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
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
Students at Jonas Primary
Students at Jonas Primary

This is our busiest term, end of year Cambridge exams have already started. We wish all our students the very best. We are grateful to you our sponsors for ensuring they have had all they require to get to this final stage for many of them!  We are also grateful for the in-kind donations we have received at the Resource Center (RC).  These included solar panels to help keep our invertor running during the power cuts, especially at this critical exam time. The students were also given toothbrushes and stationery from Australia - these little things are big deals! We are often so overwhelmed by the generosity of individuals giving what they can when they can!  Every contribution plays a part in keeping Makomborero going!  It is heartwarming especially as Zimbabwe is going through a difficult transitionary phase. We have had to deal with fuel shortages, price increases across the board and hyperinflationary conditions. This has been punctuated by a Cholera outbreak in Harare and other parts of the country. We have had to be extra vigilant with hygiene at the RC and help our student's families with detergents and water purifying chemicals, as a control mechanism.  It has been an honour to be able to do this!

 

Makomborero Camp

The August School holidays were ended with our Makomborero Camp, where all of our current students (internal and external) come together for 3 days at the Resource Center. The first day was a full day of community service and this time we went to Jonas Primary school, in the communal lands to the south of Harare where we did blackboard painting. The Headmaster and staff were very grateful for the gesture, as they are celebrating their 100year anniversary. It was a good experience for all the students being able to give back and see how little things can impact lives. Other highlights of the camp was the 3D printing workshop run by the MakerClub, what an eye-opener for most students. The camp also had focused group discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The students demonstrated a great level of awareness and we took time to encourage them to engage in social entrepreneurship, finding solutions in their communities to the problems they face. The camp concluded with a combined birthday party for everyone with games and much fanfare. The camp was a great opportunity for the students to bond as a family, to feel motivated for the term ahead and encourage each other as some reach the end of their Makomborero journey.

Fundraising

We held our annual Fundraiser the Openair movie screening at Hellenic Academy again this year. We were thrilled to be able to screen the movie "The Greatest Showman" starring Hugh Jackman and many others. The support was incredible. We are grateful to Hellenic Academy for their generosity towards us in allowing us to use their facilities and a big thank you to the families who came through to support. We are very grateful to Zim Openair Cinemas for this valuable partnership.

Students Achievements

We celebrated with Ntombi, a rising senior at Arizona State University for winning the African Young Achievers Award for Academic Excellence.

Roy and Shyline, current upper sixth students both had the privilege to attend the Yale Young Global Scholars 2018 programme in America. Life changing opportunity and very enriching academically and culturally.

Clarety and Rufaro led the Davis Peace Project, Facilitating Equal Access to Modern Education: A Road to a Peaceful Society, at Seke 1 High School in Chitungwiza. It was attended by over 70 students and many of our current and past students took part as volunteers.

We are excited to have four more students graduate this year, Rodwell who was studying Electronics and Electrical Engineering in Brunei. We also are proud of 3 of our local University grant scheme beneficiaries at the University of Zimbabwe. Paidamoyo graduated in Pharmacy, Chido - Business Studies (Banking & Finance) and Lawrence who was studying Geoinformatics and Surveying. We wish them the very best in their next phase, as they begin to look for jobs and find their way in life. It was Prizes galore at St Georges as all six of our boys won awards at the Speech and Prize Giving night. The boys are flourishing under the care of the school.

Visitors from the UK

We are thankful for the Campbell's who came to visit Makomborero all the way from the UK. They fully immersed themselves into the life of Makomborero, spending time with staff and students. They were hosted by Peter's family (a lower sixth student) for dinner, what a lovely evening and it gave them an opportunity to appreciate where our students come from and the hardships that their families face.

2019 Scholarships!

We have begun sending out forms for the 2019 scholarship applications. There is greater interest from across the country with students hoping to get one of the few places given. This process shall soon be followed with the selection and testing process to ensure we select the right students.  

This is a brief summary of what we have achieved over the last 3 months but if you would like further information, please do follow us on Facebook.

