March Newsletter 2017

The March newsletter is now available.

The figures are in for the 20th Anniversary fundraising project – co-ordinated by Shirley Richer. A grand total of £5,152.31 has been raised. A huge thank you to everyone who participated in any way.

The newsletter also reports on the renovation project of the family houses and three sponsored A-level students who have just received their exam results and done well. We are always looking for sponsors for more students and the newsletter contains details about the costs involved.

Finally we extend a warm welcome to Rev. Clive Chikomo, who has joined the MRCH team as Chaplain at the Home.

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Gift Aid form available

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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Christmas card from the Home

We received a lovely card from the Home and wanted to share it with you.

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December Newsletter 2016

The December Newsletter is now available.

Please take a look at Zviriane Marore’s report for a little more detail about the vital contributions your funds make to the health of the children and their education. There are also a few amazing photographs of the progress the Home is making towards self sufficiency given the irrigation support they are receiving.

We are very pleased to welcome our new Treasurer this month-Immanuel Mudzinge. Immanuel is a member of the Methodist Church in Britain and in Zimbabwe.

And of course we also want to say a huge thank you to David Graaff for all the work he has done for our Charity over the years. He will be maintaining contact with the Friends as  Committee Member. Thank you David.

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Poems by children from the Home

Poems by children from the Home…

The first tooth – by a girl, aged 13

Everyone in the house is happy,

Just because the baby

Has a tiny tooth to show!

I have got a double row,

All as white and all as small,

But no one cares for mine at all.

The baby cannot say a full word,

Yet that single sound is prefered

To all the words I can sayAdd New

In the longest summer days.

Thank you..


Education – by a girl, aged 11

Education, Education,

Education is the key to success

No one can be a teacher without education

No one can be a pastor without education

So boys and girls, education is important for you

And for my country Zimbabwe

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September Newsletter 2016

The September Newsletter is now available.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Bromley. John was the inspiration behind the Friends of Matthew Rusike Children’s Home 20 years ago. He worked tirelessly as our Chairman for many years and the Home believe he was very influential in the development of modern childcare practised there. He will be greatly missed both here in the UK and in Zimbabwe.

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Christmas Cards 2016

Each year we sell Christmas cards chosen especially for FoMRCH. Over the years we have raised thousands of pounds, all of which has been sent directly to the Home.

A pack of 10 cards costs £2.99. Each year the flyer shows which designs are available.

NOTE: Packs of Christmas cards will no longer be sent out automatically so please order early to avoid disappointment particularly if you want packs of single designs. Mixed packs are also available on request. Either way, please contact our Chairman to place or alter your order.

A big thank you to everyone who helps by buying and/or distributing cards.

You can see how our funds are used here.

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June Newsletter 2016 – 20 YEARS!

It’s 20 years!

The Friends have been supporting the Home for a long time now and our efforts are very much appreciated and still very much needed. Thank you to everyone undertaking fundraising events in this our anniversary year. Please let us know more about what you are up to and send us photos we can post here to inspire others to yet more fundraising.

“We thank God for the journey you have travelled with MRCH over 20 years. Your intervention made a big change in the day to day running of the Home…We are delighted that all four young people mentioned in our last newsletter are now being sponsored for 2 year A level courses held at MRCH college. Thanks to generous people who came forward quickly, their studies could begin without delay.” Rev. Margaret Mawire

This charity is so important in the day to day running of the Home and everything you contribute makes a huge difference. We want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who help the Friends carry on this important work.

In this newsletter we also welcome Gail Richer our new Secretary and Leigh East our Database manager-who also looks after the website. We would also like to reiterate our need for a new Treasurer. Please take a look at the newsletter where you can find a breakdown of what is involved. David will be happy to talk you through it in more detail. Please contact David or the Chairman direct.

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March Newsletter 2016

The March newsletter is now available, in it the Home gives an insight into the impact of the drought on the Home. There is also wonderful news from the MRCH college on O-level results and the progress of the school choir.

However this quarter the Friends of MRCH issue an URGENT REQUEST for those of you donating already to please Gift Aid your donations. The remitance to the Home has had to go down by US$1000. Gift Aid and Stading Order forms are available to make this easier, please contact our Treasurer for the forms.

If you feel you can go one step further and encourage a friend to begin supporting the Home all the better, or perhaps you want to organise a fund raiser – again there are sponsorship forms available to help you.

This quarter we also say goodbye to our long-standing Secretary John Richer. John has been with this charity from its inception and has been a valuable member. While he will be handing over the Secretarial role he will remain a member of the Committee.

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Words from our out-going Secretary

“After 10 years, and having passed my 80th birthday, I have decided to make way as Secretary for a younger person.  It has been a pleasure and privilege to do this job not least because of the excellent work done by the Chair and Treasurer which has made it so much easier.

My Wife and I were founder members of the Friends group in 1996 following a visit to MRCH in 1995 because we wanted to help the good childcare being provided at the Home, by providing Christmas presents for the children.

Over the past 20 years the operating conditions in Zimbabwe have changed enormously with food, power and water shortages plus unrest and currency problems. At the same time the external world has changed with the growth of communications so that a wider knowledge of what makes up our lives is now available to all.  However throughout all these hardships and changes, the Matthew Rusike Children’s Home has provided good childcare and also significantly expanded its influence throughout Zimbabwe.

This tremendous success has been made possible by the energy and vision of the staff at the Home and by the donations sent by concerned outsiders, particularly ten years ago by you the Friends when we provided 80% of its funding. Now, when the Methodist church in Zimbabwe is providing strong support for childcare, we still give half of the external donations to the Home, about 25% of the total.  The need for support is still very great as national conditions do not improve and Zimbabwe has had to appeal for international help, our efforts are still vital.

The Friends Executive committee is very experienced but we are always open to new faces and new ideas for continuing planning for sustained giving. I hope my replacement will enjoy the satisfaction I have had in working with the Friends and seeing the children of Zimbabwe thrive.”

John Richer

Thank you John for all your wonderful work over the years. We are so pleased that you will continue to be part of the committee.

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