In four weeks’ time I shall be off to Zimbabwe again to see how the work is going. One of the nicest parts of this is seeing the children themselves. Take Liberty. Liberty is an 11 year old boy in Chipinge both of whose parents have died so he lives with his grandmother and she was struggling to support him. He was quite a miserable scrap and it was very hard to get a smile out of him.
Six months later he was transformed. He had put on weight, was doing well in school and had got distinctly cheeky. When he started creeping up behind me to tickle me I knew he had become a different boy.
The past few months have been quiet as it has been term time in Zimbabwe. When I get there at the end of August we will have time to get some of the children together for a workshop to improve their English and then term will start again and with that comes school fees for 45 young people. That will make a very big hole in our bank account. You have given us money before, and maybe you support us on a regular basis, but if you can send us something to help cover the school fees we will be really grateful, and so will the children.
Our other problem this year is food. The harvests in Zimbabwe were disastrous because of drought. We are feeding all 15 kids in Shurugwi every day as this is a particularly poor area; this costs about £100.00 a week. We also make sure the children in other centres have enough food to eat. Would you like to donate a week’s worth of food for these children in Shurugwi? Perhaps you can encourage your church to remember Tariro in their harvest celebrations this year.
A cheque made out Tariro and sent to Nicolas Stebbing, House of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorks WF14 OBN is easiest, or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I can give you bank details for you to make an e-payment.
I’ll be in touch when I come back in September. In the meantime, do like our Facebook page to see regular updates and photos.
Thank you so much for your support and enjoy what’s left of summer.