Blackboard painting
Blackboard painting
Combined birthday party
Combined birthday party
Davies project in Chitungwiza
Davies project in Chitungwiza
Ntombi African Achievers Award
Ntombi African Achievers Award
Rodwell Graduation
Rodwell Graduation
Openair screening
Openair screening
Campbells visit
Campbells visit

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Graduating students
Graduating students

Second term of the schools is always the longest and the busiest season of the school calendar and this year was no exception. It is always a delight to have the parents and students of the external students come around to the Resource Centre to collect their proof of payment for their school fees and examinations fees. We had a great chance to connect with them and get to know them a little better.

The Girl Mentorship Programme and The Mobile Lab kicked off in earnest. We have shared previously on the Girl Mentorship Programme as this has a specific campaing attached to it. We have watched our past students shoulder the responsibility of leading the programme and the transformation within themeselves has been ernomous. The 9 girls of Mufakose have experienced and learnt so much.  They have gained confidence and are starting to believe in themselves again. We just can't wait to see what the future holds for them!

The Science Mobile lab this term brings together 25 students from 8 different high density schools. The Science teachers are amazed week after week by the enthusiasm the students have towards the Biology experiments, which all helps to reinforce how practical lessons are an essential part of education and in shaping the pupils' world views.

The Upper Sixth external students had an incredible life changing out door camp in Nyanga, where they were taught on Leadership and Teamwork. It was an experience none of them had ever experienced before! We received some very positive reviews from the Camp leaders and we thank them so much for putting together a wonderful programme for our students. These students school are not able to offer them these opportunities and it is wonderful that Makomborero can!

Graduation

We continue to celebrate our full circle, since last year we saw our first group of pionneer students graduate and this year again the celebrations continue. We had our first female graduate. Lisa graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Biochemistry (Premedical Studies) We are so proud of Lisa for being a torch bearer for the other female students at Makomborero.Congratulations to Tinashe who graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from African University. He was 2nd best Undergrad student and Best Innovative graduating student! We are also so incredibly proud of Taringana who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College! We can't wait to see what the future holds for these hardworking young leaders and there will be a few more graduations to come this year!

News from our students

We are proud of what our students have been up to and that they continue to be exemplary and show their leadership qualities every step of their educational journey. Prince had an opportunity for the 2nd time around to meet Her Royal Highness Princess Anne who is also the Chancellor of Edinburgh University. Prince together with four other students was part of and exclusive gathering with some of the top Funders of the University. He was also part of a nine member team that won the UK Enactus Championships and they will travel to California for the World Championships in October. We wish them all the best. For the first time we had 14 of our students qualify for the Science Olympiad. They had an opportunity to travel to South Africa for the Sasol Science Focus Week. 3 of them did very well with Shaun and Roy winning prizes in the top 10! At the same time in South Africa, our past students Tinashe and Rufaro where finalists at the V- Fest at the ALA Decennial celebrations.

They both had an opportunity to reconnect with fellow Makomborero students from different year groups.

Shylline, a current upper sixth student is in America for a 2 week programme at Yale University, The Yale Global Scholars Programme. We thank our sponsors for making it possible for her to travel.

Five of our 2016 past students have started their month long orientation at Rochester University. We thank MasterCard – ALA for the scholarships and for looking after our students. They will be starting their journey in tertiary education some in Germany, Canada and American universities and we wish them all the best. We are also proud of the Internships that Ntombi, Prince and Phillip have been doing in their respective areas of study. We also got to learn of Ngoni’s successful entrepreneurship journey in his community of Chitungwiza. While on his Gap year he started a LP Gas business, through this time he has managed to repay the loan he borrowed to start the venture and now as he leaves for school his mother and young brother can rely on the business for their sustenance. Our past students have also been engaging in enriching community service project . Joseph has been involved in teaching at his former school, while Ngoni was also participating in mentorship classes at Seke 4 High School. Prince was also instrumental in the Kids in Tech programme at his former workplace, Netro Electronics.

Two Makomborero students, Taku and Roy were part of the theatrical presentation of the acclaimed Lion King. According to local reviews it has been the best so far. We thank the Harare Youth Choir for giving our students an opportunity to showcase their talent on live stage! Though very busy, they loved every minute of it and the whole Makomborero family enjoyed a night out to watch the boys perform.

We are delighted for Belinda who was awarded the Botstiber Scholarship Programme at Penn State and will be leaving in August. From the same year group is Takudzwa, who becomes our third student at Edinburgh University. He travels in September to start his degree in Engineering and we hope with his love for music, he will be able to further enhance his talent there.

