Update Friday 26 June June – We are quite stunned that the total raised is now over $14,000 – thank you! The goal is now $15,000 (yes, we nudged it up again), and we continue to be amazed by people’s generosity – will you consider adding to the total we can send? We have been able to send more of the funds to Harare this week and the local team continue to be so grateful for the partnership and support.
Below is a message from one of the school staff we received recently:
Hey Uncle Greg, Auntie Sophie and Auntie Hannah. It feels great to be remembered and loved. I collected my groceries – it means a lot to our family and makes a huge difference in these difficult times. Thank you and the team behind all these good deeds. Grateful to be part of the OWS family. Love…. Anna-Mercy
Below is a video recorded last year at the School Concert – we think it is a great song of hope at this time for the children and the nation – we hope you enjoy it.
The reason for our appeal
As the world battles a pandemic, the effects in Zimbabwe are quite catastrophic. There are relatively few COVID 19 cases and deaths reported, but in a country where health resources have been stretched to breaking point and beyond for decades, testing is extremely scarce. Meanwhile, the lockdown has had a major impact on every person’s life. A vast majority are unable to work, and there is no effective social security system. (Read this news article for further context on Africa more broadly)
Here is a short message from Liam, one of the pupils, on what the reality of hunger is like in Harare right now for many. One Way School is closed, and he is desperately hoping it will open again soon, but that is out of our hands.
Alongside extreme hunger and starvation, some of the other usual threats include Cholera, TB, AIDS and Malaria. Prevention and treatment for those diseases is further challenged by the current situation.
As it is impossible to fly to Harare at present, and also challenging to transfer money in to the country, it is easy to feel helpless. But, thanks to the ongoing support of people like you, the situation is far from hopeless. Here’s how you can help right now.
We do have a way to get money to the School Board and administrators, and they will be able to use it to provide food for the most needy in the school, and in the communities connected with the school in Harare. Every single penny or cent donated will go straight to the school, with no deductions.
A pound or a dollar can feed a few people for a day, given the extreme economic conditions, and the extraordinary exchange rates at present.
Some supporters in the UK, US and around the world, have decided to miss a meal, or even fast for a whole day, so they can donate what they would have spent on food for that meal or day. Will you join them?
Simply hit Donate at the top or bottom of this page, and give what you can.
We know that so many people in the UK and US are struggling themselves right now, so if you are unable to give, we totally understand – there is no pressure at all. There is still something you can do, however.
Your messages of support and concern for the staff and children in Harare are so appreciated by the children, their families and the school staff. Do drop us an email or direct message if you have time, and we will pass it on. Also, please share this appeal as widely as you can, on social media and by email etc.
From Greg, Sophie, Hannah, and all the wider team at OWS