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
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.
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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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Ryan Graduating
Ryan Graduating

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!  

 

Revolution Fellowship

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.

Check out http://www.resolutionproject.org for more info

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!
With love
Brian

 

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!

 

Visitors

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.

 

Prince meets a Princess
Prince meets a Princess
Clive winning his award
Clive winning his award
Dinner with Brandon's family
Dinner with Brandon's family
Matthew & Brandon's brother finding common ground
Matthew & Brandon's brother finding common ground

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I am writing again so close to our last report to apologise for our Finance section that went out yesterday.  Our office is closed at the moment, and our administration staff have been on annual leave. I thought I would be able to extract our accounts accuratly from the system for this report.  Once our Administrator came in today, she informed me that the figures I had extracted were not accurate, as the dates I extracted from the system were incorrect!

I am terribly embarrased by this and hope that you will accept my apologie and review the attached document with the ammended figures!

Kind regards and thank you for your continued support of Makomborero!

Laura Albertyn


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2017 Lower and Upper Sixth Internal students
2017 Lower and Upper Sixth Internal students

The start of the year is always really busy but it is also an exciting time with the new students coming into the house.  It is always a tough term of adjustment for them but they have settled really well!  It is wonderful to see how the Upper Sixth students support the Lower Sixth through this transition. 

 

We were very sad to hear about the passing on of one of our new students mothers.  Roy has been very brave as he has tackled the adjustments of the new school and culture he was immersed in, as well as coming to terms with life without his mother.

 

We were thrilled to announce our A-level results for 2016 for both our internal and external students. We are proud of each one of these students. These results do not define who they are - we know their worth goes far beyond results!! Their individual journeys define who they are - they are fighters, their families have made huge sacrifices to get them to this point, they have huge dreams, they have hope, they have vision. The journey doesn't end here - we wait with baited breath to see what is next?!!!

 

Summary of results:

External students - writing Zimsec examinations - the highest grade is an A
12 A’s
7 B’s
1 D

 

Internal A-level results - writing Cambridge International examinations (CIE)
4A*’s
14 A’s
7 B’s

 

Our Upper Sixth wrote their Science Olympiad exam on 2 March. We anxiously await results which come out in May.

 

We have enjoyed some wonderful Life Skills evenings at the Resource Centre on Wednesday evenings this term.  Working through some big life issues together, playing games and getting to know our new students better.  These evenings are so important in the bonding process of our students!  One of these evenings they surprised me with a birthday cake, which made me cry!  The financial sacrifice for many of them, giving something many of them have never received themselves.  I felt very humbled and honoured.

 

This year we have decided that it is important that each of our External Students receive a Solar light from us to help them study at night.  Particularly, as many of them study by candle light.  We love that Makomborero can help in such a practical way.

 

Taku in Upper Sixth at Gateway got an Honours at the Eisteddfod singing a traditional Zulu love song - Nomvula.  It was a beautiful version of the song and we were very proud of him.

 

One of our external students Ngoni is helping students in his community and impacting lives through education.  We love seeing our students blossom and this year have really committed to including our external students in more and more things that we offer to our Internal students.  We want to get to know them better!

 

Academic Colours this term

Belinda in Upper Sixth at Gateway received Full colours in Academics Academic Commendation in Chemistry and Maths.

 

Donald in Lower Sixth at Hellenic Academy received Full Academic colours for his outstanding O’level results.

 

Roy in Lower Sixth at Hellenic Academy received Half Academic Colours for his brilliant O’level results.

 

Volunteers

Tawanda approached Makomborero last year to ask if he could teach our students, voluntarily on a Saturday, Marimbas.  We were very excited at the prospect of this and our students have loved their weekly lessons.  It is wonderful to see them enjoy an instrument that is so part of Zimbabwean culture.

 

Alison came in on a Sunday afternoon and ran a fantastic session this afternoon on essay writing for university applications and help students to learn how to tell their stories. We look forward to more time with her this next term. It was wonderful to have our internal and external students at the Resource Centre.

 

UK Trustee Visit

We had a lovely two days with Sarah Hennessey, a U.K trustee. She was game for anything we through at her, immersing herself in Makomborero Zimbabwe life for the two days she was passing through Harare. She was a huge encouragement and joy to be around.  Thank you for the amazing chess boards for the Resource Centre too! The students are loving them!

 

Staff Update

We had some wonderful family news – Rumbi our

Part-time fundraiser had a little boy in January called Unashe!  Congratulations to her and her family!

 

We were also sad to say good bye to our long standing gardener Shepherd but have welcomed a new member of staff called Robson to fill his shoes and he is settling in well.

 

Mobile Science Laboratory

The Mobile Science Lab is progressing well!  A big thank you to Lazarus, Sikho, Yeukai and David for volunteering 3 days a week to finish writing our science laboratory curriculum. So wonderful having past Makomborero students give back in such a tangible way.  We hope to launch our Saturday lessons in May.

 

Fundraising

We sent an appeal out on Facebook for new batteries for our Resource Centre invertor, which runs our lights and charges a few devices when there is no electricity.  Someone very kindly donate 2 batteries! The beginning of the year always has huge expenses for us - school fees, uniforms, leadership development camps for the students, university fees. We are incredibly grateful when someone plugs the gap for us with an unexpected expense. Thank you, thank you!

 

We are also thrilled to welcome Sandvik on board as another local Zimbabwean sponsor.  They are giving funding specifically to our UZ Grant scheme and we are thrilled with this partnership.

 

So as we head into Term 2 we look forward to updating you on the rest of the year!

Learning Marimbas
Learning Marimbas
Working on the Mobile Science Lab curriculum
Working on the Mobile Science Lab curriculum

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