The Mudeka Foundation, a new charity set up by Norfolk-based Zimbabwean musician Anna Mudeka, to help HIV orphans and disadvantaged children in the Harare area of Zimbabwe will be launched at Hay Hill, Norwich on Saturday, June 16, from 1pm to 3pm, http://www.mudekafoundation.com/.
Two Norfolk groups, Dumisani African drummers and dancers and Broads Vocal Harmony will provide an African themed musical backdrop to the launch.
Anna Mudeka and her fellow Mudeka Foundation trustees will be on hand to talk about the aims of the charity and their trip to Zimbabwe in March, where they visited the schools and children that they support. Alex Dunlop, from BBC Look East, who is patron of the foundation, will also be present.
Anna Mudeka said: “My old primary school in Harare has 1500 students of whom a third are Aids orphans. They desperately need our help as only 70 of the orphans are supported by the State.”
“We also visited two secondary schools including Muda, a two-hour drive from Harare. The school is in a small building with no glass in the windows and no equipment – just four benches. Of the 35 students only five have two parents. We are keen to develop a project to equip this school, as well as provide financial support for the students to pay their school fees and buy a school uniform.”
Anna Mudeka’s annual Southburgh World Music Festival on Saturday 28 July, featuring music from Brazil, Eastern Europe, Senegal, Zimbabwe and the UK will be raising money for the charity. Anna is also planning a sponsored walk along the Norfolk Coast Path between 23 and 27 August. If you would like to take part you can apply for a sponsor form at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about The Mudeka Foundation and Southburgh World Music Festival tel. 01362 822194.