As we come to the end of 2016, NEEDS Africa has a lot to be thankful for.
During a previous trip to Zimbabwe I visited Chiwundura Secondary School in rural Zimbabwe. The school has a catchment area of 20km (12.4 miles) and as a result, there are more than 40 children who walk at least 20km to school and 20km back home everyday.
As a result in February we launched the 20/20 Campaign - 20 bicycles to cover 20km. Almost immediately people began to respond and money started coming in. We embarked on a fund raising drive which saw us host our first Charity Golf Day. By the time we reachedo the end of May, we had reached our target of £1,500 - enough to buy 20 brand new mountain bikes in Zimbabwe.
We went to Zimbabwe to deliver the bicycles to Chiwundura Secondary School, and we took the founder of Way Out Academy, Nukuna Halle, along. Nukuna is a qualified Level 2 FA Coach, so we arranged for him to hold a coaching clinic in Chiwundura District for primary and high school teachers.
At the end of the coaching clinic, we hosted an inter-school football tournament involving 8 girls’ teams and 7 boys’ teams from schools in the district. Both events were a resounding success and we have been asked by the District Education Officer to consider making it an annual event.
Sponsored 20 children (school fees, accommodation, clothing and medicine