Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students

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Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students
Help buy a school bus for Makomborero students

We say happy 2020 this is our 1st report for the Bus project. I must say we have not made much progress in terms of fundraising and towards even a tenth of the required amount. The Nissan caravan will soon be back on the road after long service. We were in the process of trying to change any of the outdated parts and just so we can extend its life on the road. Mr. K,(as affectionately known to students)  our devoted driver is in the process of having it inspected for road and safety worthiness. An insurance assessor will also be able to evaluate it once again and we will update our insurance cover. The bus remains a much needed enabling factor of the work we do at Makomborero. School children go to school, have to attend extracurricular activities and at the end of the day be safe back at the Resource Center. We continue to have an erratic supply of fuel and it has not improved despite the government's assurance that money is being invested and fuel will be available. As reported in the media Zimbabwe like many African countries in the region is run by cartels and the divide between the rich and poor continues to be wider each day. Among the shortages, we now have to queue for mealie meal which is a staple and other commodities which only come in short supply such as bread and other imported food items. We have had 2 consecutive droughts and apart from the fuel being used in the vehicles we constantly need diesel to run a generator and pump borehole water for use for the 24 people residing at the Resource Center. Life has not been easy. It takes a lot of patience and a certain level of faith to go about each day. Hope is our only "fuel" and we continue to look forward to better days.


Here is a look at some of the updates of our activities generally. In case you missed the publishing of the Newsletter.

The results of our 2019 students are in (drum roll please...!), and our 2020 intake are settling in to life in the boarding house/at their new schools. As we reflect on our amazing students, we also look back at the acts of generosity which have made all of this possible.  Thanks to each and every one of you for your continued support and encouragement - it has made such a difference to the life of each and every student. 

2019 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 who 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.



 Wee are continually amazed by the generosity of our supporters, both in the UK and in Zimbabwe - thank you! 

Your support ranges from all the donations which make it possible to run the Resource Centre (often at great sacrifice by individual sponsors and corporates in a challenging economic climate), to economic donations for our various campaigns. 

As we look back at the year, we sincerely thank all of our donors for the funds raised on GlobalGiving - we are now at an incredible $39,040.99! Thank you so much for your support so far, and we will continue to strive towards our initial target of $50,000 in 2020 - spread the word! Thanks too to GlobalGiving who enable small charities like Makomborero to have access to funding, which otherwise wouldn't be possible. 

We are so grateful to the Zimbabwe Corporate community and individuals (both in Zimbabwe and abroad) who play a big role in sustaining us as an organization, despite the general economic environment. We sincerely hope we continue in these partnerships as we build future leaders of Zimbabwe.


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Students from 1st round of tests
Students from 1st round of tests

We have not yet purchased the bus and we are still finding ways to fundraise. Prices continue to increase with the hyperinflationary conditions currently prevailing. We managed to get updated quotations locally and from South Africa. The third term is always busy and we are trying to combine so many activities. Thankfully the current upper sixes have just finished writing their exams. The testing process for 2020 scholarship students has also started, with the 1st round having been done this weekend. This saw 200 students from all over Zimbabwe coming through, all very hopeful and very gifted students. Apart from the testing they also got Lifeskills training, art session and some motivational talk from Makomborero Alumni students. It is times like this where we wish we had a bigger bus to help transport the students. We are grateful to Hellenic Academy who lent us their buses for students living in Chitungwiza which is 26kms outside Harare, the rest were dropped off in town to find other transport means to their respective homes.

This year we will be participating on the Giving Tuesday on the 3rd of December 00:00:00 ET and end at 23:59:59 ET on Dec. 3, 2019. We need to raise money from at least 20 unique donors to qualify for the bonus prizes. For more terms please follow the link on 

In other news here are some of the updates from our November newsletter:

It's nearly the end of term, and therefore prize giving with many of our students winning amazing prizes. 

Congratulations to our Gateway High School boys & girls on bringing home 2 trophies and a shield at their Prize Giving day last week. 

  • Muzi (U6) got subject prizes in Maths and Chemistry, won DHL Senior Attainment Trophy for best AS results and best Sciences student. 
  • Yeukai (L6) got subject prizes for Biology and Chemistry and the Mathematics Cup. 
  • Winnie (L6) won the subject prize in Mathematics. 

Congratulations too to our Hellenic boys, both Lower 6s and Upper 6s received prizes at the school's Annual Prize Giving Ceremony! 

 Girl Mentorship Programme

Laura visited the Girl Mentorship programme in Mufakose recently - she found it so lovely to see how the girls have found their voices! At the start of the programme some were so shy and hardly spoke a word, but they can now stand up front and debate!  We have seen huge transformations during the course of the year, and to Makomborero that is what the programme is all about - empowering the girls and giving them hope for a brighter future. We are looking forward to starting another 2 programs next year!

