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Public responds well to calls to sponsor Nkayi Kids

by Agencies
26 Jul 2017 at 19:52hrs | Views
L-R; Menelisi, Given, Luise and Andile
The public, community groups, churches and businesses have responded well to calls to sponsor Nkayi Kids' South African Science Competition Trip Financial Appeal.

Individuals are calling and depositing moneys in the given account for the trip set for 08/08/2017 and they also using other ways to raise money.

One of the helpful groups include Friends of Mopane Foundation International led by Blessing Nkomo Rogers and Elton Mzezewa. They are having a BBQ @ £10/pp towards the appeal at a friend's house in Sheffield. The details can be found on the flyer below. 

1)    Pastor Mabuza  of the 12 Apostles Church of Christ in Leeds
2)    Pastor Derrick Maphosa of  Christ's Dwelling Place Ministries in Manchester
3)    Pastor Polite Zah Mkhosi the CEO of Our OASIS charity and pastor of Praise Christian Centre International in Bolton
4)    Nkosinathi Zvimba, the Managing director of Zimtech UK
5)    A community leader Nathan Banana
6)    The PaulineLong Show
7)    Philip Sibanda
8)    Brasso Khupe the CEO of Khupe Legal
9)    Ian Chiadzwa CEO of TLB 24/7 Healthcare LTD
10)    Mari-Anne Chiromo
11)    Numerous fb and WhatsApp groups allowing constant sharing of posts
12)    Sakhelene Zinini WhatsApp group
13)    Media Houses with special mention to Byo24, VOA Studio7,,

The team and many friends are working tirelessly behind the scenes including one of the newest Mopane Foundation team members,  ambassador and mentor to Mopane Foundation kids, Nadine Tinevimbo Nkala.

"She is the next our Mother Theresa; she just took her begging bowl straight away and is doing more than any of us. Her ticket to SA would be around £600," said the team.
"Fungisai Mupandira, is a true unsung humanitarian who we are still building the courage to invite to join the team; she has done more for this charity and still at it trying to make sure these little ones don't miss this opportunity."
South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial  Research (CSIR) in Pretoria has confirmed that they will allow the children to spend half a day at their engineering plant.

About the competition
The Zimbabwe Science Fair provides a research and technology inspired platform which encourages Zimbabwean students to come up with inventions, innovations and research projects to meaningfully contribute to the development of communities; and to advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education.  

We wish to make clear that this NOT about Mopane Foundation International as a charity but about that rural Zimbabwean child who has been presented with a life-time opportunity for the first time in Zimbabwean history. In its 37 years of independence the region has never been presented with such opportunity. What makes it even more interesting is that all these kids are very underprivileged backgrounds 3 of them orphans and the other girl a carer to a disabled mother. None of them have ever left the village or had an opportunity to see the world with different eyes and this can be encouragement enough to birth a scientist or more out of these four. This is the first time ever in this competition for children from rural Zimbabwe to be afforded such an opportunity. Also, this trip will inspire their peers to aspire seeing that the children like them can be afforded such opportunities.  It is our aim to do everything within powers to get these souls access all possible opportunities other kids their age can access. Last year year's Zimbabwean girl won a scholarship in Columbia a few weeks ago and we wish these kids to get same opportunity. We cannot do it in isolation; can do it together.

These are the following students going to join other young scientists from Zimbabwe and South Africa in showcasing their innovative science projects at Expo.

How the money raised will be utilised?
Its two boys and two girls competing, therefore the protocol is teachers of both sexes accompanying them to Pretoria in South Africa, and 1 of the Mopane Foundation and 1 ZimScienceFair delegates  along with them.
Coach or fare to and from SA, accommodation expenses (overnight stays in Bulawayo twice), 2 nights' accommodation in SA,  car hire, money for their food and refreshments and other contingencies from the time they leave home.

1. Return Bus fares for 6 people to Byo to and from SA to Nkayi
2. Return Coaches Byo-SA with allowance for refreshments  
3. Self-catering apartments
4. Transport (Car hire +Fuel) while in SA
5. Food and allowance for contingences
6. Young Nadine Tinevimbo Nkala' ticket only £600

Why am I interested in seeing this through?
I am the Mopane Foundation project leader seeking opportunities for our beneficiaries is what underpins our organisation. I also grew up in rural Zimbabwe I know the challenges in regards to a world with next to nil opportunities.

How will you get feedback?
Through our social media fb page Mopane Foundation International, my personal fb (Nomsa Nekevane) and the website We contact individuals or organisations if given contact details.
Our account details are: Mopane Foundation International
Sort Code: 201221
Account No:13684474

Any questions or queries concerning this trip:
UK: Nomsa Nekevane on  +44 7450 287082
Zimbabwe:  Rev Hlanganani Dube on +263 716 084 184
Our secretary through on contact us through website

Me and you ARE making this happen.
All sponsors will be featured in all our Mopane Foundation International correspondence
On their behalf, we thank you in advance

Source - Agencies