Cross Over meeting challenges in Zimbabwe

Things are still tough in Zimbabwe! Deb Norton recently wrote as follows: 'On Friday afternoon some of our students were stranded at Cross Over. When they came to school in the morning they had sufficient bus money to get home, but by the evening the fares had gone up by 50 % and the kombis refused to allow the children on board. We made a plan as always, but it is an indication of how crazy things are getting here and the huge financial pressure on families with tiny incomes.'

BUT the Cross Over team continue to focus on the positive and to celebrate students achievements. Deb also described a 9 year old boy who was very naughty when he joined Cross Over and troublesome in class. His mentor persevered in implementing affirmatory and disciplinary procedures. He started changing as he became aware that his behaviour would have consequences for himself and his classmates. At the end of term the mentor gave him a commendation certificate for being helpful in class. After the presentation he came to her in tears as, in all his years at school, he had always been told he was naughty and this was the first time he had ever received any type of award for something good.

Thank you Bernwode News!

We are grateful to Bernwode News ( a community group based east of Oxford) for their generous grant of £850 to MNCP. The money will be used as follows:

  • £400 to provide 20 desperately poor children at the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre with uniforms. MNCP will provide a quality summer and winter uniform, including pairs of socks and shoes, for each child. The uniforms provide a common identity, making them feel like they belong to a family, and ensuring that no child has to attend in rags.
  • £450 to fit a radio-controlled gate to the office premises where Sandra Pillay often works alone at night. The area is high-risk and this is essential for the safety of Sandra, the MNCP vehicle, and the office property.

Please join us at our BRAAI (BBQ) on Sunday 30 June!

Proceeds to Mama Ntombi's Community Projects


Cost: Adults £15; Children 12 and under £5; Family of 4 £35 (Pay on the day)

Where: Ferndale, Aldbury View, Tiddington, OX9 2LQ Wine and Beer by donation.


Start: 3.00pm at Tiddington Village Hall (OX9 2LY). Aprox 2-3 miles. Voluntary donation.

Please RSVP if possible

Email: Tel 01865 766117 Please supply: Your contact details, number of attendees and special dietary needs. If your plans change please let us know.

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