Thank you all for the kind donations that enabled us to get solar lights to students staying at our University Residence!  We are so grateful for the grocery donations for our University of Zimbabwe students from a local business this week. What a timely donation this has been, just when we had received messages from students saying they had run out of food!

 And so it begins...!

This past weekend an incredible team of 9 volunteers read through every one of our 450 application forms. So grateful for hours of their time, allowing the stories to be told. Each student given a place to say 'this is my story'! And for our team to consider each one. The trauma, pain, victory - inspiring beyond words!

Makomborero Zimbabwe are now gearing up for the first round of testing in 2 weeks time. This will be a memorable, life-changing weekend for 200 of our applicants, as well as an intense testing process.  We have previously blogged about our testing process, and you can read about it in more detail here, and Laura's personal take on the process here.

The logistics of receiving these 450 application forms from around the country, amidst extreme fuel shortages, has to be carefully planned, along with then contacting 200 students who don't always have access to the internet, or a phone of their own, makes this an incredibly complicated process.  But the rewards of seeing lives transformed makes it all worthwhile!

Selection process
Selection process
Gateway Prizes
Gateway Prizes
Donation of groceries
Donation of groceries

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Community service

Another fantastic term under our belt!  The students have all embraced the full winter term – lots of co-curricular extras making it a very full and busy term. We have so enjoyed seeing the Lower Sixth students find their groove in their respective schools.  They have also fitted well into the house!

 Community Service

Our Mobile Science lab sessions ran again for 12 weeks and we enjoyed getting to know the 30 participates.  They slowly warmed up and by the end of the 12 weeks deep friendships had been formed and hearts had connected.  These sessions do accomplish a great academic side but it is also our hope that each student will leave the program feeling like they are significant, have a voice and that there is hope even if life is incredibly hard.  I think our fantastic team accomplished that!  Saturday’s for many of these students are their lifelines!

Our Girl Mentorship Programme continued during this term and we have thoroughly enjoyed the delights of girls from Mufakose and Mbvuku.  Their faithfulness to the program and their hunger to grow, learn and change has been inspiring.  These girls are blossoming and the mentors who facilitate each week are true heroes.  Giving up their Saturday mornings to feed life into each one of these girls lives.  We ended the term with a fabulous lunch at our Resource Centre and were thrilled to team up with Pad Up and give each of our girls a set of reusable sanitary pads.

 NDEIPI? Entrepreneurship

Makomborero finished the NDEIPI? Entrepreneurship program with 25 people completing the course. We look forward to their graduation at the end of the year. This course is all about teaching people how to fish, rather than just giving them a fish, as the saying goes! We have seen it reigniting hope in many of our Makomborero families' eyes! Watch this space for some incredible testimonies!

These words couldn't describe this process better, in the words of John Perkins: 

"Go to the people.
Live among them. 
Learn from them. 
Love them. 
Start with what they know. 
Build on what they have. 
But of the best leaders, 
when their task is accomplished, 
when their work is done...
the people will remark: 
"We have done it ourselves."

Past Students

We had a reunion dinner at the Resource Centre in July for all our students past and present.  It was a special evening seeing Makomborero Siblings reunited and a little overwhelming for our current students as their space was invaded by so many confident young men and woman.  It was a wonderful opportunity for us to look back and celebrate all that has been accomplished. Many of our students use the summer break as an opportunity to come and give back to their communities, running their own little projects.  It is always inspiring to see them do this! 

It has been wonderful to celebrate so many students graduating this year - Clive graduated in Engineering at the Arizona State University, Ntombizodwa also graduated from the same university with a Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Chemistry (Biochemistry), Pamela graduated at the West Virginia University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering, Clarety who graduated in Biochemistry at Barnard College, Columbia University, Taringana 2nd graduation in Engineering at Dartmouth College and Blessing who graduated in Computer Engineering as one of the top 20 international students. He received awards (Samsung tablet) from the President of Turkey.

We have also bid farewell to 10 students as they go off to study in the States, Mauritius, Botswana, and Scotland.  What an exciting start to a new season for them!  We also celebrate our students who are commencing their tertiary education at the University of Zimbabwe and NUST and have been so humbled by local businesses that continue to help us pay these University Fees, as well as give living stipends and groceries for our students!  Without these sponsors, we would not be able to continue supporting 25 Makomborero University students.

We have continued to meet regularly with the Zimbabwean University students and has spent this term talking into mental health and how to cope in the current very stressful economic environment, as well as studying.

Girls end of term Lunch
Girls end of term Lunch
Partnership with Pad Up Zimbabwe
Partnership with Pad Up Zimbabwe
Enterpreneurs Hub Training in Chitungwiza
Enterpreneurs Hub Training in Chitungwiza
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Location: Sidcup, Kent - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @MakomboreroUK
Project Leader:
Laura Albertyn
Sidcup, Kent United Kingdom

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