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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Real Pads for Real Women

Just like most of you, I’ve read C4C newsletters for years. Mesmerized by the pictures, vicariously proud of distant success stories, I look forward to hearing updates of children C4C has followed over time. Usually, I send my donation and then tuck the newsletter away. But this year was different. After hearing about Zimbabwe, Tsungirirai and C4C for so long, […]

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Kristen’s Blog

Kristen’s Blog

It is now summer in Zimbabwe. The cool, crisp mornings and chilly nights are gone. It’s hot all the time now. During the day, the sun beats down on our cottage roof, and it feels like there is heat on. Not a day goes by that we don’t make casual jokes about nonexistent cooling devices. “Is it too early to […]

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Becca’s Blog

Becca’s Blog

As with any new job, residence, or relationship, finding balance is a challenge. That perfect equilibrium between work and personal time, time with others and time alone. But here in Zimbabwe I have two hungry eyes staring at me when I open my front door in the morning. Eyes belonging to a child who already loves me unconditionally. Setting out […]

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