Partner:The UMC, Zimbabwe Annual Conference
Describe the need affecting the community.
Africa University students come from many African countries. Their needs and challenges are as diverse as their backgrounds. Even those with scholarships and financial aid to cover tuition still need assistance to cover basic needs. Basic essentials some people take for granted are beyond the reach of some students. Examples are soap, food, Lotion, toothpaste, air time, print pages, sanitary pads etc. Both local but mostly international students are affected because some come from war-torn countries and via refugee campus to Africa University. This makes them very needy in terms of basics. Coupled with failure to get money to go for vacation, lack of basic needs can make stay at Africa University very difficult for international students in particular. This is why a project to look at this situation is greatly appreciated because we can never underestimate the relief it gives to our students. As early as 2000, some Africa University staff members observed the need to help such students and helped in their own small way to provide mainly toiletries. They called their intervention the Toothpaste Club as it was seen as a way to provide small items such as toothpaste. This need developed into the now Advance Project 3020619 which has taken a much bigger dimension than what it was then.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
The project will provide funds for students to buy basic necessities such as meals, toothpaste, toiletries, air-time, print pages etc. It will make students focus on their studies without having to worry about these basics.
Describe the primary goal of the project.
To alleviate the financial plight of our needy students. Needy students will adjust and fit well in the learning environment and excel in their studies. Teaching needy students to plough back after graduating. Those assisted students become good ambassadors for AU to market the university where those needy students who are being assisted will speak good about AU.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.
The attitude of students who are engaged in this program, and improved performance in class. Through evaluation and supervision done by supervisors in the university. Comments/feedback from the students themselves. Increase in the number of both local and non-local donors.
Budget and Financial Information
Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support
60 students each getting $150 first semester
60 students each getting $150 for second semester
Other students who may apply late or have other pressing needs