Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Zimbabweans step up to help students

By Kathy L. Gilbert

James Salley introduces Grace Muradzikwa
as an “outstanding fundraiser” during
Africa University recognition dinner.
A UMNS photo by Vicki Brown.

Africa University was established by The United Methodist Church in 1993.A UMNS file photo byMike DuBose.Grace Muradzikwa is a successful executive in Zimbabwe.

But it was her mother’s heart that responded when she heard more than 300 Africa University students didn’t have the money to go back to school.

Muradzikwa turned to the business community of Zimbabwe and raised $100,000 for scholarships in a country where the economy has collapsed and many companies are only operating at 25 percent of capacity.

The effort gave some 60 students the opportunity to continue their education, and showed how a nation could come together to provide a better future for the next generation, Muradzikwa said.

“I have three children who are currently attending university,” she said at a recent Africa University advisory development committee meeting. “And I couldn’t imagine what any mother or parent must be facing if they had a child in the middle of their studies but did not have the money to let them complete their education.”

Please encourage your congregation to give 100% to the Africa University Apportion Fund to help students continue their education. Visit our website at

God is still in control!

Lladale Carey
Web Coordinator
United Methodsit Communications

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