“Gift of Education”
ZOF Africa sends teenage girls living at Emerald Hill Children’s Home to take vocational courses at Harare Polytechnic. To date, we have sent 45 girls to these courses, which has proved a huge success. With your help, we can send more this year! Examples of courses include:
- Sewing & Dressmaking
- Hair Dressing & Cosmetology
- Professional Cookery
The average cost per student is around $200. Donations will be pooled to sponsor students, so we encourage all donations, big and small.
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Since 2012, ZOF Africa has been working on the ground with volunteers to organise annual Career Days to benefit the boys at St. Joseph’s House for Boys and the girls at Emerald Hill Children’s Home.
During the event, a number of prominent Zimbabwean professionals address the teenagers through presentations on their professions, which included careers in finance, the automotive industry, medicine, and humanitarian work, to name a few. In addition, one-on-one sessions take place between the professionals and the teenagers.
The Careers Day exposes teenagers living in underpriviledged conditions to the working world– in many cases for the first time. The powerful motivational and networking effects.
Each year, ZOF Africa tries to raise $500 to fund the day. If you would like to help, please consider donating.
This year, the Careers Days was organised on the ground by volunteers Justine Passaportis, Jenny Jordaan and Juma Magwira. A huge THANK YOU is extended to each of them.
Read their report here.
1. How to Write a CV
2. How to Write a Business Plan
ZOF Africa currently runs two workshops for 15-20 year olds living at St. Joseph’s House for Boys and Emerald Hill Children’s Home. During the CV workshop, the boys and girls learn about the importance of CVs how to write their own. In the Business Plan workshop, the boys and girls brainstorm on different business ideas fit for the Zimbabwean economy, and subsequently write a business plan around their ideas. ZOF volunteers give their time for these activities, so they are at no cost to donors.
“33 to Computer Literacy”
In May 2012, we set out to raise $3,520 to sponsor Emerald Hill Children’s Home youths for computer literacy classes and certificates. This project builds on last year’s Computer Project, for which many of our supporters helped fund the building of two computer labs at Emerald Hill Children’s Home.
We exceeded our target by $1,511, and we are happy to report that 100% of the $5,031 donated was directly allocated towards sponsoring over 30 International Computer Driver License* (ICDL/ECDL) for students to enhance their job prospects.
Interviews with students who had passed the ICDL at Emerald Hill Children’s Home revealed a number of benefits associated with the certificate, including:
– The students have developed a tangible skill that is useful in almost every job sector in Zimbabwe and abroad
– The difficulty of the exam has empowered most of the students to work harder at school. In some cases, students felt confident enough to re-take exams they had previously failed (such as O-levels).
– Having never handled a computer in their lives, most of the students were introduced to a new field of study and became interested in pursuing studies or jobs relating to computer science.
In light of these benefits, ZOF Africa will continue to fund ICDL certificates for orphaned adolescents in Zimbabwe. In addition, ZOF is designing a new campaign aimed at funding different vocational certificates so as to foster interest and expertise in other fields of work.
About the ICDL
The ICDL (or ECDL) is a certificate internationally recognized as the global standard for end-user computer skills. Made up of seven different exams focusing on essential IT knowledge including Word, Excel, and database management, it is adopted by governments, organizations and companies world-wide. To learn more, visit http://www.icdl.org.za/ and watchhttp://bit.ly/JNfJgd.
It takes a student who has not had previous exposure to computers an average of 140 hours of study to complete the certificate.
Timeline and Status
%100 of the funds raised have been transferred to Emerald Hill Children’s Home. These are being allocated towards:
1. ICDL classes for 34 students. This includes teacher fees (at $5 per hour for 10 students) and transport (at $2 a day)
2. ICDL certificates for 34 students. The cost of passing the certificate is $93 (NB: the cost of re-taking a failed module is $9, an expense which the student is made to cover).
ZOF and Emerald Hill Children’s Home expect all students to graduate with an ICDL certificate by the end of 2013.