Vimba is a relatively small charity established in 2007 by a group of individuals who were united in their common desire to do something about the suffering occurring across Zimbabwe. The name ‘ Vimba ‘ translates to mean ‘hope’ in the native language Shona. Vimba is purely focused on raising funds to assist a number of designated projects throughout Zimbabwe. Vimba’s projects focus on the identification, development and maintenance of Child Feeding and Education Centers in which children from a 15km radius attend 5 days per week.
At the centres children are provided with:
- One guaranteed nutritional meal a day
- Informal education
- Healthcare through the provision of registered nurses
The Ubunye Foundation
The Ubunye Foundation is a rural development trust, established in 2002 in response to the chronic underdevelopment in the rural areas of South Africa’s poorest province, the Eastern Cape. The organization focuses on social development through a “self-help” approach, empowering individuals, groups and communities and teaching self-reliance. The group takes a holistic approach to development, recognizing the multiple physical, economic, social and spiritual dimensions of human wellbeing.
The Ubunye Foundation works within 50 km radius North of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape’s Cacadu Districts. They work on 12 sites divided into two areas made up mostly of the elderly and young.
London Youth Rowing
London Youth Rowing (LYR) is a sports charity which aims to develop young people through physical activity and opening access to rowing at all levels. LYR assist 130 development schools and 20 clubs in London with over 7,000 participants, including over 250 young people with disabilities.
Through the success of the Row East London Olympic legacy initiative, now in its fourth year, LYR now aim to expand the model further afield. They continue to increase the number of young people regularly participating in their programs.
In 1989, 65 year old Regina Sekgobela opened a small day care for the children of Tembisa, a township on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The purpose was to look after local children when they finished school. It today fulfills the role of an orphanage. They currently take care of 15 – 20 children, but there have been more than 50 in the past. All children are welcomed including those from foster care, homeless, left by their parents or dropped off by the police.
This orphanage does not receive any help or funding from government and consists of three trailers of about 40 feet long and 15 feet wide. The trailers are used for sleeping, cooking, laundry, bathroom, and playing. Ms Sekgobela drops off and picks up the elementary age children from school each day. The younger children stay and learn at the orphanage.