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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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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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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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Letter from Vitalis

Letter from Vitalis

Dear Friends, Those of you who have been here know that Zimbabwe has got very beautiful places and very welcoming people. Even in these times when one finds it difficult to know what he/she will put on the table for the children tomorrow, people still have the welcoming spirit. For those who have never paid a visit to Zimbabwe, it […]

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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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Girl Power!

Girl Power!

The highlight of my trip to Zimbabwe this past summer was the camp I ran for teenage girls.  The campers included girls from the community as well as girls from Tsungirirai.  I also chose ten teenage camp leaders from varied backgrounds – some were orphans and some lived with one or even two parents, some were HIV positive, some were […]

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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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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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