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A Day You Will Never Forget?

On the 30th of October 2008, the sky was vivid blue and had a hot wind blowing the dust.  I woke up in the morning feeling very weak.  My mind was so stressed with my mum’s illness because she was no longer able to eat.  That morning we had a wonderful conversation.  I did not know it was the last […]

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Lisbon Makes It

Lisbon Makes It

It’s somewhat unusual to see cars in Norton.  Most of the vehicles speeding past are combies (small minivans packed with more humans than seems possible), so it was with some surprise that I noticed a clean white Buick pull up in front of Vitalis’s house. When I looked, I realized that the driver of the car was Lisbon. “Behind every […]

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In Memory

In Memory

Coalition for Courage admits children based on leadership skills and academic standing.  We do not inquire about a child’s HIV status.  Unfortunately, due to lack of access to HIV drugs, some children born to HIV positive mothers are infected at birth.  When we discover a child is HIV positive, a portion of sponsorship funds pays for additional food and medical […]

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Graduates!

Graduates!

Coalition for Courage has now existed for long enough that a number of “children” have graduated and become gainfully employed, a feat that is quite amazing in a country where the unemployment rate is over 80%. According to the CIA World Factbook, Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate is 95% (2009 estimate that “also reflects under employment; true unemployment  is unknown, and under […]

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Update on the Pad Group

Update on the Pad Group

In July of 2010, volunteer and long time C4C donor, Bridget McBride taught a group of 60 girls how to make washable pads. This past August, I got to sit down with the girls to see how their income generating project had fared over the past year. I was hopeful that they might have made some money, but having worked […]

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Heather’s Trip to Zimbabwe

Heather’s Trip to Zimbabwe

I’ve been all over Africa – from the remote Namibian coastline to the glacial peak of Mount Kilimanjaro – but nothing quite compares to my trip to Norton this past July. Since Liz and I landed in Harare at night, my first look at Zimbabwe was all that could be seen in the headlight beams—mostly people walking along dark roads […]

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How a School Can Help

How a School Can Help

Is your school or classroom looking for a way they can make a difference and give to a good charity? There are many simple things classrooms can do to raise money, and with some friendly competition, it’s amazing how much cash can roll in! Coalition for Courage has worked with a handful of schools and classrooms with great success!   […]

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Plight of the Girl Child

Plight of the Girl Child

In many African countries, due to a combination of poverty, culture, and the HIV epidemic, girls are denied some of the freedoms, rights and opportunities that are routinely given to boys. As poverty increases, families are forced to make hard decisions around food, education and healthcare. It is the girl child who usually bears the burden. She is the first […]

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Sal’s Inspiration

Fourteen year old Sal Sprofera, a former student at Dale Street School, was so touched by stories about children at Tsungirirai that he dedicated himself to re-starting the soccer team at the agency. He ran a can drive, contacted local businesses for donations and spearheaded a uniform and cleat drive. In 2006, Sal Sprofera was a fifth grader in Ms. […]

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Letter from Vitalis

Letter from Vitalis

Dear Friends, Those of you who have been here know that Zimbabwe has got very beautiful places and very welcoming people. Even in these times when one finds it difficult to know what he/she will put on the table for the children tomorrow, people still have the welcoming spirit. For those who have never paid a visit to Zimbabwe, it […]

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