Fundraising

We are thankful to Leonie and her 10yr old son Toby who climbed Yorkshire 3 peaks to raise money for Makomborero. We are grateful for every effort our sponsors put in to complement our work.

We also received a book donation through a company, which has helped enrich our Resource Centre library.

Michael, a 2016 past student also kindly donated a Physics kit for the Science Mobile Lab. This will enable us to conduct experiments on Electronics. We are forever grateful to him for using his hard earned money to give back to Makomborero in such a special way. We look forward to starting the Physics experiments in the coming terms. We are so thankful to all our donors and everyone who works so hard for Makomborero to be what it is today. All this work is made possible by the sacrifices that each one of you makes.

Sad News

The Makomborero family is still grappling with the sad loss of one of our 2015 past external student, Takudzwa. He was enrolled at the Charles Prince Airport for his Pilot licence. At the time of his death, Taku was doing his practical with the Air Force of Zimbabwe where he collapsed and died during training. Taku will be solely missed. What a young life and full of potential. Within the same week we received sad news once again. Our House Mother, Dinnis’ son passed on in Capetown. He was studying for a Masters in Molecular Biology. He succumbed to embolism in the heart. What an accomplished young man he was. We say may they both rest in peace and we continue to remember both families throughout this difficult time.

All this and more is shared in detail on our Facebook page. Kindly invite friends and family to like our page. As we conclude the Term we wish our students all the best in their mid-year exams and wish them a restful holidays ahead.  Thank you again for your continued support of all that we do!

External students Camp
External students Camp
2018 external students and parents
2018 external students and parents
Students at Rochester
Students at Rochester
Taku and Roy at Lion King
Taku and Roy at Lion King
Prince and Her Royal Highness Princess Anne
Prince and Her Royal Highness Princess Anne
Girl Mentorship Programme
Girl Mentorship Programme
MakZim Family
MakZim Family

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Girl Mentorship Programme
Girl Mentorship Programme

We love the start of each New Year – it is filled with such hope and expectation.  It is also an incredibly hard adjustment for our new Lower Sixth Students coming into the house.  It takes all term and they are brave and courageous as they face a completely different culture in the Boarding House and at their new schools.  BUT they are all doing so well and as we reflect over the term we can see how well they are adjusting!  Welcome Patrice, Muzi, Martha, Tinaye, Simba and Tino!

Also, welcome to our new Lower Sixth External students – we were so pleased to be able to give you each a solar light and backpack kindly donated to us for you. Not only our external students but our internal students too received backpacks. These were so generously donated to us by IH Group and a wonderful past student that Mark taught at Hellenic. Often people are unsure how they can help but these kinds of donations make such a huge impact on our student's lives!

We were also thrilled to receive our examination results for 2017 this term.   AS Results: 21A’s,10B’s, 5C’s, A-level Results: 2A*’s, 9A’s, 7B’s, 8C’s and 1D and Zimsec (External Students) 13A’s2B, 2D, 3E’sTop of Form

Tino started with us in January and sadly got an infected handed which went to sepsis very quickly.  It was a very painful experience for him and an incredibly difficult time for us trying to access health care for him.  It highlighted the desperate state of our health care system in Zimbabwe and we were very thankful we had the funds to mix private and Government cover for him.  He has made a full recovery and is settling into school life well!  He has also been selected to attend a 3-week exchange programme with a Jesuit school in Boston.  What an incredible opportunity this will be for him.

Roy, Munya and Brandon received full academic colours at their respective schools for their outstanding AS results – well done you guys!!  Chiko also received half colours for Cross Country this term – a sport he never knew how good he was at!   Shyline has also been on a journey of discovery with her sprinting, shot put and hammer throwing – she’s really good!  Isabel, Lincoln and Patrice have done exceptionally well in Chess and Isabel have made it to the Nationals over the Easter holiday.  Roy and Donald took part in the choirs that performed in the Eisteddfod, winning Honours in a few categories.  We love seeing our students discover new talents!

We had a fantastic movie night with all our students – we went to go and see Black Panther.  What a wonderfully empowering and inspiring movie.  It was also an incredibly fun evening, especially as for most of our student it was their first time at the movies!

