MATTHEW RUSIKE CHILDREN'S HOME

a visit by Vic and Bev Kubik on October 8, 2001



Some of the young residents of the Home.



Welcome!

Left: One of the two dorms. 
(There's a boys' and a girls' dorm.)
Right: The hall used for special gatherings

Home for the animals that the kids help to cultivate.

The colorful work of volunteers.

Outside of the dining hall: Australian volunteer Murray Hansen, Bev Kubik and and Manyowa Karimazondo, a bright young man who grew up at the Home and was planning on going to medical school.

Australian volunteer Lisa Hansen helps in the garden underneath a  blossoming Jacaranda tree, which aren't native to Zimbabwe but which  are everywhere and make an impressive display every October. The office is in the background.

At work in the office

Australian volunteer Murray Hansen came to work at the Home for  several months.

Bev with Mr. Mangobe, who retired at the end of October 2001 after  several years of dedicated service as the Home's superintendent.

The children learn to raise and cultivate these chickens.

Customers come to have their maize ground at the mill at the Home, which helps to generate income.

In the maize-grinding mill.

Manyowa Karimazondo is one of the Home's shining stars. He grew up at the Home and did so well in school that he was planning to go to medical school.

Aussies help here!

Bev and Manyowa Karimazondo, who grew up at the Home, with the  laundry building in the background

Staff members show off the beige school uniforms they've made with  the Home's sewing machines, which are also used in a tailoring project  to teach skills to the children

Sewing up some more school uniforms for the kids

It doesn't take much for the kids to have fun. Here, they play  traditional African games.

 

The office

The back entrance to a dorm. Step inside here and you'll find a  courtyard.

This is the Matthew Rusike, who started the Home with some grass huts in 1950.

One of the children help to tend the electric vat used to make sadza. Sadza is Zimbabwe's staple food -- maize meal and water cooked  to the consistency of mashed potatoes. It's always eaten with a tasty side dish.

Staff members work in the kitchen.

Bev checks out the garden, where collard greens (called "rape" in Zimbabwe) is grown

Checking out the garden are Bev, volunteers and Manyowa  Karimazondo, who grew up at the home

Bev and some tasty greens in the garden

Mr. Mangobe, the caring superintendent for many years, before he  retired at the end of October 2001

Vic Kubik with Ireen and George Musoni. Ireen is the Home's bookkeeper.  George teaches in the Home's Study Group (or school) where older  children from the village prepare for their "O" level examinations.  The Study Group generates income for the Home.

This little truck helps to do everything -- take kids to events,  pick up donations, drive into downtown Harare for business, ....  Everything!

The kids help tend to the Home's agricultural projects

Local customers wait for their maize to be ground in the Home's  mill

Another view of the maize-grinding mill that generates income for  the Home

Bev checks in on the sewing and tailoring project

These are the Independence Units where the older children stay

 

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