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Founded in 2007, Makomborero is a UK-based charity which supports the work of Makomborero Zimbabwe through grants. In 2011, the charity launched its flagship A-Level Programme which entails providing scholarships for a high-quality A-Level education to promising students at one of three top private schools in Harare, Zimbabwe, as well as a home to live in and all the resources required for their studied. The students are recruited from the surrounding townships of Harare and each of them has an incredibly inspiring story of how they fought against tremendous odds to get through their GCSEs and come out with outstanding results. In addition, support for students does not stop after A-Levels. In order to ensure that the scholarship students go as far as they can with their education, Makomborero helps them to apply for university scholarships around the world. Those students who don’t benefit from university scholarships are offered a grant to study at a Zimbabwean university. These grants will be repaid once the students are in full-time employment, making this scheme self-supporting. Some of the charity’s other initiatives include revision schools, mobile science laboratories, and support of rural and infant schools.
NextEnergy Foundation sponsored two students in the A-Level Programme for their 2017-19 A-Level studies. Chikomborero Dhire was an aspiring Mechanical Engineer who is now studying electrical and computer engineering at the Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, USA, having received a full scholarship to do so, whilst Isabel Masawi, an aspiring Actuary, will attend university in Australia in September 2020.
Founded in 2007, Makomborero is a UK-based charity which supports the work of Makomborero Zimbabwe through grants. In 2011, the charity launched its flagship A-Level Programme which entails providing scholarships for a high-quality A-Level education to promising students at one of three top private schools in Harare, Zimbabwe, as well as a home to live in and all the resources required for their studied. NextEnergy Foundation first sponsored the A-Level studies of two students in 2017.
In 2019, NextEnergy Foundation renewed its commitment to supporting an additional two students in Makomborero’s 2019-2021 A-Level Programme: Bradley Chinhara is an aspiring Mechanical or Electrical Engineer, and Winne Mauto is an aspiring Neurosurgeon. NextEnergy Foundation has received reports on the students for their first year of studies. Both are excelling in their academic and extra-curricular commitments. Bradley won the Zimbabwean Mathematics Olympiad and was awarded the Pure Mathematics and Further Mathematics prizes at his school’s Prize Giving Day. He is also the head of the school’s chess club. Winne performed a lot higher than the class average in her A-Level subjects, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, and won the Mathematics prize at her school. She plays in the 1st Soccer Team and she is also in the First Aid Club which assists during tournaments.
In March 2020, NextEnergy Foundation received reports for the first term of the 2020 academic year. Bradley has improved significantly in both his academic subjects and extra-curricular activities. He has been praised for being a respectful, responsible, and well-presented member of the class, and for coming to school on time. Winnie is performing well above her class averages in her A-Level subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. She has been commended by her Soccer coach for “her faithfulness and loyalty to the team” and has shown great enthusiasm and commitment for her role as a leader to junior students who require academic support.
January 2021 Final Project Update: We are delighted to share the news that both students have now completed their studies with top grades: Bradley received 3 A*s and 1 A, and Winne received 3 A*s. These are outstanding results and ones which will hopefully secure them incredible scholarships for university next year.
You can watch the graduation video in which both Bradley and Winnie make powerful speeches here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH0lbfm55yM. In addition, please see some of the graduation photographs of all the students who recently completed their studies above. We wish both Bradley and Winnie all the best for the bright futures ahead of them!