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CLEANING UP IN MUFAKOSE2012-09-29
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Partnering with local residents, schools, businesses, NGOs and the council to clear up a shopping centre in high-density Harare suburb Mufakose, as part of last week's national clean-up campaign. Together we can create a cleaner, safer, healthier community!

See also:Mabvuku clean-up... (continues)

TWICE AS MANY STUDENTS CAN LEARN2012-09-28

Students unanimously chose to take making peanut-butter and washing-up liquid to the next level (as opposed to candles or floor polish) but none of them wanted to drop either to specialise in just one. Impressed with their enthusiasm to learn, the trainers very kindly agreed to train the... (continues)

CONCERT OF HOPE RAISES OVER &POUND7802012-09-27

The Concert of Hope in Godalming on Saturday was a great success!

Around 100 people were treated to a rich variety of music: singing from the opera and popular shows from The Luard Trio, impressive teenage talent from the Rodborough Clarinet Quartet, and foot-tapping soul from Irish folk group Tir Eolas. (continues)

MAKING CANDLES, FLOOR POLISH... FOR SALE2012-09-05

New skills development course started!

Uneducated former farm labourers from outer Harare (mostly women) are learning how to make products for sale. So far they have had successful taster sessions in making candles and floor polish.

'You have opened my mind to the opportunities that are there, so I actually can do something with my life besides sitting and waiting for my husband's little money. (continues)

EXPLORING MICRO-FINANCE2012-08-28

We are exploring micro-finance in earnest and in detail to find the best way forward in empowering people in their own enterprises!

Robert and Nyasha are visiting a sister charity's projects in Zimbabwe and Marie is talking with UK experts. There's a UK trust and various individual supporters in UK, South Africa and Zimbabwe all motivated to make this work. (continues)

MUREHWA: GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS2012-08-08

Do you want the good news first, or the bad?

Let's get the bad over with!

Sadly, extreme cold weather and heavy frost affected the crops of the community we support in Murehwa, just before they were due to harvest. 80% of the tomato crop was damaged, despite precautionary measures being in place. (continues)

OFFICE COSTS RISE BY 12.5%2012-07-11

Our office rental cost in Harare just went up by 12.5% - help!

It's not that our staff *like* sitting around in offices (they prefer to be out in the field empowering communities) or that the office is a particularly special place to be (it's small and hardly fancy) but they need somewhere to be based, communicate with the UK, send photos and update reports, account for the use of donor funds, plan support for communities etc. (continues)

'LET'S HELP OTHERS' (CHARLOTTE, 10)2012-06-27Charlotte, aged 10, reflects on our visit to her youth group and church in Purley, Surrey: "...They taught us about how in Zimbabwe there is poverty, illness and inflation and explained how we can help their people...We can help by donating, giving ideas or participating in 'Skip for Skills' where you donate £1 for 50 skips and the money then goes towards helping Zimbabweans develop new and useful skills so they can create a good life for themselves and their family. (continues)

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