Articles written by: liz

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 […]

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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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Arden’s October Trip to Zimbabwe

Arden’s October Trip to Zimbabwe

Dear Friends, Due to the recent Zimbabwean elections (and the turmoil that has historically accompanied voting) neither Liz nor I have traveled to Africa since January of 2012.  After such a long time, I was a bit worried about how much may have changed.  Would the children talk openly with me or would I feel like a stranger?  I tried […]

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Making Connections

Making Connections

One of the more satisfying parts of running a sponsorship program is seeing the individual connections that are formed between children and their sponsors over time.  This is sometimes challenging, since there is so much physical distance between the two, but it happens over and over. When we travel to Zimbabwe, we get to see the happy dances of children […]

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Letter from Arden

Letter from Arden

Dear Friends, As I get further from the year I lived in Zimbabwe, I find more of my time is spent on logistics and fundraising and less on the soul feeding connections that drew me to this work.  Many days the morning arguments that come from my elementary school girls trump thoughts of barefoot children singing songs of thanks. As […]

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Giving Back

Giving Back

We are always so proud when a C4C scholar returns and wants to give back to our program. This January, Malvin, one of the very first children to join the “bead group” in 2001, returned with a backpack of various crafts and a big smile. “I am selling my items in town! I took what I learned and now am […]

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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 […]

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Thank You Reebok

Thank You Reebok

Group identity is a powerful motivator.  Everyone wants to be part of something important.  Thanks to ongoing support from Mike Kratochwill and Reebok, we have been able to supply two sets of sports teams and peer educators with Reebok gear!  The children wear their matching shirts with pride!

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New Leaders Trained

New Leaders Trained

Jane (C4C scholar in her 2nd year at Mount Holyoke College) was thrilled to return to Zimbabwe in January.  After being away for a year and a half, she was quite homesick for favorite foods and good friends she left.   While in Zimbabwe, she ran a weekend-long leadership conference for a group of teenagers.   Make a donation to support […]

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