Mid-year update on Tariro House in Zimbabwe

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TYP 2011 JuneIn the picture here you see three of our older boys, young men really who live at Tariro House. Byrone, Fidelity and Edwin are all doing business studies; Byrone and Edwin at a local college and Fidelity at a University. They are all thoroughly delightful young men who work hard and have done well to overcome their disadvantaged backgrounds.

Byrone soon completes his studies. Our problem is what he will do then. The economy is stagnating, there is little chance of a job. He could start his own business in some way (that is what lots of people want to do) but you need people with money to buy what you sell. We are looking into the possibly of exporting things like Batiks, handcrafts etc to this country. That is feasible, but costly. We need to be sure of selling at good prices. We can’t simply feed and educate these youngsters and not get them started in life. So that is the next bit of our agenda.

When I last wrote I told you of a financial crisis we were facing. Things have improved since then as some more direct debits have appeared.  I have preached at a number of churches recently who have been generous with their offerings and have made various promises for the future.

Later in the year we should get quite a lot from Harvest Appeals and we have plans beyond that. I realise that many of you are extremely busy so I don’t ask you to do anything more. But if you want to do something the traditional English ways of raising money- coffee mornings, cake sales, concerts are relatively simple ways of keeping the money coming in. Carl Melville raised over £500 with a 10km run so evidently sponsoring that kind of activity is fruitful.

Most of you know something about Zimbabwe. Talking about Zimbabwe to people often evokes interest in doing something about it and then you can suggest a direct debit. I hope also, when our artist completes a poster, to send it out to you so that you can stick it up somewhere. Also if you are involved in a church you could, now, ask them to direct their harvest appeal towards us.

I wonder if you are all aware of our website – www.tarirouk.com – it has recently been revamped. Quite shortly there should appear some pictures of the batiks we have brought from Zimbabwe to sell for Tariro funds. I have actually sold £771 worth of them in the past few weeks; we hope to sell the rest on E-Bay.

These batiks are very attractive. For those who don’t know them they are fabrics sometimes turned into shopping bags, place mats, or left simply as wall hangings or table runners. Tariro batiqueThey are hand made in bright African colours and with designs of animals, patterns or ‘bushmen’ figures.

They come from a source in Harare where a rather uneducated Shona lady has started a business in her back garden so we support her initiate (and her 15 workers) and also contribute to Tariro’s funds.