What drives humans to do good? It is “Ubuntu:” the spirit and essence of our humanity. It’s a selfless spirit of living for the betterment of ourselves and others, using our talents and abilities to promote and create a just society.
When I was a young girl, my greatest dreams were achieving an education. Many years later (and a doctorate!), I feel so blessed to have seen my goals come to pass. My heart is to help the young ones in my own community have the same opportunity as I had.
That’s why we’re building a school. It will be in my village, Zvipani, in northeast Zimbabwe. It’s the school I so badly wanted to attend when I was a little girl: The Matau School.
Through our Tinogona t-shirt sales, we were able to sell more than 2,000 t-shirts, raising a whopping US$65,000. Initially the plan was to build a library from the funds generated from the t-shirt sales. However, the greatest need in the village was water. Thankfully, we were able to use the money to build a water pump. Read more here.
Unfortunately we were back where we started. Until a very unexpected gift came from Oprah Winfrey herself in the form of 1.5 million dollars. [Video with Oprah] What a blessing to me and my community.
Please follow my blog as progress is made on the school. In partnership with Oprah, Save the Children is helping us to realize our next dream. If you would like to help, please email me for information on donating and stay in touch through comments on the blog and Facebook.
With everyone’s help, it is achievable!