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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Dale Street School Raises $12,100!

Dale Street School Raises $12,100!

Very generous 4th and 5th graders at Dale Street School successfully raised $12,100 to help orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. On November 21st, students participated in a “Hunger Luncheon” where they donated $2 and ate only a bowl of rice for lunch.  Over the next few weeks, groups of children organized additional money making activities.  Special thanks to: Ms. […]

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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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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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Song and Dance Contest

Song and Dance Contest

Singing is such a vital part of the culture and every day life in Zimbabwe (and one of the things I miss most about living there) that I always try to capture some of it on video.  While at Tsungirirai in August, I held a “Song and Dance Contest,” in part for my own selfishness, but also because I was concerned about stigma that seemed to […]

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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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MHC Supporters

MHC Supporters

The Chicken Coop A special thank you goes out to two Mount Holyoke College Alums, Mufaro Kanyangarara and Getrude Chimhungwe who, with help from the Dorothy Ann Foundation and Projects for Peace made the dream of this sustainable project a reality in 2008.All profits go to support the on-site clinic, with priority given to the medical needs of children who […]

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Another Successful Income-Generating Group

When Malvin and Nyasha saw the 3 looms and the bag of small beads and thread we purchased in South Africa, they looked confused. We then showed them several AIDS ribbon pins that we had purchased and explained that we thought Tsungirirai children might be able to make these pins. Unfortunately, all we had was a page full of diagrams […]

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