Our Life Skills sessions have been lively this term with fantastic opportunities to chat, share and build deeper relationships with our internal students.  These have been such a highlight of the term!  The students learn lots and so do we!  We were able to implement our Safe Guarding policy at the beginning of the term, as we do each year and in light of the Oxfam scandal to know that we have a policy in place already is very reassuring.

 

Mobile Science Laboratory

Our Mobile Science Laboratory has kicked off this year with two sessions running every Saturday, with students from all over Harare.  It is exciting to see our teachers and volunteers run with this programme with such passion week in and week out.  We are seeing students gain confidence and love what they are learning each week.  We look forward to Term 2 and the new students that will join us.

 

Girl Child Mentorship Programme

In collaboration with ALA Mastercard and our past Makomborero Zimbabwe young ladies, we will be launching our Girl Mentorship Programme in May.  This is an incredible opportunity for us to impact vulnerable girls who could very easily drop out of school due to many factors.  These young girls will be roughly 14 years of age and we have been working on a curriculum and planning an exciting project that will run for the rest of this year.  More details will follow as we launch a Little by Little campaign on GlobalGiving to fund this life-changing project.  What makes this project sustainable is that it will be Makomborero past students who run the weekly meetings.  Young ladies who know first hand the struggles these young girls face.

 

GlobalGiving

We were thrilled to host GlobalGiving for an afternoon in March where they came to inspect our operations and how we run Makomborero Zimbabwe.  It is wonderful to partner with an organisation that checks on the integrity of an organisation, making sure that donors funding is being spent well and on what the money was donated for.  They were such an encouragement to us and kept saying they were blown away at what we do.  We feel their visit is a huge endorsement for us. 

 Volunteers

We love our volunteers to come in and help in specific areas of need.  Saskia for her incredibly inspiring English lessons on a Friday, Alison for her fantastic knowledge of writing essays for university applications, Tsungi for his help with our Life Skills sessions this term and Patricia Mutumha from Nicoz Diamond for inspiring our 2017 leavers on their career choices.  Without volunteers, it would be very hard to do what we do!

 

Thank you

A big thank you to all our corporate and individual sponsors who really do make it possible to do what we do!  Your support is so valued!  Thank you, Thank you for continuing to choose to partner with us.

We were also so grateful to have Simba, one of our UK Trustees out to visit as term closed.  We are incredibly thankful to our UK board for their dedication and commitment to Makomborero and all that we do.

 


Black Panther , Movie night
Black Panther , Movie night
GlobalGiving Certificate
GlobalGiving Certificate
Holly and Norman from GlobalGiving
Holly and Norman from GlobalGiving
UK oard member , Simba's visit
UK oard member , Simba's visit
Mobile lab sessions
Mobile lab sessions

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Destiny Graduation
Destiny Graduation

Well, we made it to the end of another year!  It is always incredible to look back and see everything that has been accomplished in the year and this year is no different.

During the August school holidays, we had a wonderful 3-day camp with our Internal and External Students at the Resource centre.  What a fantastic few days together - fun games, team building workshops, robots, writing workshops – community service in the rural areas, as well as celebrating all the students birthdays at a fun-filled party!  What a fabulous way to start the term!

There are 3 Prize Giving evenings to fit in before exams begin and we love the opportunity these evenings offer us to celebrate our students' achievements and to reflect on their times at their incredible schools.

Awards and Prize Giving – St Georges

  • Chiko – Rector’s L6 Commendation and Coffin Prize in L6 Maths.
  • Brandon – Rector’s L6 Commendation and Blackbeard L6 in Geography.
  • Munya – Major L6 Commendation

 Awards and Prize Giving - Gateway High

  • Taku came 4th in the whole of Zimbabwe in the Zimbabwean Maths Olympiad
  • Belinda - Subject Prizes for Maths and Biology and Carnduff Trophy for outstanding Club Leadership.
  • Ruramai – Subject Prize for Chemistry and Physics and Science Trophy

 Awards and Prize Giving – Hellenic Academy

  • Chenai – received a trophy for best AS results and prizes for Mechanics, General Paper and Accounting.
  • Donald – Best in Economics L6 Prize.

Incredibly two of our students were made prefects at their respective schools this year – well done Kuda and Donald.  So proud of you both with the huge cultural adjustment this first year has been and to also be able to stand out enough for your leadership qualities to be noticed!  We know you will serve your schools well over the coming year.Various Upper Sixth students enjoyed their leaver's dancers at their respective schools and we always love seeing them dressed up!

