Zimbabwe: Supporting ambition

“My dream has been to become a skilled engineer,” says 25-year-old Addlove. Newly graduated with excellent marks, he has come a long step forward in turning this into reality in Zimbabwe.

Text: Anette Ruud Hennum/Sabona
Photo: Sabona

Born on 17 May 1992 in Bulawayo, the second largest city in this southern African country, Addlove is the older of two children in his family.

He was a bright boy and got noticed early by his teachers. But Zimbabwe’s economy was in difficulties, so raising money for school fees proved challenging for his parents. With the family struggling, Addlove was about to be taken out of school when he was enrolled in the Sabona Trust’s sponsorship programme.

He did not let this opportunity pass him by, and completed his primary education with flying colours. He attended secondary school from 2006-09 and served as head boy in his final year.

After passing his ordinary-level exams, he went on to upper secondary school and completed his advanced-level studies with very good passes.

Good degree

In 2012, Addlove started a five-year B.Eng honours course in civil and water engineering at the National University of Science and Technology and earned a 2.1 degree in 2017.  His final project was an assessment of a water distribution network using hydraulic modelling in the Magwegwe reservoir zone.  He proposed strategies there which could be implemented to ensure a continuous water supply for Bulawayo’s suburbs in the future.

“I’m grateful to Sabona Trust and all the well-wishers behind it for their invaluable support through trying times,” Addlove says.
“I am where I am today because of that backing, and hope this kind of help will continue to be offered to others. I’m looking forward to getting an engineering job soon.”

Addlove did his work placement with Zimbabwe Power Company in Hwange, and is currently looking for full-time employment. He has been for a few interviews in October.

His degree was officially conferred in November. With these results, he has a good chance of finding employment in the future.
Hopefully, the suburban communities in his home area will soon have engineer Addlove Ntini ensuring a safe water supply for them.

Sabona’s work continues

Many people are now looking expectantly to what will happen in Zimbabwe after the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe.

“These are uncertain times for the country, but one thing is quite definite – we’ll be continuing to support people in this beautiful land,” says Lars Nordin, general manager of Sabona.

“We’ve been adapting there to political and economic unrest, as well as natural disasters, for almost 20 years in order to ensure that help reaches those who need it quickly and directly. In uncertain conditions, our commitment is certain.”
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