BorderLink is a newly founded charity that was established on the 18th of August 2017 by a young couple in NSW, Australia. When doing research in preparation of a personal holiday to Zimbabwe, founders, Alyssa Willmot and Morgan Brawn realised that we, as Australians, do take simple things, like education, for granted. This has lead to the desire to start a charitable project of advancing education in rural and disadvantaged schools in developing countries.
For Future Generations of Zimbabwe
A bit about Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in South East Africa with a population of about 13 million people. Zimbabwe gained independence when Robert Mugabe came into power in 1980.
The people of Zimbabwe have been experiencing significant economic crises, poverty in most areas and serious violation of human rights for decades. They have one of the highest statistic in the world for children raising children. A lot of this being due to girls of a primary or high school age being married off to older men.
Almost half the population have to drop out of school because they cannot afford it! This means they will be married off sooner, if female or forced to work in high labour intense jobs, if male. Raising funds to advance education for these children will keep them out of very unsafe situations!
The government provides schools with $200 - $300 a year to pay for expenses, which can't even pay a teachers wage - because of this, there is high turnover in teachers as they are working unpaid and usually unqualified. We plan on fulfilling projects that will be able to assist with the funding of the schools expenses to provide better educational and career opportunities. This will ultimately minimise the number of children and families living in poverty.
Zimbabwe has one of the highest statistics for orphaned children and the least support from charities and other organisations because of political unrest. With the recent change in government, Zimbabwe need our help now more than ever to help built the economy back up and give unfortunate people a chance at life.
Giving children the opportunity to shine
Statistics show that in Zimbabwe, thousands of children will spend the night in fear of abuse, sexual molestation by family members or relatives, while others will be selling their bodies in forced prostitution. One in every three girls in Zimbabwe will be sexually abused before they reach the age of 18.
In order to benefit from education advancements, children need to be in a healthy state of mental and physical well-being. The Sandra Jones Centre is a home for orphans, abandoned babies and children in crisis. They have been operating for over 10 years and over 900 children have passed through our care...
Their Mission Statement:
“To restore babies, children and youth of Bulawayo to a state of physical, emotional and spiritual well being, sufficient for them to proceed/return to a normal, well adjusted lifestyle, preferably within the framework of their family and/or social structure.”
Read more at: http://www.sandrajonescentre.org/
Sandra Jones Centre Fundraising
The money raised through these beautiful 2018 calendars will be going towards paying for 31 children from the Sandra Jones Centre to go to school.
The calendars are prepared by a graphic designer with fun photos of the girls from the Centre.
There are limited calendars left, so jump on and get yourself one. Your $20 can pay for a childs education.