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100 000 Poets for Change- Grand Rapids

This Saturday, September 26 2015, CLUBHOUSE International co-hosts ‘100 000 Poets for Change- Grand Rapids’ together with community revilatization organization, LINC Up. The event is part of an international effort (570 events in 100+ countries on the same day!!) to artistically adress matters of ‘social justice, peace, and sustainability.

While our primary mission is community development in impoverished Zimbabwean communities, we are ever so honored to be part of something much larger than ourselves. We are also excited to be hosting this event for the city which graciously hosts our headquarters, Grand Rapids Michigan!

If you are in the area, we hope to see you then!

(More info, visit the event page on facebook here!)


The Other Important Day...

By Mr. Shingi Mavima (CLUBHOUSE International Director)Sentiments on the 2015 CLUBHOUSE Festival

‘The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”- Mark Twain

I have always felt I owed an overwhelming debt to Dangamvura, the (subjectively) idyllic Mutare neighborhood in which I grew up. An upbringing that heavily emphasized philanthropy and an opportunity at travel and education that allowed me to witness a more holistic spectrum of suffering as well as continuously garner ideas for the uplift of our people only added to said debt.  At the tail end of 2011, as I sat up in my college apartment, I decided it was time to begin repaying. Countless hours of writing, delirium-inducing discussion, and innumerable phone calls and e-mails later, CLUBHOUSE International was born.

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A Society's Handicap...

The Importance of Re-Evaluating our Views and Treatment of Disability

By Nyasha Matavire (Exec Director, CLUBHOUSE Zimbabwe)


Sometimes when I make my Mutare trips to visit the kids on my own, I go by bus and travelling by bus in 
Zimbabwe is quite an experience. You encounter a lot of things and sometimes you have to endure a lot 
of discomfort: what with the roadblocks; the heat in the bus; the many stops; the mothers who just can’t 
seem to stop eating and feeding their children! Things are even worse when you get a seat by the aisle, 
you will have to dodge everyone coming in and getting out of the bus during the many stops. You also, 
however, learn a lot during these rides.

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A Special Congratulations to Mr. Musa Milupi

(By International Executive Director, Shingi Mavima)

Congrats to our incredble co-founder and director of marketing, Musa Milupi!

I first met Musa some seven years ago. Already three years into my college career, I was already established in my involvement around campus when he first came to Grand Valley State University. I had been a founding member of the African Student Council and president at the time, a Resident Assistant and active in my fraternity. Up until then, I had desperately tried to rally friends- African or otherwise- to get involved in all the things the school had to offer; with various and mainly meager levels of success.

Thus, when Musa approached me upon introduction and barraged me with a dozen questions about how he could get involved, I was slightly caught off guard. Who was this kid, and who had put him up to this? In time, his relentless pursuit for the uplift of his community could not go unnoticed. Within a year of arriving at GVSU, Musa was presiding over the African Student Council, on the GVSU Soccer team, a Resident Assistant, a member of the fraternity, among other things. We also grew to be particularly good friends due to an endless list of other similar interests: we were both lifelong Arsenal fans who played goalkeeper prior to college, hailed from southern Africa, and were committed to overturning the perception and condition of the continent.

In all this, three qualities about Musa stuck with me even as I graduated and left the state: his uncompromising work ethic, his steadfast dedication to community service, and his eternal childlike eagerness to learn new things. When the idea for CLUBHOUSE International began to take shape, I had no qualms in my mind about who I needed to sign up on our US-based team. Four years later, Musa has continued to be part of the CLUBHOUSE lifeblood that dates back to its founding.  He has fundraised, programmed, met with people, fought with me and others- all to ensure that the work we do continues to grow and help those it was created to.

Sillier Times! Back in the day, with Musa and I taking a break from a study session

As I write this note on occasion of Musa’s graduation from George Mason University with a B.A in Sports Management, I am especially awed by his dedication. Here is a man who, twice, has been forced to leave school in the US and even return home to Zambia, and yet has persevered and walks out of the halls of his Alma Mater with a hero’s tale to tell and the world at his feet. In so many ways, Musa embodies the CLUBHOUSE essence at its core. We are honored to have him on the team, and I am personally humbled to call you one of my best friends.


Congratulations Baby Moose!


Feedback from the Staff and Students

Since our founding, we have worked with dozens of students and several members of the community; mostly with your undying support. Whenever we get feedback from the schools and our friends in Zimbabwe, we like to share that with you as well. Here is a stitched pic showcasing some of the highlights that the two schools shared with us recently!

We have also received video testimonials from some of our students! Here is one from a young lady named Waraidzo!

And here is another from our friend Tadiwa! Hope you enjoy these videos!

As their second term approaches, you can still contribute to the scholarship tuition by visiting our donation page at the link below! 


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