learning and not just during Covid-19 – so watch this space.  All our students – internal, external and university students have been supplied with mobile data for access to internet to help with their learning during this season.

Great News from our University Students

This is also the time of year when we are able to celebrate our students who have successfully completed their tertiary studies. We have been receiving great, inspiring news throughout the term.

Phillip graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from the Central South University in China. He is now working with the Xiangya Hospital doing research on the need for a Clinical Skills Training Center at Parirenyatwa and Harare Hospitals. Lazarus graduated online from Jacobs University in Germany where he gained a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Ruvimbo graduated from Agnes Scott University in the US - thanks to a Mastercard - ALA scholarship. She has now secured a job at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a research associate doing cancer research. We wish them the very best as they start a new chapter in their lives!

Building for the Future

Finally, we have embarked on an incredible project – we were given a property last year to open a residence for our University students.  It needs renovations and we applied for a grant to do this.  During lock down we decided this was the perfect opportunity to convert the garage at the University house into an incredible office for Makomborero.  Our admin office has always been at our house – in a tiny storeroom!  It was about time!  It has a wonderful storeroom, bathroom and kitchen area – with a big, open plan office space!  We are hoping to finish the conversion this month and move into our new office soon!  The other incredible news is that the Beit Trust has approved us for a grant to renovate the UZ Residence!  We hope to start the work in October!  It is incredibly exciting!!  Thank you Beit Trust for believing in our vision!

So as you can see Covid has limited the activities we can report on but know that we are incredibly grateful for your continued support of us and Makomborero during this hard year we find ourselves in. 

Stay Safe!

Building the new office
Building the new office
Phillip graduating in China
Phillip graduating in China
Lazarus who graduated from Germany
Lazarus who graduated from Germany
Ruvimbo graduating in the USA
Ruvimbo graduating in the USA

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An Update from Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's shutdown has been extended for a further two weeks, with the lifting of a few restrictions.  Our internal students are all in the very fortunate position to be able to continue with their studies online.  Sadly our external students do not know when schools will open and when they might be able to start studying again, as well as our University Students. We continue to stay in touch with all our students and support them and their families as best we can at this time. Meanwhile it has been heart warming to receive some good news. Congratulations to Ntombizodwa on winning the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study for her PhD at the Cambridge University in England. Her research will explore immune processes and their functions.

 

Covid-19

All of our programmes have been put on hold due to Covid-19. With Covid-19 in the background the whole of this year and seeing the devastating impact of the virus on many parts of the world we knew that it was inevitable that it would end up here at some stage. All schools were closed. We were able to send our students home with emergency food packs to hopefully help their families during the 21 day lock down we are now in and with literature on how to keep safe. Obviously due to lack of testing and funding it is very hard to tell the devastating effects of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe but we do know it is here and that we were grossly unprepared for it as a nation. We hope that this shut down will mitigate the spread but the next few months will tell.

As an office staff we have been able to work remotely. It has been a wonderful opportunity to update systems and look at how we run programmes, where we can improve and change etc. So the lock down has its advantages! It is unclear as to when we will be able to start running our programmes but we stay in constant contact with our students, supporting them and our families during this difficult time. For many of our families vending vegetables is their main source of income and this has obviously been affected by the lockdown.

We are very grateful to Mr Brands who we purchased food packs from and delivered to 44 of our Makomborero families with instant porridge, mahewu, chimodo bread mix, soya chunks, salt and 10kg mealie meal! What an incredible package of food!  Our students were sending in messages saying how wonderful the chimodo bread was in particular! Thank you to our individual donors who make this possible. We have had some sad messages of some of our families running out of food in their areas - so this arrived just in time! These parcels have been delivered to our internal and external families.  We will look to distribute one more food pack during lockdown.  Our university students have also had financial assistance for obtaining food during this period. Many of our families are not employed and their income was from selling vegetables on the side of the road, this is prohibited at the moment.

 

General Update

We celebrated 9 students coming into the boarding house this term. 5 girls and 4 boys – the first year the girls have out numbered the boys!! St Georges are now taking girls into Sixth Form and we are so grateful that they have agreed to take 4 students this year – 2 boys and 2 girls. Our partnership with Hellenic, Gateway and St Georges is crucial to the success of our internal scholarship programme. We would not be able to run this programme without them! Thank you! The adjustment to a very different culture is incredibly hard for our new students and there are often tears, cultural misunderstandings, etc and we are so proud of our students for pushing through these tough early weeks! They bravely step into sports and clubs they have never been exposed to before, mixing with super wealthy students who often take their education for granted and we see them slowly find their place at these school. With lots of encouragement from our Upper Sixth students, teachers and our staff. Welcome to the family Marshal, Trust, Tanatswa, Donell, Dadiso, Priscilla, Nicole, Ropa and Melanie.

