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Friends of Hlekweni is closing in 2022

The charity is now closed to donations  

Background

Since our formation, Friends of Hlekweni has been able to support schools, peace education partners and the Zimbabwe Secondary Bursary Scheme using donations from a dedicated group of donors in the UK and internationally. Our small volunteer team in the UK and partners in Zimbabwe have used this money to best effect by keeping expenses low and, with your co-operation, spending the money where it counts most.

Over the last few years we have been looking ahead at how we can continue this work effectively and reliably.  We now think that our small team will find our work untenable at some point in the near future. Rather than face the likelihood of the work coming under increasing risk and stress we have agreed to bring our activity to a managed closure.  We agreed that 2021 should be our last full year of operation and that the charity should be formally closed down in 2022. This decision has not been taken lightly. All of us have been in contact with the realities of life in Zimbabwe for some years and know full well that the needs of the people will be no less in the future.

Stakeholders and partners have been contacted directly. We are working together with our partners to do all we can for the remaining time and resources available to us.

The charity is now closed to donations.

We are hugely grateful to donors for the steadfast support – thank you.

2022 plans

We are committed to fulfilling our undertakings to support those learners currently in the Zimbabwe Secondary Bursary Scheme to complete their secondary education. To do this we will provide the Scheme with an endowment to pay all future fees.

We have been working closely and actively with schools and peace partners to continue our support into 2022: this includes funding the building of  teacher cottages at two primary schools, and a significant grant to AVP Z for their ongoing work.  The situation in Zimbabwe remains volatile.

Peace Works Zimbabwe

Support for the peacebuilding work will continue, organised by a new ‘light touch’ committee which will raise funds for Alternatives to Violence Project Zimbabwe to support conflict resolution training and the Peace Clubs in Schools Projects.

Please contact zimpeaceworks@gmail.com for more information.

Celebrating the work

We want to celebrate the achievements of FOH building, as it does, on that of Hlekweni Training Centre itself in the years 1967 to 2014, of Friends and supporters in the UK and Zimbabwe working together as partners.

Please contact info@friendsofhlekweni.org.uk for any further information

(January 2022)

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