CHIPINGE – Chipinge has a warm heart!
This is judging by the overwhelming response that residents gave to a disadvantaged student who two weeks ago appealed for fees to study law at UZ.
The dream has come true for whizz-kid Tarisai Mawire of Usanga suburb in Chipinge who almost failed to take her place at UZ because her mother who is only a maid could not afford the fees.
Scores of Chipinge residents responded swiftly and generously after reading Tarisai’s story that was published by The Mirror. Some even formed groups to support Tarisai with money.
Tarisai thanked all those who were involved and told The Mirror that her heart melts when she thinks of the kindness she was shown by the people of Chipinge.
Her luck ran beyond the eastern border district. Several corporates including law firms from Harare came on board to support the cause and this means Tarisai is now comfortably going to start her degree programme
The Dean of the Faculty of Law at UZ, Doctor Innocent Maja who is also a senior partner at Maja and Associates said the faculty made an initiative to get her a scholarship.
The result was good.
A fully funded scholarship is now available from Mhishi Nkomo Legal Practice, Matsikidze Foundation International owned by Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze who is also the Deputy Dean of the faculty of law at UZ, Doctor Rosalie Katsande who is a lecturer at the institution and the Director of Women and Child Law in Africa.
Ruddson International offered to pay for her accommodation for a period of one year which is open to extension.
“It’s an initiative that we did as a faculty of law after we read your article. Mhishi Nkomo legal practice will pay for her tuition fees, Matsikidze Foundation International will pay for her accommodation and Doctor Rosalie Katsande will buy her a laptop. You did a great job and we will make sure that she gets support through out the time that she will be at the University,” said Maja.
The managing partner for Mhishi Nkomo legal practice, Cephas Mavhondo confirmed the development.
“We would want to cover what will make her comfortable in as much as her financial requirements in pursuing the degree is concerned. I can’t really put a figure as of now, the firm is still working on that but obviously things like fees are already covered. Its part of the scholarship that we are going to roll out for her. Its our policy as an organisation, its part and parcel of corporate social responsibility to assist students and its an ongoing exercise,” said Mavhondo.
Chipinge Town Community Association (CTCA) members made contributions.
Some of those who contributed are Godwill Mlambo who contributed with US$130, Isee Zihwi RTGS$ 1 000, Johanne Muyambo RTGS$ 1 000,Emmanuel Musabaika RTGS$2 200,Nelson Dhibi RTGS$500 and Lydia Dhliwayo RTGS$500.
“I really appreciate all those who came out to help me and those who wished me well. I had lost hope,” said Tarisai.
Tarisai got 15 points at A’ level and secured a place to study law beginning August 2021.