Education and Well Being Support

Sponsorship for Children of All Ages

The Preschool Children in the Nhimbe villages are able to attend our own Nhimbe Preschool and in Jangano they attend the local government supported preschool.  50 or more children graduate from our preschool each year.   Please see Nhimbe Preschool for more information.

Generally all the children from grade 1 to the Secondary level go to local elementary (grade 1-7) and secondary schools within walking distance from their homes.  Walking distance in rural Zimbabwe is much further than what we think of in the US.  It can be up to 5 k.m.  These children attend school there, and then gather for our Youth Well Being Program at the Nhimbe Community Center, or in Jangano, at one of the local schools.  The Secondary school for Nhimbe goes through Form 4 (like our junior year of high school) and  in Jangano goes from Form 1 through Form 6.  It costs an average of $100 to put a child through school for a year and provide them with all the services we offer in our Youth Well Being Program.

Sponsor a Child for Youth Well Being Support 
$
Sponsor a Child for Youth Well Being Support as a Gift That Keeps on Living
Provide Books and Learning Materials for the Developing Library
$

Older Children who have proven their exceptional study habits, earnest desire to learn, and an aptitude above the norm, may be provided with special schooling opportunities if funds are available.  If you are interested in helping an older student with their tuition, and possibly transport as they have to catch buses daily, please let us know here!

Sponsor an UPPER Grade Student for Youth Well Being Support 
$
Special Case Sponsorship
$
See Older Children for more information on special cases.
BOLO Build Our Learning Opportunities Primary School
$
  See BOLO Below
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Background

In our March 2000 request for lightweight school supplies, over 40 pounds of pencils, pens, erasers and rulers were donated. With Cosmas Magaya’s help, these supplies found their way into the primary and secondary school to supplement the supplies that parents must provide. This included a few special items for teachers.

Also in March 2000 we conducted interviews with village residents and the headmaster, we learned that 20 children in secondary school share 1 textbook and 75% of the children could not pay the school fees for schooling. The pattern that appeared in the survey results was that the families with many children most always could pay their fees; this challenged the preconceived stereo type that adults with large families become unable to take care of themselves. After reviewing the situation, we decided to set up scholarships for children unable to pay school fees, as well as upgrade the teaching materials available.

Why Sponsor a Child?

There is no “free” education in Zimbabwe. There is no legal requirement for a child to attend school. All parents desperately want their children to go to school because they know that it drastically changes their children’s future. Education gives them the knowledge, skills, and abilities to compete in their livelihood, and the personal power to relate to an ever-changing world. Unfortunately, due to poverty, some parents are unable to pay the school fees.

In our interview with the headmaster of one of the schools in Mhondoro where children attend from the adopted villages, he explained that children walk many kilometers to come to school even when they haven’t paid their fees. He said they aren’t too harsh on the children, but they do have to send them back home. Most of these children continue to return regularly, hoping to learn.

Teaching Materials

Nhimbe for Progress is working to upgrade the school resources as well and so have been developing a library. When we learned that in secondary school, 20 children maybe sharing 1 textbook, it was clear that there is a desperate need for textbooks and library books. If you are interested in donating to this part of the program, your tax-deductible donation helps to purchase books there to be part of the library. Shipping books from here hasn’t proven to be practical due to shipping costs although due to a non-profit called Books For Humanity, we have managed to get assistance with several shipments! If you have books to donate, please contact us. When traveling to Zimbabwe, volunteers carry school supplies and teaching materials, so the costs are reduced. Let us know if you’re interested.

Cost of Sponsorships

School fees are paid annually in January in Zimbabwe. We seek the educational sponsorship donations in the fall each year. We  no longer are able to send a picture of each child to the sponsor, or ask the children to write and tell us about themselves.  The one-to-one correspondence is a time-and-labor intensive task. For us to help send a child of any age to school, it costs an average of $100 per year.  A donation of any amount will help these children!

In interviews with village residents, we found that 75% of the children need financial assistance to pay school fees. Uniforms are a compulsory part of the school system in Zimbabwe, although they are often overlooked for the poorer child. An average of $10 of our sponsorship fee goes to buying the fabric for the uniform, and the parent barters for the sewing services to have the uniform made. We want to help Zimbabweans in their desire to improve the face of the rural lifestyle, and education is a major key. If you can find it in your budget, please consider supporting our sponsorship program.

Since 2009 the government has been requiring that the parents pay additional fees in the form of beans, rice, maize, and other groceries so that the teachers receive more payment for their services.  We are not involved in any way in that transaction.  The teachers and parents are negotiating at each school for this and not only do we not know exactly what is required at each school, but our budget also can’t cater to each different circumstance.  We are paying the school fees and are hopeful that the parents are able to do their part.  Some fees have jumped so significantly and are not yet stabilized and so we are not able to sponsor children who attend these schools.

B.O.L.O. – Build Our Learning Opportunities

Due to the lack of educational materials and creative learning in the rural areas, we have been working towards a vision of our own primary school.  Much can be learned about running a school by our experiences with the preschool where we feed the children daily.  Our goal is to establish a Nhimbe for Progress first grade, and then add a grade a year.  Since the dollarization in 2009, we have been required to pay much higher expenses to run the project as a whole, including school fees, and so are still waiting for the government to step forward and pay teachers in our school a living wage.  When they are able to do that, we will be able to support the growth and evolution of education for the young.  In the meantime we are saving towards building a primary school.