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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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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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Global Giving

Global Giving

It’s not uncommon to hear parents in Medfield, Massachusetts say that the reason they moved to town was the schools.  It’s true that Medfield schools have an outstanding reputation.  But it’s not just high test scores and an award winning music program that make them special. Character Counts Teachers in Medfield work hard to cultivate character traits such as honesty, […]

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Honoring Bill Bicknell

Honoring Bill Bicknell

(1936-2012) Bill Bicknell was a passionate, driven and articulate man who accomplished many things in his life.  He was a teacher not only in the classroom, but in the school of life. I will never forget the evening I sat across the table from Bill and told him the story of Babylon, C4C’s oldest child, who was then about to […]

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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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