Since 2005, Anna Mudeka has been supporting children’s in Zimbabwe. Her aim was to make a difference to the lives of a small group of AIDs orphans and children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Funding from her Tambai Community Projects, working with Norfolk schools, was the starting point. Anna gave hands on experiences of African music, dance and culture and raised local children’s awareness of the plight of the disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe. Volunteers took part in the Three Peaks challenge in 2005, raising money to send 5 tonnes of educational equipment to Zimbabwe
Rugare Primary School, Anna’s childhood school, appealed for support. Many pupils orphaned by AIDs or themselves HIV positive, were being cared for by grandparents who struggled to feed, let along find the termly fees for the children.
A year long project at Barnham Broom Primary School, Norfolk, teaching African music and dance inspired the children and their families to raise over £1,000 to help support the increased number of sponsored children.
In 2008, a one day music festival was started at Southbugh, near Dereham, Norfolk, to raise more money. From the great reception and support from the people in Norfolk, Anna was inspired to set up a registered charity and Southburgh World Music Festival became an annual event.
On 9th September 2011, The Mudeka Foundation registration number 1143733 was granted and a small group of Trustees appointed. In March 2012, Trustees and supporters of The Mudeka Foundation funded a 3 week trip to Zimbabwe to meet the children and staff of the 3 schools supported, now including children who had moved up to High School. It was very rewarding to see how the children had grown, and how happy and proud they were to be at school. A range of educational and sports equipment was received with overwhelming appreciation. The welcome the Trustees received was memorable. An invitation to visit a rural community school at Muda has taken the Foundation to a whole new level as they learned the difficulties Muda Primary and High School was facing leading to the beginning of a new project in 2013. Find out more about The Muda Project.
During a visit to Zimbabwe in 2014, trustees became more aware of a different problem affecting the schools. During the dry season (October – February) food supplies are low. Many of the children attending Muda Primary School would walk for miles without having anything to eat. Many of the children fall asleep in class, have no concentration or suffer from headaches. This meant that they are unable to get the most out of their education that they are paying for. As of this year, the Mudeka Foundation sponsor a feeding program for Muda Primary School. This means providing children with a highly nutritious porridge every morning during these dry months. With thanks to Trowse Primary School and private sponsors we were able to fund this year, however, we are still looking for funding for next year. If you are interested, please contact us.
We would love to share our experiences
Talks supported by Powerpoint presentations and display boards are available to schools, businesses and other organisations. Arrangements can be made with Anna Mudeka or Elisabeth Louis. For more information, please contact us.