On behalf of Tariro, I am pleased to announce the beginning of our fall fundraising campaign. This year, our fundraising goal is set at $40,000, out of an estimated total budget of $75,000 projected for 2012. We invite you to take a moment to read about our work, and ask you to join us by making a donation today!
Educating girls, strengthening families
Working toward our mission of educating and empowering girls in Zimbabwean communities affected by HIV/AIDS, Tariro provides educational sponsorship for girls who have lost one or both of their parents. By sponsoring educational expenses for students who are living with surviving family members, Tariro lessens the burden on families as they confront the dual challenges of poverty and HIV/AIDS, helping ensure that orphaned children are not moved into institutional care facilities such as orphanages.
Education is the single most powerful tool for women and girls
In Zimbabwe, teenaged girls represent the demographic group at highest risk for contracting HIV. In preventing new infections, education represents the single most important intervention strategy, dramatically reducing a girl’s risk of contracting HIV. For orphaned girls facing the higher school fees and uniform costs associated with attending secondary school, however, education represents an often unattainable goal. By ensuring that teenaged girls have access to education, Tariro seeks to reduce their chances of contracting HIV.
Your donations go directly back to Zimbabwean communities
Over 90% of donations to Tariro return directly to the communities in which we work, based in the neighborhoods of Highfield, Glen Norah, and Epworth, located in Zimbabwe’s capital city of Harare. In addition to covering the costs of our school sponsorship program, donations also enable us to maintain a variety of academic and psycho-social support services, including a lending library, annual empowerment activities, and a traditional music and dance group. Given Zimbabwe’s high unemployment rates, estimated to hover around 80%, we are also proud to employ three staff members in the neighborhoods where we work, making another positive contribution to Zimbabwean communities.
Tariro is committed to sustainable development
As a small, grassroots organization, Tariro’s approach to development is distinguished by intensive engagement with our sponsored students and their families, including regular home visits and meetings with students’ guardians. We are committed to long-term, sustainable relationships with students, and will continue to sponsor students who excel in school throughout high school and college preparatory classes, as well as offering financial assistance for Tariro students who are accepted at university. Educating girls represents an investment in human capital, arguably the most sustainable contribution toward social and economic development.
Please join us!
As we prepare to continue our work in 2012, we invite you to join us by investing in Zimbabwe’s future, through three easy ways to donate to Tariro’s Fall Fundraising Campaing.
- Sign up as a monthly donor. Monthly donors are an important part of our fundraising base, providing us with regular donations, and allowing us to make more accurate predictions about donations over the course of a year.
- Make a one-time donation online, through JustGive.
- Mail us your donation, through a check made our to Tariro: Hope and Health for Zimbabwe’s Orphans. Our mailing address is:
Tariro: Hope and Health for Zimbabwe’s Orphans
PO Box 50273
Eugene, OR, 97405
In the coming weeks, I will be sharing more important news about our work. Please visit our blog regularly for more details, including individual stories about our students and their families. And as always, please feel free to contact us with questions about any aspects of our programs.