BUILDING THE FUTURES OF 100 ZIMBABWEAN GIRLS

by Zimkids Orphan Trust

Summary

Zimbabwe is a dangerous place to grow up female. ZimKids is training 100 orphan girls to surmount the economic and social chaos and lead their community to a more vibrant and just future.
$50,000
total goal
$7,124
remaining
735
donors
2
monthly donors
3
years active

Challenge

In Zimbabwe, rape is endemic, with more than 20% of women reporting that their first sexual encounter was forced and a 30% of married women live with physical violence. Girls are taught nothing about their bodies or reproductive health. Rather, they are trained to crippling obedience, even as discriminatory inheritance laws deprive them of their homes and law enforcement ignores their plight. With unemployment running at 94 percent, sexual exploitation and early marriage have become the rule.

Solution

We provide them with tutoring, leadership opportunities and training in modern skills like web design, welding and construction, sewing as a business and raising a market garden. To move them beyond dependency on us, we plan to create small businesses based on the skills they've acquired. They will operate under our Trust's supervision for one year and then move out on their own. The first business planned is ZimGirls Welding, taking advantage of the huge market in burglar bars and gates.

Long-Term Impact

Our goal isn't only to help the girls we work with to create better futures. Think of the cascading effect of 100 girls fighting back against gender-based violence, 100 girls working in non-traditional fields, 100 girls training their sisters and cousins to new skills, new opportunities, new ways of thinking about themselves and their futures. We expect that these girls will become role models for a new generation of Zimbabweans, both male and female.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.zimkids.com
website
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Organization Information

Zimkids Orphan Trust

Location: Bulawayo - Zimbabwe
Website: http:/​/​www.zimkidsorphantrust.org
Project Leader:
Dennis Gaboury
Chair, Board of Trustees
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
$42,876 raised of $50,000 goal
 
1,009 donations
$7,124 to go
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