Doborah’s Heart Foundation Campaigns For Right to Education

”We need to give our fellow youths a reason to believe that education is the foundation”, said Deborah’s Heart Foundation (DHF) founder/director, Tarisai Likangala, while speaking to us on the sidelines of launching their ’10 000 Books and Pens’ campaign recently.
“The ‘10000 Book and Pen’ project is a build-up from the ‘Write My Future’ campaign that we had been doing since our inception, we decided to take this large scale, so we can safely say the initiative started in 2016 under the ‘Write My Future’ campaign. In terms of its influence, the ’10 000 Book and Pen’ project is targeting all of Zimbabwe's 10 provinces, with Mufakose and Epworth being the first implementation areas.
“The inspiration came mainly from my home location of Mufakose, where I noticed a high dropout of school children mainly as a result of lack of educational resources like fees and stationery with the hardest hit population being the orphans, most of whom are living with their grandparents. I feel that our people, mainly the youth, need to come together and find solutions to problems that affect us”, she said.

Being a young woman, it is easy for Tarisai to understand the needs and everyday struggles of today’s youth, especially when it comes to issues of education.
“It is easy for a person of my age to understand the pressures that other youths come face to face on a regular basis, particularly in the educational set up (kumwe mwana anotoda kuenda kuchikoro but the thought yekuti if I go ndononyorera pai, apa school fees handina is demoralizing). We need to give our fellow youths a reason to believe that education is the foundation. From the ordinary everyday individual to the corporates and churches, we all have a part to play, who knows, maybe we can even raise more than the 10 000 target”, said the DHF director.

Founded in 2015, the non-profit youth empowerment organisation aims to address and redress challenges youths are facing and ensure they are well represented and well-groomed to develop Zimbabwe through mentorship programs, career guidance workshops, networking, recognizing and celebrating youth achievements, advocating for policies that increase youths’ socio-economic participation.

More importantly, its mission remains that of ensuring the right to education is promoted across Zimbabwe.
In the short number of years that it has been in existence, DHF has so far managed to successfully donate food items and clothing to children living with their mothers in Chikurubi prison, this was done in partnership with ZAOGA FIF and the Prisons Ministry. The foundation has also engaged in an Elderly Lunch program where it partnered Bako re Donhodzo Old People's home in Highfield, where the youths prepared lunch on a monthly basis for the elderly.

The organization also partnered organizations like Elohim Place of Safety in Chitungwiza and Kuwadzana Child Protection Committee, to support and offer guidance to youths who were victims of rape and HIV/AIDS orphans.
“We have definitely had quite a number of successful campaigns and those include the JBS (Jacket-Bottom-Shoes) campaign for the children living in the streets of Harare, around 35 children living in the streets benefited in this program.
“Most notably, we have done the ‘Write My Future’ campaign where we donated stationery to 30 orphans at Gosha Primary school in Murehwa and partnered the ‘We Support Orphans’ organization. The second phase of the ‘Write My Future’ campaign came in 2016 in honour of The Day of The African Child and we donated food items and stationery to Safe Hands Day Care Center in Westwood with the main aim of these educational campaigns being to increase access to educational resources and promotion of the right to education”, said the director.