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boys in need - Interview with Tarupiwa Nhunge, Matron, St Josephs
House for Boys
April 22, 2010
Inside / Out with Tarupiwa Nhunge
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Nhunge has worked with St
Joseph's House for Boys since 2007.
do the boys end up at the Home?
kubva mustreet, vachiuya nevekuchildline. Vamwe tinopuwa neveSocial
Welfare, asi vazhinji tinopuwa neEmerald Hill Children's Home,
neHarare Children's Home neUpenyu HutsvaChildren's home.
Kana vana vapa10 year's vanouya kwatiri. Asi its specifically
Some of the children
come from the street, through Childline or the Department of Social
Welfare. Most of them come from children's homes especially
Emerald Hill, Harare Children's Home and Upenyu Hutsva Children's
Home. When they reach ten years of age, they come to us. Its specifically
boys who come here.
do the boys go to school?
kuzvikoro zvirimunaraunda. Vazhinji vanobva kuEmerald Hill, vanenge
vakatsvagirwa ku St John's. Kana kuine vamwe tinovatsvagira
paAllan Wilson ne Prince Edward. Zvinoenda nekugona kwemwana. Kunoita
vamwe, a few, vekuti sponsor anoti 'handidi kuti mwana aende
paAllan Wilson kana paPrince Edward', wovatsvagira kumaPrivate
Schools. Tinoshanda neveChrist Ministries iripaseri peShow Ground.
We try to find the boys
places at schools that are close to us. Most of the boys who come
from Emerald Hill will already have places at St John's. It
depends on how well the child does in school. Then there are a few
whose sponsors will find them a place at a private school. In all
of this we work with Christ Ministries, which is behind the Show
many boys live here?
i55. Tinogona kudarika, pamwe vanogona kuwanda kusvika kuma 60.
Our capacity is 55. Sometimes
we go over this, and can have up to 60 boys.
challenges are you facing?
hatinmboiwane. Ndoyandingati ichallenge yakakura. Kana takunonyora,
tinoshaya maexamination fees. Tine dambudziko remauniform. VeSt
John's vanobvako vakachengeteka nemaSister ekuEmerald Hill.
Masister aya vanoramba vachibatsira vana varikuno. Vakomana vanoenda
kuAllan Wilson, vanenge vasina mauniform. Vanototambura zvekuti
mamwe maschool days vanotorova nekuti vanenge vasina mauniform.
Rimwe dambudziko nderemari. Hatina vanhu vanotipa mari. Tinotoita
mari yekukumbira. Mastaff edu anoshanda pasina masalaries, tichizosvika
pakuti tinogara tisina zvashose.
We are having trouble
with school fees. That is what I would say is our greatest challenge.
When the boys are ready to write exams we are unable to pay their
examination fees. Another challenge that we face is that of providing
school uniforms for the boys. The ones who come from Emerald Hill
usually have everything that they need. The Sisters there do a very
good job of taking care of them. But our boys who go to Allan Wilson
sometimes have to miss school because they don't have the
right uniform. Another challenge we face is that of money. We find
that our staff members have to go for several months without salaries.
give the boys support after they leave the home?
challenge, ndingati hangu veChild Protection, vane kaprogramme kavanoita
keReunification. Saka isu takupotawo tichitsvaga hama dzemwana,
tichimukurudzira kuti ashanyire hama dzake, kuitira kuti paanenge
abuda anoenda kuhama dzake. Vazhinji vanege vasina kwekuenda. Vanobatsirwa
nevekumachurch, asi havasi vese. Tinowana vanwe vasina kwekuenda.
That is one
of our difficulties. Child Protection Services is running a programme
where they reunite children with their families. We try to find
the boys' families and encourage them to visit them, so that
when he leaves us he has somewhere to go. Some boys are helped by
Churches whose members take them in. Most boys, however, have nowhere
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