We educate and equip a new generation of students and entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe
ZOF Africa is a charitable organisation made up entirely of volunteers to ensure that donations are channeled directly towards supporting talented youths in Zimbabwe.
Our US branch is a registered 501(c)3 incorporated in 2009 in New York with the legal name Zimbabwe Orphans Fund and tax ID 27-1232970.
We are currently setting up ZOF Africa (UK) and filing for tax-exemption status under a Charitable Incorporated Organisation structure.
Following a visit to her father’s family in Zimbabwe and two orphanages her family has been supporting for generations, Georgina founded ZOF Africa in 2009 in New York City with the help of several mission-aligned volunteers (Caroline J., Olivia S., Natalie P., Katie K., Jens R., Maddie R., John B. and Lauren G.).
Initially, ZOF was founded to support Emerald Hill Children’s Home – an orphanage caring for over 100 girls and boys aged 3 to 18 – and its brother orphanage St Joseph’s House for Boys.
As the volunteers at ZOF got to know the youths living at these homes, they realised the enormous untapped potential of so many. As such, they soon decided to focus on cultivating that talent via higher & vocational education, which most were not accessing due to lack of guidance and lack of funds.
Since 2013, ZOF Africa has thus been supporting talented and underprivileged youths by funding scholarships for vocational training at established vocational schools in Zimbabwe. We have also funded the higher education of one student.
Our aim is to provide these youths with the tools to develop long-term financial stability and personal well-being.
Funding computer literacy classes for 150 disadvantaged students
Funding the International Computer Driver License (ICDL/ECDL) certificate for an additional 34 high performing students to enhance their job prospects
Providing vocational education scholarships to 64 youths leaving Emerald Hill Children’s Home and St Joseph’s House for Boys. Over 90% of the beneficiaries are women
Organising a Careers Day in Harare in partnership with St Joseph House for Boys to inspire and advise over 100 youths on their career prospects
For a more comprehensive overview of our programmes click here
Today, we are expanding our operations to support youths into entrepreneurship by providing mentorship and facilitation services.
We are also setting up a new UK entity to expand our fundraising activities to the UK.