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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jane’s College Acceptance

Jane’s College Acceptance

We are very proud of Jane, one of our first Coalition for Courage scholars, who was accepted to Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Martha Van Wyck and Richard Cabezas have sponsored Jane from the time she was in the 6th grade.  These dedicated sponsors finally met Jane when she visited US colleges in January 2009.  Jane has worked very […]

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Gilbert’s Thank You

Gilbert’s Thank You

Dear Donors and Sponsors, I am very grateful to have this opportunity to write a letter today on behalf of the C4C children. The students are very happy because of you. They cherish your support and kindness. We are all working hard to compliment your effort. Your support is greatly appreciated. We know it is difficult to give money, especially […]

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Who is Babylon?

Who is Babylon?

My full name is Babylon Mandaza. I was born on the 19th August 1984 in Harare. I am the first born in a family of two brothers. By then I had my father who was very strong and employed as a motor mechanic by the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO). We really enjoyed the fruits of Harare. Things suddenly turned […]

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