Project: Maulana School for Orphans All Projects

Daisy and Tony Maulana founded the Maulana School for Orphans for 1400 orphaned children in Epworth, a high density suburb near Harare. We first met them at Irene Chigamba's, a nationally recognized performer in Zimbabwe. We were so impressed by their traditional dance performance, a visit to the school was warranted which happened the day before we flew home. We drove up and down, up and down, up and down a dirt road trying to find the entrance. Finally, several people, thinking we were out of our minds, I'm sure, directed us through what looked like the front yards of dozens of houses. We were greeted enthusiastically and taken for a tour of the school. The classrooms were literally in the boulders. GR 2, etc was spray painted on the rocks. Maize was growing in the "classroom," because as Daisy explained, the growers didn't understand the vision of the school. There was the broken-plywood-covered septic, which was "a challenge." Herb garden. Three-room schoolhouse, very compact, one room didn't have a roof. A large tent donated by a British NGO for rainy times, certainly not large enough to hold all the children. A stone "stage."

water bowlDaisy and Tony gathered the children and they put on a dance performance for our carload of guests. What an honor. The children don't live at the school, though several of them stay there awhile when "times are hard" at home. Farai Makoni also arrived at the school, on foot, during our visit. He is a founding member of the Maulana Child Protection Organization, a sort of social worker.

We discussed how we would like the school to forward proposals for projects that needed funding. It was not appropriate to offer money to these people at this point, so instead we left them some school supplies and mahewu, a nutritional powder that is mixed with water, and our words of intention to further our connection with them. After that visit, we had a friend return to the school with food for the children, purchased by HopeFirst Foundation. HopeFirst's involvement, in line with our mission, will be accessing clean water for the children, and providing marimbas to a school committed to retaining the cultural identity of orphaned children.



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