About a month ago, I was inspired to do something big. Like really big. I came up with the idea to raise money to build a school in Zimbabwe.
Let me back-track. I’m a senior in college in the US, who is currently studying elementary education, and I’ve always had a passion for children and teaching.
My plan for this summer goes something like this:
-Officially register my non-profit organization “Tine Vimbo” – Schools Providing Hope.
-Launch a website for the organization
-Blog on this WordPress about the ups & downs of the process of…building a school
-Raise $10,000 for a 3-month trip to Zim next summer from May-July to buy the land for the school, meet with administrators/teachers, and get government permission to build
-Contact my relatives that live there. Contact people I know that live there. Contact err’body and their mama.
-Plan, plan, plan. Make a to-do list. Make a timeline. Get serious.
As you can tell, this is a bit much for any one person to-do, which is why I’m trying to surround myself with wise people. I will be taking at least one other person along with me on my journey, probably my father, so that I won’t be alone.
But I might need a team 🙂 We’ll see about that – everything is still so new!
On a visit to Zimbabwe, by my Gogo’s [grandma] house when I was 3 years old.
Why a school? Why now?
I have conversations with my friends all the time about “changing the world” and “doing big things”. It seems like our generation, more than others before, is obsessed with making a difference and leaving our mark on the world.
For me, it’s personal. I was born in Zimbabwe. Yes, I came to the US when I was 2 months, and I am now officially an American (as of last summer), but I still have Zim blood pumping through me.
My grandparents live in Zimbabwe. Some of my extended family still lives there. It’s home.
And though I haven’t visited since I was 12, it stays in my heart.
I was heartbroken when a month ago I read about the issues that my home country is still facing today, especially with education.
Read this article by UNICEF for more in-depth information.
Anyways, to answer the question of “Why schools? Why now?”, this is what I say…
If someone doesn’t take action, things will only get worse.
I’ve got a burden on my heart for the children of Zimbabwe.
Welcome to my journey.