Celebrating 15 years

Celebrating 15 years

Dear Friends, It was 15 years ago when I first stepped onto Zimbabwean soil and met the children of Tsungirirai Orphan Care Centre. It was a time when having HIV was still a death sentence. In America, the new antiretroviral (ARV) drugs showed promise, but it would be years before most African countries could afford them. The country was being […]

Programs and Projects in 2016

Programs and Projects in 2016

Each year we assess our programs to see what is working and what might need to be tweaked a little. We are happy to report very few changes to our programs in 2016. Overall, the children are doing well and we are happy with what we are seeing. EXTRA LESSONS We do everything we can to ensure that children are […]

It’s a Small World

It’s a Small World

In his first year at Tufts, Craig grew used to telling classmates he was from Zimbabwe. Few could locate his country on a blank map and even fewer had ever heard of Harare, the capital city. So when a fellow soccer player pressed Craig, “but where in Zimbabwe are you from?” Craig answered with, a vague “outside Harare.” He figured […]

High Standards for All

High Standards for All

We currently provide scholarships to fifty children. The youngest is in preschool and the oldest is about to begin a degree in community development. Being consistent about our expectations for this many children has been challenging at times, but last year we worked closely with teachers, children, and C4C staff to identify the minimum requirements acceptable for children at each […]

Letter from Liz

Letter from Liz

Dear Friends, On my last trip to Zimbabwe I spent one afternoon snapping photos of happy children as they sang and danced barefoot at the orphan care center.  After a little while, I felt a gaggle of boys trailing behind me.  I could hear them giggling and making CLICK, CLICK sounds with their mouths.  When I looked at them I […]


News

Global Giving

Global Giving

It’s not uncommon to hear parents in Medfield, Massachusetts say that the reason they moved to town was the schools.  It’s true that Medfield schools have an outstanding reputation.  But it’s not just high test scores and an award winning music program that make them special. Character Counts Teachers in Medfield work hard to cultivate character traits such as honesty, […]

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Our Children

Notes from a Home Visit

Notes from a Home Visit

I knew we were close, but I didn’t see any homes. I thought our destination must be one of the small outdoor kitchens used for cooking over fire. It wasn’t until I noticed a shabby wood door that I realized I was looking at a home. I saw a look pass over the mother’s face when she saw four of […]

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Success Stories

Making Connections

Making Connections

Chiedza Child Care Centre strives for connection. Under their new director, Spiwe Chakawa, every staff member at Chiedza, from the gardener to the accountant, is assigned 20 children. The adult is asked to build a safe and trusting relationships with their cohort.  Groups meet weekly and take small field trips together.  Spiwe stated, “To my 20 children, I am not […]

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Volunteer Experiences

Kayley’s Impressions

Kayley’s Impressions

Dear C4C Friends, I have never been to Africa before, so you can imagine the response I received when I suddenly told my family and friends that I had booked a ticket to Zimbabwe for 2 weeks. Reactions were mixed, but the overall conclusion was that I would need a “spa day” when I returned from my trip; and after […]

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Recent Posts

Celebrating 15 years

Celebrating 15 years

Dear Friends, It was 15 years ago when I first stepped onto Zimbabwean soil and met the children of Tsungirirai Orphan Care Centre. It was a time when having HIV was still a death sentence. In America, the new antiretroviral (ARV) drugs showed promise, but it would be years before most African countries could afford them. The country was being […]

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Programs and Projects in 2016

Programs and Projects in 2016

Each year we assess our programs to see what is working and what might need to be tweaked a little. We are happy to report very few changes to our programs in 2016. Overall, the children are doing well and we are happy with what we are seeing. EXTRA LESSONS We do everything we can to ensure that children are […]

read more

Marimba Concerts Raise Money for C4C

Marimba Concerts Raise Money for C4C

We’d like to give a grateful shout-out to music teachers Dave Ruggiero (known affectionately as Mr. R) and Scott Tarantino. For the past several years, these inspirational men have organized a marimba concert to benefit C4C.  Between donations at the door and the sale of wire crafts, this year’s concert raised almost $700. During the concert, musicians, some as young […]

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It’s a Small World

It’s a Small World

In his first year at Tufts, Craig grew used to telling classmates he was from Zimbabwe. Few could locate his country on a blank map and even fewer had ever heard of Harare, the capital city. So when a fellow soccer player pressed Craig, “but where in Zimbabwe are you from?” Craig answered with, a vague “outside Harare.” He figured […]

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Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors

 

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High Standards for All

High Standards for All

We currently provide scholarships to fifty children. The youngest is in preschool and the oldest is about to begin a degree in community development. Being consistent about our expectations for this many children has been challenging at times, but last year we worked closely with teachers, children, and C4C staff to identify the minimum requirements acceptable for children at each […]

read more

Kayley’s Impressions

Kayley’s Impressions

Dear C4C Friends, I have never been to Africa before, so you can imagine the response I received when I suddenly told my family and friends that I had booked a ticket to Zimbabwe for 2 weeks. Reactions were mixed, but the overall conclusion was that I would need a “spa day” when I returned from my trip; and after […]

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Field Trip!

Field Trip!

Recently Vitalis requested funds to take all the C4C children on educational trips during school vacations.  His hope was for the children to spend more time bonding, but also for them to see people who are worse off than they are “so they might appreciate what they have.” The bonding part I understood. Years ago children met at Tsungirirai Orphan […]

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Notes from a Home Visit

Notes from a Home Visit

I knew we were close, but I didn’t see any homes. I thought our destination must be one of the small outdoor kitchens used for cooking over fire. It wasn’t until I noticed a shabby wood door that I realized I was looking at a home. I saw a look pass over the mother’s face when she saw four of […]

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Thank you to Covidien

Thank you to Covidien

Covidien, an international leader in the sale of medical products, has the motto, “positive results for life” and they are putting that motto into action. Not only is Covidien a company that matches employee gifts to charitable organizations, but they also provide direct support to charitable organizations through the donation of medical supplies and cash. This year, Covidien donated over […]

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