Michael Oh fundraising for ZIMELE USA
On May 12-25th, nine others and myself be heading to Kwazulu Natal, South Africa to help out a non-profit organization called Zimele. Zimele is Zulu for "I am standing on my own two feet." The organization's main vision is to confront the root causes of poverty and empower communities of women and children to stand on their own two feet instead of depending on foreign aid. This comes in the form of providing women with skills, business training, resources, mentorships and support networks necessary to start businesses and social service projects to sustain themselves, their families, and their communities. I think this organization is special because it focuses on more than just meeting immediate needs, but rather emphasizes long term transformation. As the saying goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
A team composed of several professionals representing finance, computers, culinary arts, education, photography, arts and crafts, sports, pharmacy, and medicine will be leading workshops specific to our professions to impart specialized skills to the women of the Swayimana. I will personally be holding workshops on budgeting and personal finance so that the women of the community can learn fiscal discipline to grow their businesses and make and impact on their local economy.
I would love for you to consider partnering with me on this trip in one of two ways:
1. Solar calculators: If you would like to donate basic calculators that I can bring to Swayimana to help them with their basic bookkeeping needs would be greatly appreciated.
2. Financial donations: I am hoping to raise a total of $2,000 for Zimele. It is not to support my means of transport and lodging as I have covered those costs myself. 100% of all the proceeds will go directly to the organization to help the women and children. Your tax-deductible contribution can be made online here on this page.
Thank you in advance for your support! For more information about Zimele, check out their website at: http://www.zimelecommunity.org/