Help us buy blankets for winter

$2,000 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 22 people in 30 months
Paula Iversen  MIAMI, FL
My partner and I left our lives and careers in Miami, to move to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to help my family and spend time more time with them.  While helping my family, we realized that there are many families that need our help. Zimbabwe is the second poorest country in the world and unemployment is high. Many people earn a single family income of less than US$250/month. Rent for a month costs a minimum of $100 and food prices are similar to those in the USA. People here are struggling to make ends meet yet they continue to laugh and smile even though it's not easy for them.

My partner and I recently dontated matresses, blankets, plates, utensils, chairs and tables to two families. Zimbawe is cold in the winter with temperatures reaching  30 'F.  Houses have no insulation.

Edmund has family of 5, had only  one matress (which we donated a year ago) and had only two light blankets.  Lebo's family of three also sleep on one matress and have very few possessions. Theses two families each make a single family income of $250/month which is barely enough to cover rent and food.  Edmund's three children go to junior schools costing a total of approximately $300/year per child for school fees and uniforms. Lebo has one girl in high school which costs approximately $500/year and one boy in junior school which costs $300  for school fees and uniforms.

We intend to raise $1700 by August 31st, 2016, to pay for these 5 children's school expenses so that their parents can use their money for other necessities. If we raise more than $1700 or if we have money left over, we will find other families to help.

I was born and raised in Zimbabwe until I was 17 when I received a tennis scholarship to the University of Miami.  Miami is my home now but Zimbabwe will always be in my heart. I realize that I have been blessed and we want to give back. Now that we are back living in Zimbabwe, we see a way to help. Dahli and I will personally pay the school fees and buy the school uniforms for these 5 children and post pictures for all donars to see. All donars will receive at least one letter from these children via whatasapp if you can provide your phone numbers.

The need here is great. The people are wonderful, kind and humble. We want to give back and hope that you will too. The children are so grateful even to receive a Coke and some sweets as seen in the photo above. They love to go to school and wear their uniforms. It makes them feel a part of something. Getting an education is their best way out of povery. Please help us help them.

We are grateful for any amount that you can give.
Thank-you for your kindness.
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Update 12
Posted by Paula Iversen
7 months ago
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Winter in Zimbabwe this year is proving to be very cold and without heating, many families are cold. We have distributed a few blankets to these families so far. Please help us send them more blankets so they can be warm this winter. I will match any donations and send them directly to my mom since I'm not visiting until December. Thank-you!
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Update 11
Posted by Paula Iversen
14 months ago
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In December 2017 I am traveling back to Zimbabwe. The economic situation in Zimbabwe has worsened since I left. The Zimbabwe Bond Note was introduced and the $US has been mostly taken out of circulation leading to an increase in inflation. This makes it much harder to pay for education. Please help if you can. I will take the funds over and pay education fees.
Here is a photo from last Christmas. Time flies!
Thanks for your continued support.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
Paula
Christmas 2016
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Update 10
Posted by Paula Iversen
23 months ago
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Hi Everyone
We have $400 left to raise so that we can pay for the last term for these 5 children. Please help if you can. Thank-you so much.
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Update 9
Posted by Paula Iversen
25 months ago
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School fees are due again. Please help us reach our goal to send Leon, Palmer and Alvin to school. Thank-you!
Leon, Palmer and Alvin.
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$2,000 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 22 people in 30 months
Created August 6, 2016
Paula Iversen
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robert davis
7 months ago

I am happy to see some people have compassion for children unlike our current administration

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14 months ago
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Blanca Navia
23 months ago

Hope all is well, Paula. Good luck

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