Tariro summer update newsletter – stories from Zimbabwe

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Dear Friends,

Do you ever wonder if it is worth going on supporting Tariro? I hope not, but here are a few reasons why we value your support and would really like you to continue:

In Shurugwi there are two delightful brothers, Tinashe and Joram (pictured here), both small for their age, who have been living for some years with their grandparents in a somewhat abusive environment. Three weeks ago we heard that the grandparents had abandoned the boys, taking with them their clothes, school uniforms and blankets (presumably to sell them), and leaving a long back log of unpaid school fees. The team in Zimbabwe had to act quickly to get the kids back into school, with proper uniforms, fees paid and with blankets to sleep in at night (it is winter there). When I heard this I was staying with some RAF chaplains who quickly promised the £1,000 that was needed to get this sorted out. The two boys now stay with a sister and we are funding all their other needs.

Another child from Shurugwi is Memory Murambadoro. She is a very clever girl now studying at Daramombe High School. Two weeks ago she had an accident and had to be taken to hospital (30 miles away). She needed treatment that cost about £700. It is marvellous we have the money to pay for that (thanks to you, of course). It is sad to think of all the kids in Zimbabwe who have accidents and don’t have the money for treatment.

This photo is of Memory and Edwin Komayi who is the administrator for the Rural Tariro work. Edwin was one of the first and original Tariro boys and he is now employed to look after the rural kids by the charity based in the Eastern Highlands that we fund, Tariro For Young People. He spends an enormous amount of time travelling on uncomfortable buses back and forth across the country to see the children. He has to find out what they need for school fees, uniforms, books, groceries and emergencies. When a child like Memory has an emergency he is there within hours (by bus) to sort it out. He also recently got married and has a baby son, so his life is very full, but he never neglects the Tariro youngsters. He has a real passion for helping them.  Indeed, ‘passion’ is a word he uses often. You need passion for this kind of work.

This next picture is of Anesu Chitsunge. Last year Anesu was plodding through Form Four in a very average kind of way and I wondered what he would do. He is a nice boy, but gauche and somewhat tongue tied. Then I found that he is a brilliant artist. In nearby Mutare there is a polytechnic with an excellent Art and Design course. I told Anesu if he could get an A in art along with 5 other key O levels he would be sent there. He was thrilled. I’ve never seen him so happy and it brought out the deeply hidden extravert in him. Now he is enthusiastically doing his first year of studies and I look forward to seeing him in September and admiring his work. I hope we can sell some of it here. That way he could pay his own way through college.

And Finally: Those of us who were able to meet up at the Grosvenor Chapel in May had a really lovely time. It was a beautiful evening and the guests were even nicer than the place. My only frustration was that I couldn’t spend more than a few minutes with each person, and missed some completely. Thank you for coming and for continuing to support us.

We would like to arrange another such gathering for those in the North – here in Mirfield. This will be on Friday 19th October, starting at 6pm with Evensong. We will send out details nearer the time but if you think you may be able to come please put it in your diary now and let me kow. Indeed, if you would like to combine this with a night or two’s stay here in the House, feel free to do so. Just contact the guest department and book yourself in.

Once again, thank you so much for supporting Tariro and for making it possible to care for these wonderful young people.

Nicolas CR



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