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Gabrielle Elkaim Fundraising

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Gabrielle Elkaim Fundraising

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In rural Zimbabwe, children with physical disabilities face obstacles that seem insurmountable. They have no wheelchairs – or ramps. No braces or special accommodations. They are often hidden away in their family huts, pariahs because of the traditional belief that disabilities are signs of the ancestors' displeasure or the macinations of a witch.

Energy Maburutse, Goodwell Nzou and Honest Mupatsi defied the odds. Although Energy’s uncle called him an “animal,” and the families of Goodwell and Honest told the boys that they were “useless,” the three struggled their way out of their villages into a special school for children with disabilities. There, with humor and tenacity, they excelled. The music of their band, Liyana, captured the interest of American filmmakers, who won an Oscar for their documentary portrait of the young musicians. And their academic achievements won them scholarships to U.S. universities.

Even with those funds, we’re still short of what we need to cover their room and board, books, health insurance and spending money. Please help us to give these amazing young men the chance to keep soaring.

The Longer Story:

It’s not easy being born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Brittle Bone Syndrome, anywhere since it consigns you to a lifetime of fractures, a frame that compresses your organs, and an inability to walk. And in Zimbabwe, the situation is even worse. But Energy Maburutse has a tenacious mother who refused to consign her son to a lifetime of dependence. She found him a place in a special school for the disabled – and carried him there in a bucket on her head because she didn’t know that such a thing as a wheelchair existed. From that elementary school, he received a scholarship to study at King George VI School, Zimbabwe’s only secondary school for children with disabilities. 

So did his friends Goodwell Nzou and Honest Mupatsi. Goodwell, the 16th of 22 children, had lost a leg from a snake bite and was told by his family that he should forget about school since it was silly to waste money on a useless disabled boy. He'd fought for the right to continue his education and kept fighting all through school, emerging at the top of his class. Honest still wasn't sure about how to think of the future. When he was diagnosed with hemophilia, his father told him that he was cursed, and he still thought he might be right.

Their worlds began expanding when they helped to found the band Liyana and began traveling, first throughout southern Africa, then to Europe, and family, in 2009, to the U.S. America became their dream, and they moved a step closer when they finished high school and were selected as three of 33 students, out of a pool of 975 applicants, to participate in USAP, the United States Achievers Program, a very selective U.S. government-sponsored program that assists highly-motivated, talented students from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds to find places in, and scholarships to U.S. universities.

Honest received a scholarship to the University of Kansas, where he is studying Computer Science. Energy is studying Communications at Lynn University in Florida, and Goodwell is majoring in Biochemistry at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. And all three of them had fantastic freshman years. Goodwell is at the top of his class and playing with the Nazareth Percussion Ensemble. Energy has been speaking in churches and making short films. And Honest, who a junior in high school before he saw his first computer, is now programming on his own. 

We made it through their freshmen years with the help of university scholarships and the generosity of dozens of friends and admirers. But we still have 2-1/2 more years! 

Please help us raise the funds we need to give them the futures they deserve.


Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

Supporters

Comment Donation
Yetta L. Thanks to the article in More magazine, I've become aware of this opportunity to help.
$50.00
Anonymous
$200.00
Anonymous I hope more people follow your lead.
$50.00
Katherine Mills I saw your article in More. God bless you for all you did.
$50.00
Anonymous
$50.00
Stephanie Babyak Persevere. We support you.
$75.00
Anonymous
$25.00
Kande True tikkun olam, Elinor -- best wishes to Goodwell, Honest and Energy!
$500.00
Peg Hicks-Moore We can hardly guess where our lives will lead us
$100.00
Fran Donovan Thanks for all your efforts to provide these remarkable young men with college educations.
$20.00
Alicia With love and gratitude for how big your heart is! Best wishes to the boys!
$250.00
Anonymous May you go further than your wildest dreams. God bless and thank you for being an inspiration.
$100.00
Janet Hutchison and Scott Ford Read this story in More magazine and appreciate you and your husband for being moved by these extraordinary young men! Love to you all!
$200.00
Robin Tucker Beautiful Elinor! You and your boys are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story. With Love and Gratitude ~ Robin
$100.00
Michele A wonderfully inspiring story. Thank you Elinor for helping make their dreams come true.
$100.00
JIll I was very moved by your story; good luck to all of you!
$50.00
annonymous Mother Teresa said, "Help those that God has placed in your path." Thank you for doing so.
$50.00
Ellen Moyer What a wonderful parent you are!
$100.00
Karen B. Read article in More, amazing & inspiring story. Good luck to all! As a Kansan I say to Honest: Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!
$150.00
Anonymous You uplift us all; continued success.
$25.00
Sarah A. God bless!
$25.00
Anonymous
$25.00
Melissa Wadsworth Thanks for taking the initiative to get these wonderful men the education they dream of.
$50.00
Mary Lynn Halland How wonderful to have such talented and driven students in America
$10.00
Clare Marie Kehoe Joyful work
$100.00
vanessa carosella Saw story in More mag, Energy goes to Lynn in Boca Raton, my daughter also goes there,and has had him in her classes,and knows Energy.
$200.00
Anonymous Live the life you have always imagined. God bless.
$25.00
Cyndi I had the pleasure of meeting Prudence when she came to our school two years ago. What a wonderful group of people.
$25.00
Carine Vinett This is such a great cause, these boys are amazing! Please tell Energy, Honest and Goodwell that to me they are kings :)
$100.00
Diana Keeler Elinor, you are as amazing as the young men you are helping. Wishing you all much success
$50.00
Nan Martin Best of luck to those three amazing young men...love their names!! And thankful they have Elinor in their corner....
$20.00
Linda S. Kagan Just read your inspiring article in the March issue of More magazine. Your efforts with these kids are a true mitzvah.
$50.00
Anonymous Study hard and enjoy!
$100.00
Sarah
$100.00
judy coyne
$200.00
Ila Stanger
$100.00
Anonymous
$100.00
Anonymous
$249.00
Anonymous
$249.00
Meg and Allan Goldstein Gabi, good friends are like gold! Thank you for setting such a great example in all you do for Energy and best of luck to him!
$100.00
Jordan Cooper
$25.00
sandy hayden So great that energy's first year went so well. I am sure it will only get better.
$300.00
PD Kirby Energy is inspiring
$60.00
Anonymous Good luck!
$36.00
Hessom Man you have the best name. And good luck!
$50.00
Anonymous I wish you all the best!!!
$30.00
Jennifer Tom Wishing Energy all the best!!!
$1,000.00
Will Corbin ALWAYS KEEP THE FAITH! YOU WILL SUCCEED!
$20.00
Larissa Beyerlein good luck with reaching your goal!
$13.77
dave
$50.00

Donation Summary

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Total Raised
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