What is Zisize?

Zisize began operations in 1999 as a single project (a Teachers’ Resource Centre) in Ingwavuma, KwaZuluNatal, South Africa. Its purpose was to improve the quality of education for children by providing educators with the necessary tools to do their job. It soon became apparent that education in Ingwavuma needed a far more holistic approach, as so many factors impacted on children's ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach.

Over the past fourteen years it has developed projects which focus on the 'whole' child as well as maintaining its original aim to improve educational standards. Although a small charity (NPO) it is making big differences to the lives of orphans and vulnerable children and the schools they attend.

Zisize means 'help yourself'. This Zulu word was chosen as it is a true reflection of the charity's aims and ethos. It encourages those who use the organisation to no longer be part of the problems that face this impoverished area, but rather to be part of the solution towards a brighter future.

Zisize is a member of CASNET (Caring Schools Network) and works in partnership with nine primary schools in the three tribal areas of KwaMngomezulu, KwaMathenjwa and KwaNyawo in Ingwavuma Magisterial District. Each of these schools with input from Zisize, is a node of holistic support to Orphans and Vulnerable children in those communities. The aim of the programme is to eliminate challenges, (e.g. hunger, lack of shelter or adult support or the effects of abuse) which prevent learners making optimal use of their educational opportunities. Zisize also has begun to forge links with three high schools in these communities - Ohhoye, Nqobizazi and Ingwavuma High.  

Zisize believes that “it is better to light a candle than to complain about the dark” and encourages volunteers and supporters to do whatever they can, rather than do nothing because the problems seem too big. It encourages people enduring difficult circumstances, to believe that they can effect positive change with a little help. Children from very disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to believe that they can not only have ambition but that they can also achieve that ambition. Its aim at all times is to provide support which will result in a brighter future for Ingwavuma's children in the New South Africa.

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