Hello and a very warm welcome to my newly relaunched blog. I'm Paul a 40 year old family man from the UK. In this complex, information overload 21st century world, too often we lose sight of what's really important. Here I want to celebrate life, share inspirational stories, throw the spotlight on charities and causes close to my heart. Looking forward to sharing this journey with you all.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Following a dream : Makomberero Zimbabwe - a truly inspiring vision

Tonight, it’s my absolute privilege to help spread the word about a very special educational charity initiative.

One of my old University friends recently got in touch to tell me about the bold and visionary project called Makombero (meaning blessings) that is now finally getting close to becoming a reality for Mark and Laura Albertyn. 

They are native Zimbabweans, who have spent the last few years working in the UK, but have always with the dream to set up an A-level school back in Zimbabwe. It has taken some time to get the funds together but now finally they are heading back to Zimbabwe this summer.

Please, please, please take a look at the charity's website http://www.makombero.info and also their blog at  http://albertynzim.blogspot.com/, it tells the story much better than I ever could. There you will find details of how you can get involved, support, volunteer, donate and become a part of this community adventure. 
Here's a few pictures taken from a recent presentation about the project



An assembly in progress:

As soon as I heard about their remarkable plans it really struck a chord with me. 

Back in 1981, my Dad took up a job at a steelworks in Zimbabwe, and we all moved out there to live for a few years until 1984. As you can imagine for a young lad of 10 or 11 who had barely ventured out of his home village let alone overseas, it was an incredible experience for me. At the time, there was such a positive feeling of hope for the future in newly independent Zimbabwe, and that was most noticeable for me when attending the local secondary school. For so many of the pupils there with me who had previously been denied access simply because of the colour of their skin, it was a huge deal, and they were really motivated to learn. I will never forget the spirit of learning of my fellow classmates. I was one of only a couple of white kids in the class, but it was absolutely never an issue, it was all about working hard to achieve that much prized education.

Whatever your views on the politics involved, as has become so painfully apparent in recent years, the people of Zimbabwe have suffered terribly with the horrendous effects of famine, disease and economic hardship. Two people, two proud Zimbabweans are determined to make a difference

And I applaud them for that, from the bottom of my heart.

Thanks for reading


  1. Sorry for not responding sooner, been very busy lately.

    Nice site.


  2. Thanks mate , no worries good to see you here!

  3. Thanks so much!! You brought a tear to my eye!! Captured our hearts perfectly. Thank you for visiting our blog!!! You have a big heart!!!

  4. This is a great project! Good for the Albertyns and good for you for promoting it. I can't see the images in the post though, they don't seem to be working and the link to the Makomborero site is not working (it is http://makomborero.info/).

  5. Mark and Laura - so glad to be of service in spreading the word!

    Hi Emm, thank you so much for taking a look and especially for letting me know about the website detail error - please visit http://www.makomborero.info/ for more details of the charity.

    I'm really sorry about the pictures as well, I have had some real trouble trying to get back in to edit the blog, so will probably have to repost again tonight when I'm not at a work computer!

  6. Thank you so much for your lovely post about my wonderful friends. I shall be very sad to see them leave the UK but am so looking forward to seeing their dream come true.

  7. Hi Nicola - you are of course more than welcome!


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