Talented orphan needs help

In the early morning of 2 June 1992, an unknown woman gave birth to a baby girl. For reasons unknown, she dumped the new-born baby near Makoni Shopping centre in Chitungwiza.

Sharon Mutasa with her Godparent Annah Rugube.
Sharon Mutasa with her Godparent Annah Rugube.

Two women on their way to the centre discovered the crying baby wrapped in a small blanket and reported the case to Chitungwiza police.

The police took the baby to the social welfare offices in Harare, who found a home for her in Bonda Mission Orphanage in Mutasa district.

Today that baby, named Sharon Mutasa is 22 years old. She told The Zimbabwean she longs to know her parents. “I always cry for my mum and dad, but there is no answer and I hope my mum is hearing my cries because she is the one who dumped me,” she said.

“It is so painful that I do not even know my mother, how she looks like,” she added.

Sharon has known her Godparent Annah Rugube as her mother since she was just one day old. She attended primary school at Bonda Primary School where she was an intelligent pupil. She passed with flying colours and was enrolled at Bonda Mission High School, well-known as St David’s Girls High School.

Despite facing lack of funding and sufficient study books, Sharon defied all odds and passed her Ordinary Level examinations in 2010 with an A, 2Bs and 3Cs. She then did Advanced Level at the same school and scored nine points for the three subjects.

And Sharon has some dreams. “I want to be a journalist – so that I can write and report articles that highlight the plight facing orphans and other disadvantaged children,” she said confidently. “There is a lot happening to the orphans and the media is not doing enough to highlight the problems we face. Children’s homes are doing a great job in raising the vulnerable orphans, but, they are not getting support from either the government pr society as a whole,” she said.

But her dream seems to have been shattered for now. She has no funds to pay for university or college fees. The Matron for Bonda Mission Orphanage, Letwin Taramba said: “She has been a wonderful child to us. We are happy that she has done so well in her studies. We are appealing to sponsors and donors who can assist her as she is just sitting at the orphanage doing nothing – yet she has good enough results to further her education.”

Rugube tearfully said: “I have confidence in her. I have been living with her since she came at the orphanage when she was just a day old. She refers to me as her mother.

She is a hard working child who is eager to have a successful life. I know if she is given the opportunity she will make it in life.”

Can you help Sharon?

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