SEES is founded on the principle of improving secondary school student's career prospects; re-framing employability into a fun challenge, we build confidence and encourage a growth mindset.
We had to adapt
In 2019, we delivered workshops on sustainability, employability and entrepreneurship in schools (hence the name SEES); however, due to the pandemic we decided to pivot to focus on employability.
Targeting youth groups instead of schools enabled us to focus more on disadvantaged members of the community, as well as overcome the challenge of schools timetable/curriculum. All of this through a brand new online package!
TakeCare began after conducting a needs assessment with Rainbow Parent Carer’s forum. Our initial aim was to provide a door-to-door laundry service to primary care givers, once a week. Once we got in touch with Rainbow, they agreed to a focus group meeting with us. When we pitched the laundry idea, the parents were not as interested as we had hoped, instead they suggested a project which would help them unwind and get pampered as a way of improving their well-being. The consensus was that the parents rarely get time away from their children and/or responsibilities so this would be something for them to help them de-stress.
Before the pandemic, we made plans to get in contact with mobile beauticians so that the carers could get a weekly pampering. While attempting to map out the logistics and sustainability plans for this idea, the country was now under lockdown. Understandably, this was a very trying time for the carers. So, we organised a virtual session with a psychologist (in partnership with an Enactus team in India) to help the carers deal with stress management. Unfortunately, due to the stress they were all under, Rainbow had to cancel the event.
This gave us the idea that we should focus on more virtual events moving forward.
The Zimbabwe Fisheries Project's mission is to improve human welfare through fish farming. We're changing the way families can access fish farming as a source of income.
We are investing into converting one old disused swimming pool into a fish farm ran by a member of our local project partner, Enactus NUST. The best thing about this project is that it funds training and the pool conversion of other families in the community.
Our Project Has Evolved
Our original project focussed on reducing tourist poaching, mainly in rural Zimbabwe. Partnering with Enactus NUST who are based in Zimbabwe, we found that a huge problem in Zimbabwe is the lack of employment. Our project addresses this and is a scalable way of us impacting many families.
We have been working on ZFP for over two years; we're now at the exciting stage of preparing to implement this project.