Our Education and Mentorship Program is inspired by the shared belief that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela, 2003). In line with SDG 4, of ensuring quality education, our aim is to ensure children have access to education in an enabling environment. The program identifies underprivileged but excelling children in both primary and secondary school so that they can be assisted with school fees; learning materials (textbooks, exercise books, chalk board and other required stationery) and mentorship. It also provides uniforms, and ensures that children are adequately clothed to attend school.
We believe that education infrastructure is crucial in improving students’ attitudes towards education and reducing levels of school dropouts. We therefore assist schools in making the school environment more supportive to children’s needs. These include setting up safe playing areas, accessibility to children with disabilities, water and feminine friendly sanitary facilities. We also assist with construction of new blocks and refurbishment of existing structures and furniture.
Unpredictable rainfall patterns as a result of climate change have resulted in very low agricultural output in rural Zimbabwe, leaving many families unable to provide adequate food and nutrition for their families. Poor agricultural yields have a negative effect on children’s attendance in school and increases the school dropout rates. Our response efforts focuses on creating resilient communities through effective agricultural practices and encouraging diversification of livelihoods. We provide financial support to communal farmers, the bulk of which are women, to promote food security and nutrition within households (crops and livestock).
We also educate farmers on climate change, and encourages sustainable utilization of natural resources.
End Period Poverty to Advance Girls Education
Women and girls often face serious challenges in effectively managing their monthly cycles in a healthy manner. Rural women and girls are the hardest hit, with girls likely missing out on about 20% of their education while on their periods every month, due to lack access to adequate sanitary wear and information on menstrual hygiene. Those who cannot afford menstrual hygiene products often end up resorting to unsafe menstrual practices that resultantly endangers their gynecological health and self-confidence.
The EMM Foundation Menstrual Health Campaign therefore, mobilizes menstrual health materials, teaches on menstrual health and trains communities to make reusable pads in order to minimize period poverty. We also work with rural schools to provide water and sanitation facilities that are feminine friendly. We believe that menstruation should not hold back girls and women from equal and meaningful participation both in the classroom and in national development activities.
We believe that teaching women about effective agricultural practices and diversification of livelihoods is a form of empowerment on itself, which can sustain their families and help to keep children in school. We assist women to establish enterprises from surplus crop and livestock production. Our mentorship program focuses on financial literacy, livelihoods diversification and effective utilization of locally available resources.