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charity set to open new home and school for orphans
and Twickenham Times
January 08, 2011
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on the Richmond and Twickenham Times website
While many start
off the new year the proud owners of new bags, clothes or mobile
phones, one charitable mother is hoping to offer orphans in Zimbabwe
a new home - and the chance of an education.
Roseline Ndoro launched the Ndoro Children's Charities (NdoroCC)
in 2008, after seeing the tragic plight faced by children in her
native Zimbabwe, orphaned as a result of HIV and Aids.
Due to her hard
work and people's generosity, plans to build an orphanage
and school on her father's land in Zimbabwe are currently
under way, which is set to house and educate some 200 children.
Mrs Ndoro first
came to the UK in 1974, when she was 17, to train as a nurse. After
spending more than a decade away from her home country, the mother-of-three
returned to Zimbabwe in 2005 and was shocked by the scenes of deprivation
that greeted her.
said: "I was emotionally and physically affected by the plight
of the people there, especially the children orphaned as a result
of HIV, Aids, TB and cancer.
I saw was far removed from the Zimbabwe I grew up in, and our lives
in the UK. "The experience left me with a vast feeling of
emptiness and helplessness.
no fewer than 16 orphaned children among my extended family."
action needed to be taken and the idea for a charity emerged.
plans had to be put on hold after she discovered she had breast
cancer in January 2006, just weeks after returning from her trip,
only for her partner to die from a heart attack that same year.
During the difficult
time she said the thought of helping the deprived children kept
She said: "When
I was ill that's what made me better, because I had something
to hold on to. "I said 'No, I cannot die now'."
from her trauma Mrs Ndoro began to concentrate on getting the charity
up and running and in 2008 NdoroCC was launched.
It aims to support
the underprivileged children in the poorest parts of the world -
with an initial focus on Zimbabwe - by focusing on the development
of education, health promotion initiatives and social services.
Mrs Ndoro, who
lives in Sixth Cross Road, currently divides herself between Twickenham
and Zimbabwe to help provide children with educational tools, food
and to supervise the building project.
She hopes the
school, once up and running, will become self-sufficient, and will
teach the youngsters how to "stand on their own two feet".
She said: "It
will teach them skills. We want the school to be self-sufficient
and market our produce.
is opposite a game park. The children will be able to see giraffes,
rhinos and lions.
really positive about building this school."
admitted the situation in the country was still dire - with
more than 6,000 registered orphans in the district of Zimbabwe,
where the school is to be built.
She said: "Most
people are unemployed, people are still getting HIV, people are
When in the
UK she busies herself with fundraising events, including holding
a Christmas fair at the Twickenham United Reformed Church, in First
Cross Road, in November.
helped in her task by her three children, including her 31-year-old
son Ronald, who has taken time out from training as a lawyer to
become the charity's UK operations manager.
He said: "We
are a small charity focused on making a better life for children
all over the world. "One in four children in Zimbabwe is an
orphan because of the HIV crisis, and with the economic crisis and
political unrest, it is a tragic state of affairs."
has a number of high profile supporters behind it, including Twickenham
MP Vince Cable, who serves as the charity's patron, and ambassadors
including the lead singer of the Noisettes pop group Shingai Shoniwa,
and manager of the England cricket team Andy Flower.
Dr Cable said:
"I am very happy to support the Ndoro charity.
has worked tirelessly, and in a country with an estimated 1.3m Aids
orphans, the charity provides exactly the kind of help Zimbabwe
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