The challenge that the project addresses:
Mudiwa Foundation seeks to address some of the most prominent issues associated with child poverty in rural and under-served communities in Zimbabwe. Poverty within such communities manifests itself in a lack of educational resources, prevalent hunger, absence of family support systems, child labour, child marriage and prostitution – to mention just a few.
What is your project doing to respond to this challenge?:
Mudiwa is tackling the issues outlined above by:
- supporting educational opportunities by covering school tuition for children who cannot afford to pay.
- raising funds for school uniforms and other basic day to day needs for disadvantaged children.
- acting as a mentor to a younger boy or girl who is in primary or early secondary school through the “adopt a scholar” initiative.
- running community development workshops and brainstorming ideas on how to build and sustain small community projects to improve incomes sources, and improve children’s home environments.
- engaging high school and primary school pupils on important issues such as HIV/AIDS and drug abuse.
Describe the project's impact:
- The project is in the process of building a classroom block for the children in Early Childhood Development at Rufaro Primary school. The classroom now just needs a roof and, once completed, will house about 45 children.
- The adopt a scholar initiative is under way, with 10 students currently receiving assistance with their school fees, stationery and other basic educational needs.
- Last year, the team successfully ran a ‘donate a pad’ drive, to provide sanitary towels for female children who had been missing school because of their monthly cycle.
- The Foundation has facilitated a number of community development workshops where community members, foundation members, teachers and students have sat down and brainstormed ideas on how society can be improved, and how to make life better for local children.