 

Results

We are thrilled to release our results for 2019!  As always we are so proud of our students – we never say we take the cleverest students, but we take students are academically sound and who will give of their best – often seeing incredible value added.Our A-level results for our internal students writing Cambridge examinations was as follows 5A*, 12A, 3B and 1C.  Many of these results were just 1% or 2% below a higher grade!  Well done guys – you have done us proud.Our AS-level results for our internal students writing Cambridge examinations was as follows 25A, 6B, and 2C.  We are thrilled with these results and are so proud of these students and the adjustment they have made in just one year!  N.B.  there are no A* at AS-level.Our A-level results for our external students writing Zimsec examinations was as follows 18A, 8B and 3C.  You should all be so proud of yourselves as you study in schools that have struggled to function well due to the harsh economic climate. Thank you to all the teachers and schools for the incredible time investment into each one of our students!  We could not do this without you.

 

We continue to run a comprehensive life skills programme at the boarding house during the week and a few Sunday sessions a term. These sessions really help us build deeper relationships with our students and help lay a foundation for their future lives. The Albertyn family have monthly dinners at the house as a family and these evenings have turned into wonderful craft evenings where our students have been learning knotting and friendship bracelet making. This is something new to all of them and was such an incredible donation from a supporter overseas!

 

Our 14 External students have all started their sixth form studies at their high density schools and have all settled well. Welcome to the family Hendis, Tadiwanashe, Tapiwa, Spaasta, Tinotenda, Christopher, Claudette, Gerald, Lissa, Basil, Tadiwanashe, Moses, Prestige and Rejoice.We took extra external students this year. This was because we were faced with the reality of how desperate the economic situation our country is in during our testing process in December. We could see that hundreds of students were not going to go onto Sixth Form, due to finances and we wanted to play a slightly bigger role in enabling a few more to be able to go. They have all slotted into Makomborero life well and we have so enjoyed our Sunday afternoon life skills sessions with them this term. What an honour to be able to stand in the gap so to speak. With the help of local sponsors we were able to give each of our new students (internal and external) a back pack, stationary and a few other bits to help them start school.

 

Girl Mentorship Programme 

All our programmes for the year were launched with lots of training and mentorship of our leaders before hand. Thank you to our team who gave so tirelessly of themselves to get everything running so well. We launched 3 girl mentorship programmes in 3 schools – 30 Form 2 girls in total attending mentorship meetings every Saturday. What an incredible programme this is. The mentors are phenomenal as they give so tirelessly to these young ladies and we quite literally see these girls transform before our eyes! What a journey this year will be!

 

Mobile Science Lab

Our Mobile Science Lab launched again with 1 session being run every Saturday and a wonderful group of Form 3 students doing various Biology and Physics practicals – we can’t wait to welcome the next lot of students in Term 2. This is such an incredible time for these students to receive hands on experience in their subjects and also for them to be immersed in a positive, life giving learning environment. Thank you to our wonderful team of teachers for making this lab run so well!

 

NDEIPI? Training

Ndeipi programme was also launched again for this year – with 18 participants to attend a 6 session, spread throughout the year, entrepreneurial training programme in small businesses. This programme gives such hope to many of our families who are unemployed and it is a joy to see them learn and their lives change through this.

 

UK Chairman Visit

We had the privilege of having our UK Chairman come out for a week. He immersed himself fully in the life of Makomborero and we were able to share all our programmes with him. He even got to have dinner at a students house. He cheered us on, was a great sounding board and friend and we are incredibly grateful to him for coming out!

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Ntombizodwa on winning the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study for her PhD at the Cambridge University in England. Her research will explore immune processes and their functions.

" Immune responses are the core to any development of drug therapies, vaccines or healing of diseases." This couldn't have come any better time than now when the world is battling with the global pandemic like COVID-19. Ntombi hopes her research will one day work to the betterment of the healthcare standards of Zimbabwe. 
Well done Ntombi , we are so proud of you!
#Makomborero #ChangeMakers #TheFutureisFemale #changinglives#MakZimFamily #smallcharities #support

Mobile Science Lab
Mobile Science Lab
External students group
External students group
Girl Mentorship Programme
Girl Mentorship Programme
Gates Scholarship Foundation
Gates Scholarship Foundation
Milton home studying
Milton home studying
Coronavirus face masks
Coronavirus face masks

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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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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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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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Location: Sidcup, Kent - United Kingdom
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