WHERE WE WORK

CREATING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIRLS IN ZIMBABWE

Presently, the foundation works specifically on a program for girls in Zimbabwe. For many Zimbabweans, education for girls is considered a privilege, and not a right, with girls often dropping out of school early because of either early or forced marriage or pregnancy at a young age. The work in Zimbabwe aims to specifically improve access to education for young women in the region of Chipinge and help them achieve their right to learn.

After visiting the region in 2015 together with Plan International, Toni developed the project which is now funded exclusively through the foundation. To address the unique challenges that these girls face in getting to and staying in school, the project currently funds the construction of a girls-only dormitory. In addition, safe, gender-separated toilets and new classrooms for the girls are being constructed, while education is provided for the parents, teachers, and community members, to be sensitized around the importance of education for girls, helping communicate this as central to their human rights.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Gifts to this project go directly to benefitting the girls lives in the following ways:

  • Reduce the distance and physical barriers between girls and their education through the construction of a new girls-only dormitory;
  • Enable girls to attend school while they are menstruating through the construction of girls-only bathrooms; and
  • Create safe and age-appropriate learning environments inside and outside of the classroom by increasing the support for girls through meetings with community leaders, promoting gender-equality and advocacy community-wide.
Toni Garrn Foundation Zimbabwe Project