SHE, REMOVING THE BARRIERS TO EDUCATION FOR ORPHANED GIRLS IN RURAL ZIMBABWE.
"We are pleased to be able to help support this amazing charity and would like to enourage all our members in WMB to get involved and help spread the word on the incredible work that they do. Here's a few words from SHE explaining what they do and how you can help" - Philippa Constable, Founder of WMB
She is secure, She has hope, She is empowered.
SHE exists to remove the barriers that stand between many girls and an education in Zimbabwe today.
SHE is working collaboratively with girls in rural Zimbabwe, along with their families, teachers, and communities to better understand these barriers. What causes them, how they can be overcome and what role SHE has a right to play in co-creating sustainable change.
We work with each girl to identify their specific needs as well as those more broadly prevalent in their communities. This has highlighted that many girls are not just without textbooks and uniforms but in some cases, shoes, underwear and food - going 2 or 3 days without eating. It has also brought to our attention the lack of funds available to families to travel and register the birth of their child resulting in children without identification or recognised legal existence. No ID, no exams, no qualifications, no rights.
Many children live as orphans in rural Zimbabwe due to economic migration of parents to South Africa, deaths from HIV Aids or because the parents couldn’t afford to keep them.
There is a big job to do - we have started small but importantly; we have started.
As of January 2021 twenty-five girls have begun the school year in the knowledge that they can consistently access and thrive in education until they graduate. Our support covers school fees, legal registration, textbooks, stationery, health checks, food hampers, clothing and footwear.
Via our in-country programme managers we remain in constant contact with the girls and their communities. In these particularly uncertain times, it is paramount that we understand how else we can support and equip SHE girls.
We want to celebrate these girls, and continue moving things out of their way so that they may choose the path they walk - we invite you to join us. In fact, we’d love for you to join us!
The best way to work with us is by setting up a direct debit for a monthly amount. As business people yourselves you’ll understand that this allows us to better predict our income and more confidently commit to activities in Zimbabwe - however we are of course grateful for any and all support.
Here are other ways you may choose to work with us:
• A one off donation
• Corporate partnerships, great and small
• Introductions to others in your network
• Running your own fundraising activity
• Adding us to your legacy,
It is a privilege to be the ‘Charity of the Year’ for Women Mean Biz - we are grateful to you all!
If you would like a further conversation about SHE or how you may become involved please get in touch - we’d be thrilled to hear from you.