Astonishment: Laying Ghosts in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

Graham Jones’ book about former MRCH Home Superintendent – Astonishment Mapurisa is now available on Amazon.

The synopsis:

“An Englishman returns to Africa after nearly forty years in a bid to recapture his carefree colonial childhood. Through a chance meeting his life becomes entwined with that of a one-time child slave and cattle herd who’s on a mission to revisit his own early life on the other side of the racial divide. A moving story of nostalgia, race, reconciliation and God’s power to transform, set against the background of two brutal regimes racist Rhodesia and Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. When Graham Jones returns to Zimbabwe to recapture his idyllic Rhodesian childhood, a chance encounter leads him to him to meet a one-time child slave called Astonishment. Now dedicated to helping society s most vulnerable, Astonishment grew up on the other side of the racial divide and is set on revisiting his very different past. As they travel together, this remarkable Zimbabwean shares the incredible story of how he overcame grinding poverty and being sold by relatives as a slave. Both men lay old ghosts to rest as Astonishment forgives and reconciles his divided family and Graham reconnects with the land of his youth not through the places he knew, but through the people he didn’t. Set against the daily brutalities of racist Rhodesia and Mugabe’s bankrupt Zimbabwe, Astonishment is a moving account of nostalgia, race and reconciliation that celebrates the transformative power of forgiveness.”

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Christmas Cards for 2019

The Christmas cards for this year are now available. Please note we are no longer supplying new designs, just selling off the remaining packs – at less than our original 2004 price – £2.50 for 10!

Please also note, packs are no longer automatically sent out to members. So, if you would like a pack or two please contact the Chairman to place your order.

You can see the remain designs here – 11, 13 and 14 – please state clearly which designs you want.

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Septembers Newsletter is here…

As always the newsletter is full of information from the Home. This particular quote really struck me this time…

“You will be amazed how costs are rising. Yesterday morning I boarded a bus for town for $1.50, but after my exams-around 5pm-the bus fare was $5.00”.

On a more positive note the MRCH Big Sunday fundraiser raised £4,195 for the Home as well as receiving lots of goods in kind – though this is down on previous years.

Finally, a book by Graham Jones describing the life and work of Astonishment Mapurisa – a former Director of the Home is coming out in September. It will be available on Amazon ‘Astonishment:Laying Ghosts in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe’.

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Policy documents available

We are making our policy documents for child protection and anti bribery available for you to view.

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June Newsletter

The June Newsletter is here and a huge thank you to all of you supporting the Home. News this quarter reveals that the National Pharmacy of Zimbabwe-who send some medicine supplies to the Home-have not done so for months. Your funds have helped the Home buy essential medicine for the children to cover this shortfall in addition to our usual support.

There is also a very informative Q&A with Norlin Chisoro-Transitions officer about how the Home manages the transition to life outside the Home once children reach 18years.

Please consider joining us for our AGM on June 22nd at Droitwich Methodist Church.

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A bit early but…

We are no longer going to be selling Christmas cards. However we do have some stock left. There are 3 designs remaining. Each pack of 10 is £2. ALL the money from the sale of these cards go direct to the Home.

Please contact the Chairman to place an order.

Design 1 – printed on silver relective holographic foil

“Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”

Design 2 – “Christmas Blessings”

Design 3 – “Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year”

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March newsletter

Our March newsletter reveals that the Friends contribute 33% of the Home’s regular income. Your support is vital, thank you so much for continuing to contribute in any way  you can.

A detailed report from the National Director – Rev Mutendzwa reveals disturbing news about the struggles the Home faces.

And we say good bye and our sincere thanks to Mercy-the longest serving House Mother. We wish her well with her next steps.

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December newsletter

Welcome to the last newsletter of the year.

There are two interesting reports from visitors to the Home: Mark Edmonds and Michael Mapako. Thank you for your updates.

We can also confirm that despite challenging times for Zimbabwe our support continues to be channelled through to the Home as US dollars and remains therefore of significant value to the Home.

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September Newsletter

This 2018 Sept newsletter reports on a number of fundraising events that have taken place including: the Matthew Rusike Big Sunday fundraiser at the Home in June raising £3,748, the Mongol Car and a triathlon. Congratulations and a huge thank you to all those working so hard to fundraise for the Home.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Paddy Coles who is stepping down as Treasurer after a whopping 15 years in the post. He was instrumental in managing our journey in becoming a registered charity back in 2007. he is greatly missed and we wish him well.

And reassuring news that the Home was unaffected by the troubles during the elections.

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New Gift Aid form

There is a new Gift aid form available. If you are able to gift aid any of your contributions to the Friends of Matthew Rusike please consider doing so. It makes a huge difference to our funds each year and the money goes straight to the Home.

Thank you.

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