Our students conquered the examination season with determination and stamina!  We look forward to their results in the new year.  Even though it is a term filled with exams – we still manage to accomplish quite a bit and have a lot of fun.  The swimming pool brought much stress relief during this time!

Our Annual Graduation is always a very memorable event – a wonderful time to bid our students farewell, look back over their time with Makomborero and celebrate who they have become with their parents, teachers, schools, corporate and individual sponsors.  It is always such a highlight of our year!  Find below the link to a short video of the wonderful afternoon.

Makomborero’s Christmas party is always a highlight of the year – Internal and External students, Makomborero Staff and family coming together for games and food and a present from Santa!  A very special way to end the year!!!

Have a little watch of this great video!

Congratulations!

A huge congratulation to Chenai on getting into Harvard on a full scholarship! We are thrilled - what a journey this amazing young lady has been on.

Congratulations also to Destiny (Pioneer Student 2012) on graduating from Lipscomb University, with a Computer Science and Mathematics Degree. He starts his job with Goldman Sachs in January as a Technology Analyst.

We can also celebrate as all 5 of our university graduates are employed, all in their areas of expertise! This is huge in a country where unemployment is in the 90% and is a testimony to the long-term impact that Makomborero has!

 UK Visit

I had the incredible opportunity to visit the UK in November to attend a Makomborero event and speak to supporters and people looking in to support the work that we do.  This was a wonderful opportunity, humbling and incredibly encouraging. 

Selection Process 2018

Every year we say it gets harder, but honestly, it does.  Mark and I, with our Makomborero team, have just gone through the gruelling process of deciding which of the many worthy candidates who apply for a scholarship should be accepted. Laura tells us a bit more about the students coming into the house this year: 

"The stories of lives affected by the dire economic situation our country faces become more heart wrenching every year! Of the 500+ applications that we received this year, we invited 200 of these amazing students to the first round of testing.  It is a joy to meet all these students and get to know them a little throughout this process. We often get text messages afterwards saying they are sad not to have made it but what they gained from the testing process will stay with them forever. It is so much more than just testing!  It is often giving students their first experiment of the practical side of a subject, building relationships, having teachers invest fully into them, being treated as a person and not just a number, and that their voice wants to be head and holds value. We love watching all of our past and current students help out during this process, and seeing them reach out and build relationships too. The final part of the process involves visiting the homes of our short list of students.  These home visits are always emotional but also so incredibly humbling to be welcomed into a strangers home and leave friends. Some homes have this incredible atmosphere, despite what the family are facing. Laughter, joy etc.

So we welcome 8 new Internal Students into the Resource centre and 10 new External Students.  We so look forward to getting to know them. 6 have already started at Hellenic and St Georges and the last two will start this week at Gateway. Our external students are waiting for their O'Level results.

Please keep our new students in your thoughts as they make these huge cultural adjustments into their new schools.
"

 

Happy New year

We want to thank all our long-term donors – corporate and individuals who have continued to stand by us through some really tricky months in Zimbabwe.  We hope this year will see things improving in Zimbabwe and more and more students accessing an education. Makomborero continues to stay committed to its vision and is excited for whatever the new year holds.

 

Thank you all and a very Happy New Year!

Recruitment process
Recruitment process
Home Visits
Home Visits
Makomborero hosts Danai Children's Christmas party
Makomborero hosts Danai Children's Christmas party
Christmas party
Christmas party
Chenai gets Harvard Scholarship
Chenai gets Harvard Scholarship
Celebrations at our Christmas Party
Celebrations at our Christmas Party

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Gateway Prize Giving Day
Gateway Prize Giving Day

The lovely purple bloom of the Jacaranda trees in Zimbabwe is a sure sign of the beginning of the Examination season. Exams are indeed in progress and we wish all our students, all the best.

Term 3 is marked by Speech and Prize-giving functions for all the schools we partner with and we are always proud to see our students being honoured for their achievements, both academically and in extracurricular activities. It was prizes galore at Gateway High School with 4 of our students (Belinda, Ruramai, Kuda and Shyline) all scooping academic prizes. Taku also at Gateway came 4th in the Zimbabwean Maths Olympiad.  Well done to all of you!

