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ZET 30th Anniversary Event

Zimbabwe Educational Trust turned thirty this year!

We commemorated thirty years of advancing educational opportunities in Zimbabwe with an evening of celebration with our loyal friends and supporters from throughout the years. Many of the guests had known of Vuli and the Trust since its founding in 1987, but the evening was also an opportunity to welcome new friends and spread the word.

For those of you who came, thank you so much for your support! Together we raised an incredible £818!

For those of you who unfortunately weren’t able to make it this time, you missed a fantastic evening…

The night kicked off at St Chad’s with a performance by Harmony Choir, a wonderful community choir who aim to bring together people from all different cultures and walks of life, who regaled the audience with interactive songs and dances from Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

   

We also had engaging talks from esteemed colleagues, including author John Farndon who spoke on the education sector in Zimbabwe and teacher Philip Weiss who spoke on the importance of diaspora links.

Several members of the Zimbabwean diaspora rallied together to cook a gorgeous authentic Zimbabwean meal for the occasion, including stews, sadza and caterpillars – topped off with ZET-decorated cupcakes!

Our long-term goodwill ambassador, Dumi Senda, performed a collection of his wonderful poetry, including the ever popular ‘I am an African’, and sold copies of his book at the event to raise money for ZET.

Finally, the night finished off with traditional African dancers – who absolutely raised the roof! – and a world music disco. We do hope all our guests enjoyed the event as much as we did!

ZET would like to say a big thank you to all involved for making it such a fun and memorable evening, and thank you so much to those of who you attended or donated to support our vital work advancing education in marginalised Zimbabwean communities.

If you would like to give ZET a 30th birthday present, you can donate at http://www.zimbabweeducationaltrust.org.uk/support-us

Written by Hannah O’Riordan

8
Jul

ZET Coast to Coast Bike Ride Event

Dear friends and supporters of ZET,

Adam, our ZET Treasurer, and a friend are doing a Coast to Coast bike ride next weekend. They will be cycling a total of 180 miles over four days, along ‘The Way of the Roses’ – stretching from Morecambe, Lancashire to Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

This is set to be a difficult challenge, facing both the Pennines and the British weather! If you would like to support Adam and ZET, you can sponsor him here:

http://zimbabweeducationaltrust.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=df0cb92f6e7c7070f219d90e8&id=c66208f221&e=adc8686779

All donations go towards funding our partner projects in Zimbabwe. Please give generously!

Good luck Adam!


Global Giving Week 7/3-14/3

Exciting news, during the 3rd-14th or March, Global Giving will be matching all donations to ZET. Just go to the following link to donate: https://www.globalgiving.co.uk/donate/9619/zimbabwe-educational-trust-zet/

Global Giving is a charity organisation which creates online profiles for each of the projects ZET fundraises for, Trinity, Rafiki and Foundations for Farming. As part of a Global Giving wide initiative to raise awareness and funds for women’s issues, gender equality and development, they/we will be promoting the Rafiki Girls Centre. This is a great way to extra awareness and revenue coming in to support the work of the centre, which provides vocational and life skills courses to vulnerable women in Harare to help them out of marginalisation and poverty and into work!

Thank you so much for any contributions you can make in helping further ZET’s outreach and mission!


Pub Quiz Success!

On Wednesday 17th February ZET hosted a pub quiz fundraising event at O’Neills in Leeds.There was a great turnout and fun was had by all! There were some brilliant prizes to be won, including a bottle of prosecco, boxes of chocolates, and a meal at Nando’s. Overall we raised a giant £134.92 in support of the Rafiki Girls Centre in Harare!

Hakuna Quiztata’ won best team name, and the winners scored an impressive 32/40 answers right. With the quiz including a general knowledge, popular culture and flags round among others, the competition was high and the win was well deserved!

A Story from Rafiki Girls Centre:

Beatrice, also known to her friends as Beattah, has three sisters and one brother, growing up in a three-roomed house in Epworth, one of the poorest communities in Harare. In 2005 Beattah’s father sadly passed away leaving her mother to earn money for the family. Due to lack of funding for her school fees, Beattah could not continue with her education. She has always had a dream of becoming an air hostess.

In 2006 aged 18 Beattah was accepted to Rafiki Girls Centre for 6 months training, including a Beauty therapy course at People’s College, before going on to working as a receptionist in a clinic. Using subjects she had learned at Rafiki, like Computers and Business Communication, Beattah applied for a course in Business Administration with London Chamber of Commerce International Board. Beattah received a Diploma in Business Administration, and later advanced to complete a course in International Council Driver’s License. However, when looking for employment after education, Beattah unfortunately did not get a job.

In 2012 Beattah saw an advert in the newspaper which was inviting applications from those who wanted to work as airhostesses or ticketing. Beattah decided to pursue her dream and applied to train as an Air hostess with Central Air Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe. However, when Beattah was finally called for training in 2013 she had no money to pay fees. Rafiki launched a successful appeal to cover her $750 fees. Beattah completed her air hostess training, but did not get a job immediately.

After a time working as a housing estate agent, Beattah saw an advert online from South Africa to study as an air hostess. She saved up and went through more air hostess training to give her an advantage to find a job in South Africa. In June 2015 Beattah successfully completed her training and was given the license to work as an air hostess. Beattah has since been appointed to work with Ethiopian Airlines starting August 2015.
Beattah’s dream has finally come true at 27 years of age! Beattah’s perseverance and tenacity has certainly motivated other girls.

Thank you for your support to Rafiki – please continue to give generously to help other women like Beattah to realise their dreams.31f6a5a8-d0c4-4e1f-96a3-ce8808d5179a

12
Feb

Pub Quiz to Support Rafiki Girls’ Centre!

Support of Rafiki Girls”Centre Pub Quiz Wednesday 17 February 2015

Rafiki Girls’ Centre

ZET will be having a pub quiz to raise funds for Rafiki Girls’ Centre.

Date : Wednesday17 Feb 2016

Time : 8PM

Place:O’Neills Leeds

          26 Great George St 

          Leeds,LS1 3DL

Join us for some fun and drinks as we raise funds for Rafiki.

Based in Harare, the Rafiki Girls’ Centre provide vocational training to some of Harare’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable young women.In addition to academic training,they provide emotional,psychological and social support-empowering disadvantaged women and promoting gender equality.

Come and support Rafiki…


Please Consider Regular Giving

We are inviting 30 new monthly donors to give £10 per month (as a guide) to increase our support base. You can set up a regular monthly donation securely online via PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr) or by completing and signing a Standing Order form (available on the support page) and returning it the ZET office by email tocontact@zimbabweeducationaltrust.org.uk or by post to Zimbabwe Educational Trust, Ebor Court, Skinner Street, Westgate, Leeds, LS1 4ND.

Providing a regular monthly donation is the most effective way to support our work. Small amounts given regularly allow us to plan and budget our activities with greater certainty and employ a part-time Operations Manager. When you have set up your donation, please follow the link to ‘Return to Zimbabwe Educational Trust’. You will then be given the option to subscribe to our Donors Mailing List, and if you are a UK tax payer you will be able to opt into the Gift Aid scheme, which will increase the value of your donations by up to 25%!

16
May

IT Schools Africa

Based in Cheltenham with a sister organisation in Harare, ITSA have many years’ experience refurbishing IT equipment and shipping it for use in schools across Africa. Working in partnership with them, ZET is sending an initial shipment of 50 PCs, with plans to send more equipment and to help schools in Zimbabwe establish fully functional IT Suites and provide IT training for teachers.

A big thanks to Boston Spa College and Training 26 for the donation of computers for this shipment!