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Together with our partner Aussie Books for Zim we were awarded a grant of USD 15000.00 by Better World Books https://cares.betterworldbooks.com/literacy-grants/aussie-books-for-zim/ to build a fully functional library to serve the needs of the wider community of rural Chatsworth, where the Knit for Life community is based and where a library has never existed before. The library is now complete and stocked with over 2000 books, library furniture and laptop computers and it is estimated that up to a thousand children in the wider community will have access to the library. The library represents hope for future generations to come, and empowers a entire community of children and adults through literacy and education, the essential tool in breaking the cycle of poverty..
Together with our partner Solar Buddy, www.solarbuddy.org we have been able to positively impact the lives of 300 children and their families living in energy poverty i nthe community. These children will for the first time be able to safely study with a Solar Buddy solar lamp after dark. Up to now people in the community have had no access to electricity and have relied entirely on kerosene lamps, candles and wood which impacts negatively on health, education, the environment and perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Solar Buddy is generously donating a further 1000 solar lamps in 2019 so that every child in the wider community and their families will have access to safe lighting after dark. Knitters from the community will be able to continue working productively, enhancing their income earning capacity after dark and families will have light to cook by , whilst their children can study and read. This is a truly life changing outcome for the entire community.
Dyed Yarn – Building entrepreneurial opportunities for the knitters
Together with our partner, ( a generous Australian donor who wishes to remain anonymous), the knitters have received 500 kilos of dyed cotton yarn from South Africa worth AUD12 000. This partnership will ensure continued long term sustainability for the project. A group of 40 knitters have completed a training course in Basic Business Management skills gaining certification. The Knit for Life team in Australia will guide and assist in transitioning the current model back to complete ownership and responsibility by the knitters to manage and grow their own small business collaboratively.
- Clean drinking water – $850 will buy one rain tank and $3000 will buy a borehole fitted with pump and storage container where the community can drink safe water.
- Knit for Life headquarters– $3000 will buy land 450sqm x 450sqm owned by Knit for Life for a Knitting center with storage facilities. Up to now, knitters knit in their homes or in small groups in the open bush, with no shelter from the elements. Knitters have also had to pay their own money to hire community buildings, church rooms or empty shop spaces to knit together in larger groups. Having a Knit for Life headquarters will be life changing for the knitters and will enable Knit for Life to scale up production and become more sustainable for the future.
- Improved health facilities – $5000 will upgrade the local clinic which is drastically in need of medical supplies, beds and bedding.
TO VOLUNTEER your time, we would love to hear from you. If you are able to volunteer at our market stalls, assist in organising and running a fundraising campaign as well as get involved in strategic planning on our board, please CONTACT US.
With thanks and gratitude,
The Knit for Life team.