Aussie Books for Zim and Devika are officially collaborating to refurbish a library in Zimbabwe! Devika and ABZ are excited to give the existing library a new coat of paint, desks, chairs and 2000+ books to provide students and teachers with a safe space to learn, teach and be inspired. With ABZ enacting the change and Devika providing the funding, the library will launch in October 2019.
The Importance of People
Aussie Books for Zim founder and CEO Dr Alfred Chidembo has a huge place in his heart for educating children in Zimbabwe. Growing up and attending a rural school in Zimbabwe, Alfred can testify that having access to books changed his life.
Alfred shared, “It would have been nearly impossible for me to be where I am today without access to books. I’m grateful for the chance I was given to read, to dream bigger and to realise those dreams!”
This was taken while getting the Kawondera Primary School Library ready in Zvimba, Zimbabwe.
Shipping 2000+ Books to Zimbabwe
With a shared passion for the next generation and value of the importance of people, Devika has jumped on board by sponsoring the renovation. Education should be accessible to everyone and with the ability to help make this happen, we couldn’t say no.
Ken shared, “Devika Cares is our community outreach initiative that aims to address important social issues such as education, sustainability and the general wellness of people. ABZ has given us the chance to make good on that mission and allowed us to empower new learnings and outcomes for people through the creation of a library for a village in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.”
Alfred spoke about why our collaboration is important for him.
"There is an African proverb that says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This is what collaboration is all about. When like-minded people come together to tackle a problem, be rest assured that they will do a better job than any individual. We see the partnership between Aussie Books For Zim and Devika going well beyond just providing books but changing lives and bringing hope to children in rural Zimbabwe.”
The Places We’ll Go…
Without giving too much away, we can confidently say that this is just the beginning of the ABZ and Devika collaboration. As Alfred shared, providing a community with books has the potential to change lives. Through education, students have the opportunity to learn, enter the workplace and move away from a cycle of poverty. If this is what books can do, we cannot wait to see what other possibilities there are.