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Mafaro Musimwa awarded DOE Bronze 2021

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Bronze

Most recently I completed my Bronze Award. It was not the easiest even though it is the first level you go through. It took me a year and a half, but I was inconsistent. I hadn’t realised the huge good impact it had on me mentally, physically and emotionally.

Procrastination is what really made the journey difficult and frustrating. I found myself doing unproductive things instead of heading forward with my award. My mind-set was what I needed to change. I decided to take it seriously and I found myself getting somewhere.

I did Bridge as my skill and since then I've loved Bridge Club. I would say my favourite time of the week was when I could spend time with the orphaned children of Musha We Vana. I have a soft spot for them and we have managed to grow such a strong bond together. I would like to call them my brothers and sisters because they have honestly made me feel so. Playing and talking to them about everything and anything really brought joy to my heart. Tennis was a challenge because I had bridge matches on the same day, but for a newbie I have improved in the sport and it was fun.

Lockdown was a huge setback for me. I was demotivated and still adjusting to online school and balancing DOE and it didn’t work out. I put it aside for almost the whole of quarantine even though I had only a few hours left. Again I needed to stop procrastinating and to change my mind set. I got back on my feet and pushed through. I substituted tennis with gym programs and I volunteered at our local neighbourhood’s orphanage. The little time I got with the children reminded me of Musha We Vana and I had an amazing time with the kids. It was extremely hard but I managed to complete my Bronze Award!
As soon as I completed my Bronze Award, I felt so capable and immediately the next day signed up for my practice and qualifying journey for the Silver Award.

Silver Journey (current award)
I started off my Silver Award journey with a practice journey and qualifying journey. Coming from quarantine, it was quite a challenge but it was refreshing to have a night out in Gosho Park. The practice journey was very helpful in prepping me for the tough Qualifying Journey that was ahead. The Chimanimani expedition was by far the toughest I’ve been on but the most exciting. I formed bonds, strong bonds, with girls I wasn’t really close to because we shared meaningful experiences together. This Qualifying Journey really strengthened me and the girls that came along. What I was happy about is not giving up through both journeys. It has changed how I view any challenge.
I am currently doing gym fitness for my sport, art illustrations as my skill and I am growing a garden at the Danai’s Children Home.

If there is a will there is a way
I now truly understand what they mean by success comes through hard work.
It is not impossible because there are students that have completed the highest level which is the Gold Award, but they worked three times harder than they did in the Bronze Award.
With success comes an even harder challenges to go through. Only you can make it happen, no one else. Having a positive mind-set can get you three steps ahead of your goal. You want the best for yourself at the end of the day.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is not like tests that you study set questions and answers for, it allows you to explore different aspects of life and it prepares you for the real world. You have a choice over what you would love to find out about, or learn more about.

The main principle I’ve learnt and practiced throughout is PATIENCE. Small, consistent steps, take patience.