Congrats Adam and Team!
Congrats Adam and Team!
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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:
All donations go towards funding our partner projects in Zimbabwe. Please give generously!
Good luck Adam!
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!
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.
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
26 Great George St
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…
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 email@example.com 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%!
Click the attached link to check out this great article featuring ZET in the “Charity” section of the Yorkshire Post! Many thanks to Angela Belassie from PR The Write Way for the excellent article. Yorkshire Post – September 25 2015
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!
This story hit the headlines in Zimbabwe twice this year. In the interests of child protection, we have not used real names.
Thembi is a 17 year old orphan who was referred to Trinity Project by the local Child Protection Committee. Just over two years ago, Thembi was raped by her uncle and fell pregnant as a result. She is now mother to an 18 month old baby boy.
Thembi reported the rape to the police; her uncle was successfully prosecuted and is now in jail. However, as a result of this brave decision, Thembi received death threats from her extended family. Some of these family members illegally occupied the house which had belonged to Thembi’s late parents, making Thembi homeless for a time. Through mediation with the family, Trinity Project was able to find a family member to speak up on behalf of the girl. This enabled us to take the case to a Magistrate, who appointed Trinity Project as the executors of the deceased estate. As a result, it was then possible to evict the family members who were squatting in Thembi’s home. However, Thembi’s family left the house without paying utility bills, leaving her with crippling debts as well as mounting legal fees. To compound matters, Thembi recently discovered she has cervical cancer, possibly resulting from the sexual abuse she suffered as a child, so is also having to find money to pay medical bills.
Thembi was always at the top of her class at school, but the traumas she has suffered over the past 2 years have forced her to drop out of education. She is now determined to find the money to pay for her school fees so she can return to education and fulfil her ambition of becoming a solicitor.
With the guidance of Trinity Project’s expert staff, ZET has supported Thembi as she seeks to overcome the challenges she faces. This summer, over $1,000 was raised in a special appeal which paid all of Thembi’s court costs and a large percentage of her debts. On 6th November, a magistrate officially authorised the transfer of the house into Thembi’s name.
First and foremost I would like to thank you for your efforts in supporting me in my legal cases and my financial crisis. Three quarters of my debts in electricity and water bills have been paid off through the donated US$1000. These debts were a burden to me, and I used to find it difficult to concentrate on my life.
Ever since Trinity Project started assisting me, my life has been shaping up. Now I am able to concentrate on my studies with no worries of debts.
I sincerely appreciate and I am grateful for all your help and support. May God be with you and bless you all.