Munya and Chiko won prizes at St Georges. It’s heart-warming to watch these boys grow and flourish in their new learning environment.

Another special Prize Giving evening at Hellenic Academy too, Chenai and Donald both received academic prizes.  Donald, L6th student, was made Prefect at Hellenic. He becomes the 4th Makomborero Prefect; we have had 2 at Hellenic, 1 at St Georges and 1 at Gateway. We are so proud of him.  It’s often hard for our students’ leadership abilities to be recognised only 9 months into their new school, as they make huge cultural adjustments so when they do stand out we are super proud and excited.

Recruiting is underway for 2018!  We are in the process of collecting Application forms from schools and individuals for our 2018 students.  We can't believe it is that time of year again!

 

Students’ updates

Four (4) of our Lower 6th students qualified for the Yale Africa Initiative. Shyline and Roy went to Rwanda; Kuda travelled to Uganda and Isabel attended the session in Zimbabwe. This was a great opportunity for them to learn and interact with their peers from different countries.

We bid farewell to 6 students off to start university life internationally and locally (4 students) at the UZ and NUST.

We celebrated our first two UZ graduates Simba and Terrence and incredibly both have been able to secure their first jobs.  Simba is a Pharmacist at a major referral hospital and Terrence will be working for a big engineering group. Brian also graduated from NUST as an Actuarial Scientist with UK qualifications too.  We are still hoping he will find a job soon.  So proud of these young men.

It’s always great having our past students around on their holidays back in Zim. This last month we had Tinashe Z, a 4th-year Computer Engineering student at Izmir Institute of Technology in Turkey.  During his time in Zim, he has been interning at Women’s University in Africa in their department of Information Technology. 

 

Mobile Science Lab

We completed our first 7-week Biology pilot Sessions in our Mobile Science Laboratory. It was learning curve but also such an awesome opportunity to see students doing the practical side of their Biology syllabus. We thank Tongai our Science teacher and his assistant Stuart for leading the sessions. Our students, both past and present volunteered throughout in setting up and in the running of the programme.  We look forward to welcoming many, many more students in our Mobile Science Lab.

 

Makomborero Camp

We were able to hold a 3-day camp at our Resource Centre for our internal and external students.  This was a great opportunity for our students to bond and build deep lasting relationships, as well as hopefully learn something!

The programme started with Community service at a rural school 60kms east of Harare. The school Head was very grateful for our effort in improving their pupils' learning experience by painting all their blackboards, including the wooden boards used outside for lessons under the trees. The newly painted boards surely bring a glimmer of hope to some of the most marginalised communities in Zimbabwe!

Our Students also had a fantastic day with the Maker Club, making 4 legged robotic walkers, as well as various leadership sessions. During one of the evening sessions, students were challenged to present on how bringing life to Sustainable Development Goals for Africa is possible and how they can impact their communities. This was an incredibly inspiring evening! The last day of camp ended with a birthday party for all of the students with some great games. 

 

Fundraising

During September we held 2 events, a Music and Arts Concert organised by Tinashe one of our pioneer students and a fantastic Open-air Movie screening of SING in partnership with Openair Cinemas. We thank Hellenic Academy for their great support in both events and everyone who managed to attend. In these hard economic times every little count. We also thank our wonderful GlobalGiving family for their continued support in making the work of Makomborero possible. So many individuals give so generously.

 

Upcoming Events

We are extremely pleased to invite you to join us to get Up Close and Personal with Makomborero. This year, our event will be held at the Institute of Directors on the 21st November and will give guests the opportunity to meet two of Zimbabwe's finest exports - Charlegne and Prince.  These two Makomborero success stories are now both studying at Edinburgh University on Mastercard scholarships. We also look forward to our Annual Graduation Ceremony in Harare, as we say goodbye to the class of 2017 and the end of year Christmas party for all our students.

4 legged Robot
4 legged Robot
Donald Prefect at Hellenic
Donald Prefect at Hellenic
Community service
Community service
Charlegne and Prince  at Edinburgh University
Charlegne and Prince at Edinburgh University
Makomborero's Pharmacist: Simba
Makomborero's Pharmacist: Simba
Engineer Tinashe Z.
Engineer Tinashe Z.

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