An incredible experience, Zimbabwe is a country rich in its culture and history but what most amazed me was how welcoming the people were. I got the opportunity to work with some of the locals and their friendliness and hard-working ethic were impressive. I always say that this trip made me remember how grateful we should be for everything in our lives and I will always be thankful for this experience.
A.R. (Leysin American School) April2016
During my time working with the ATTIC kids in Matopos, I was overwhelmed with the positive energy and excitement that takes over the camp during that week. The passion to learn, lead, perform and simply develop friendships is so apparent from the youngest of the ATTIC kids all the way through to the competitors, Chiefs, and Sethule committee members. I was there to teach and motivate, but I also, personally, learned so much and came back home to the United States eager to share stories about my experience with family, friends and coworkers! Thank you Sethule!
Monica: USA 2015
“My experience of ATTIC was heart-warming. Despite the difficulties that the children face every day, they have something to look forward to in August each year. Not only is the event filled with fun and competitive activities that take their minds away from their troubles, but there is a religious aspect too that gives them hope and comforts them in knowing that God is with them every step of the way”
Rafilo: Wits Economics Student, South Africa 2015
It is no secret that Zimbabwe as a state has suffered many tribulations due to the economic disintegration and thus there is need for change. Sethule Orphans Trust’s commendable work in the rural parts of Zimbabwe is exactly what Mahatma Gandhi meant when he said ‘be the change you want to see in the world’. The annual ATTIC event is fun; spiritually edifying and gives hope the children & participants who come from relatively underprivileged places. Sethule is also in the battle against HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy. Through high school programmes like ‘Dare to be Different’ students are educated about the dangers and realities of the HIV pandemic and other STIs. The girl-child, being the most affected are cautioned about teenage pregnancy and how it could have a negative impact of their future. Likewise, Sethule is conscious of the fact that we now live in a digital and technologically sophisticated century. Through the Computer program, Sethule ensures that kids from remote areas are not left out and can acquire the skills necessary to function in this digitalised world. Sethule also frowns upon sexual abuse. Through the REACT program, children as young as six years are made aware of what sexual abuse entails, how to safeguard themselves from such abuse and the steps to be taken should the abuse occur.
Bheki: Wits Law Student, South Africa 2015
Sethule Trust realized that there are lot of issues that can make a child unhappy: for example the issue of abuse. Sethule introduced the REACT programme, which has made a huge difference in the community. It was exciting to work with this programme.
Thembekile: Zimbabwe 2015
The ATTIC Youth Camp has been in my heart ever since I was a competitor. It is so exciting to see young adults spending time together in a competitive environment, sharing their experiences and bettering they sports, social and academic capabilities.
Thabani: Zimbabwe 2015
The Sethule ATTIC camp gives an ideal opportunity for adolescents to meet and learn good interaction and conflict resolution through competitions in Song, Quiz, Sports and Drama. Having attended ATTIC several times, both as a competitor and a leader, I learnt how better to interact and to see my own potential. I also leant how to devote my time to the others through fellowship, leadership, and working together as a team.
Abigail: Netherlands 2014
Sethule Trust values family relationships. It endeavours to rebuild broken families by finding orphaned children foster homes where they can grow in a normal home. Some homes were child-headed and Sethule, working alongside the community, has helped these children by finding an adult who can look after them. The striving to eliminate poverty through the self-help skills such as knitting, gardening, fowl run hairdressing etc. is impressive. I was honoured to be part of Sethule from its early years.
Thembi: New Zealand 2014
I owe a great debt to Sethule Trust, which opened my eyes to the work it does: it exists entirely to serve both children and young adults, communities and families by helping them tackle the problems they face.
Lee: New Zealand 2014
When we went to Zimbabwe, we were able to work with the school and the orphans, which became a very interesting experience. I had a lot more fun than I imagined I would have. What I loved the most was the last day, when we were able to share about our cultures with the students. I really had fun learning their traditional dances and being able to dance together with them. I really enjoyed this trip a lot and I will definitely come back to Zimbabwe in the future.
Ana: Brazil 2013
The trip to Zimbabwe was really amazing, and what I appreciate the most was meeting people and making friends, being able actually to talk to them and have fun as opposed to the way many other organizations work – just sending supplies and letting people distribute them. The fact that we visited the school, the project, and worked along with Sethule makes it clear that both sides benefited from this cross-cultural dialogue.
Armen: Armenia 2013
Thank you so much for organising my time in Zimbabwe so well. I learnt a huge amount and also had a very good time in the enjoyable company of some very nice people. The team at Sethule are fantastic: they are so welcoming and well organised, I couldn’t have asked for a better team. I also really enjoyed working at Sethule and finding out more about the organisation and what it does. It is such a worthwhile charity and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Bertie: St Paul’s School, UK 2010
My time in Zim was a wonderful, amazing life-changing experience! Thank you Sethule Staff for arranging all of it. My involvement in the Bereavement Counselling Programme, Painting of the Hostel, Orphan Home Visits and the ATTIC Competition allowed me to interact and be part of the Natisa rural community. I loved it and hope I may go back for a longer time.
Samantha: Switzerland 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and I don’t think I could have had a more varied and exciting time; I felt very privileged to see the amazing work you are doing there.
Katherine: Canford School, UK 2009
Zim is a fantastic, beautiful country that has been terribly unlucky. I had a wonderful time there experiencing a whole variety of different places. The people I met were friendly and open and I cannot wait to go back at the earliest opportunity. My highlights included white-water rafting in Victoria Falls, my time spent volunteering at Antelope Park, and taking part in a show to raise money for Sethule Trust in Matopos.
Sophie: Canford School, UK 2009