SAWIMA foots school fee bills

JOHANNESBURG The Southern African Womens Institute for Migration Affairs (SAWIMA) has taken over the school needs of 11 underprivileged children from the South African-based Zimbabwean refugee community.

The Johannesburg-based humanitarian organisation is paying school fees and providing a few other basics for the children, who attend both primary and secondary schools in the city.

Most Zimbabwean refugees have difficulty coping in South Africa, where they either fail to find employment or earn barely enough to afford the basics for their families. This has led to most of them failing to pay school fees for their children and SAWIMA, which specifically provides humanitarian support for female African migrants, came to the rescue this year.

We realised that most Zimbabwean children are being forced to abandon school and quickly get absorbed into either prostitution or crime and that is what we are trying to address, said Farai Mudzembwe, one of the humanitarian officer at SAWIMA.

We are currently paying school fees and buying other educational basics for the children, but with resources allowing, we will also carter for their other basics like food, uniforms and general clothing for the so that they live like other children.

Mudzembwe added that in the event that more organisations came on board to support their cause, SAWIMA would spread its sponsorship to more children, including those who are based outside Johannesburg.

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