Southern African Kids Programme
Southern Africa is a region going through immense change and whilst huge progress has been made over the last 20 years, there is still a long way to go.
First of all – Thank You. By visiting our website it means you are probably planning a trip and there is nothing that the people and the area need more than a continued growth in visitors. In addition there are other ways you can help the country more directly ad at Fleewinter we have searched for programmes we can encourage our clients to support. From 2010 to 2012 we supported Umthombo, a programme to help get children off the streets of Durban and back into mainstream life. In 2013 and 2014 we supported the Mafambisa programme on the Eastern borders of South Africa. Since 2015 we have been supporting a new school in Harare, Zimbabwe, which we have been involved in right from the word go. Collectively, we have raised more than £20,000 in support of worthwhile education projects and that’s thanks to all our friends and clients for contributing.
A Focus on Children
There are a wealth of good causes to support in Southern Africa and we have chosen to focus on children’s ones, specifically those aimed at education of the youngest and most vulnerable. In a rapidly developing region we passionately believe that education is fundamental in creating an integrated community and minimizing the chances of new generations being sucked into the spiral of poverty and crime.
To ensure that every penny you donate goes directly to the programme, the funds we raise are managed by We See Hope, a UK based charity. It is with our commitment that they have been able to use the money to 100% fund two new pre-schools in Zimbabwe and give 100’s of pupils an start in education.
Wise Hare Pre-school
The project aims to provide education support to orphans and vulnerable children in the area. The money we have raised through Fleewinter holidays pays entirely for the Wise Hare School. Since it was established in 2015, Wise Hare pre-school has experienced a 16% increase in the number of children enrolled.
The school has a good reputation in the local area already, which has been built on its brilliant teachers, new facilities and outdoor playground. The next challenge will be sustaining this success and opening the doors to more students. Wise Hare is more than just a school project – it also integrates the local community and provides a footing for a “Villagers Investment Programme” which means that within 4 years the project will be self-supporting and your funds can used to set up a new project.
The economic climate in Zimbabwe is a tough one and the future is by no means set for the Wise Hare School. Low disposable income makes it difficult to sustain growth, however they have introduced some small projects to help raise money to buy food for the children. This includes an onsite tuck-shop and a vegetable garden, the latter however made difficult by the recent drought. It has been great to see that the community spirit in Chitungwisa is rife, as many local people are donating food to the school.
The Sunrise Pre-School has been working tirelessly to bring orphaned and vulnerable children from surrounding villages to the pre-school. Situated in a rural community in Zimbabwe, the Sunrise Centre was created to help impoverished children have access to pre-school education in their local community. This community relies almost entirely on subsistence farming and poverty is widespread, with the majority of households living below the poverty line. Cases of child abuse, neglect and child labour are particularly high in this area, as is the number of orphans.
Children have to travel extremely long distances (20 km plus) to reach a pre-school and with many households having five or more children, families struggle to pay the government pre-school fees (there are no free pre-schools in Zimbabwe). There is also the matter of perception; adults do not necessarily see the value of education for their impoverished families.
The Sunrise Centre opened in January 2017 and is going strong. They anticipate that 35 children will graduate onto primary school by the end of 2018. The centre is supported with regular materials, technical support and teacher training. They are in the process of implementing a nutrition garden to help generate an income as well as feed the children. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to help with the development and maintenance of the centre.
Of course, there continues to be challenges, mainly the ongoing drought which has had a disastrous effect on the farming community and in turn poverty levels, health and nutrition.
How it works
It couldn’t be simpler – we donate £10 for every booking we make and we also add a matching donation onto all our client invoices, making £20 in total. Of course your donation is entirely voluntary and clients who prefer can ignore it. On the other hand, everyone is welcome to increase the donation at the time of booking or anytime thereafter…
Wise Hare Pre-School: We were delighted to see 29 children graduate to primary school in 2015 and the expectation is that this pre-school enrolment number will continue to grow.
With continued support from teachers, guardians, the local community and the church, Wise Hare School should soon be able to take up to 40 children. The church has already begun to raise money to add another classroom, which they are hoping will be underway by next year. If this happens, coupled with the help of additional teachers, the school will be able to enroll up to 100 students, which would be a fantastic result.
To learn more about We See Hope’s vision, click here
Sunrise Pre-School: Over the past two years the Sunrise Centre has developed into a recognised and established pre-school in the Goromonzi community. Since it was founded there has been a significant increase in the number of children enrolled. From five in early 2017 to 41 as of October 2018.
In 2017 a total of 13 children graduated onto primary school in their first year of operating.
Thanks again for your support and please do ask if you want more details