‘Zimele’ means ‘standing on one’s feet’ in the Zulu language. I love their logo. It is of a woman not only standing on her feet but it looks like she is dancing. This to me expresses the joy of knowing that you are empowering yourself–learning new skills, educating yourself–taking action instead of depending on others to help you. Joy comes with knowing that you are standing on you own two feet. Helping people to stand on their own feet is what separates Zimele from the rest of the organizations out there. Zimele equips and empowers.
Zimele is an organization created from the vision of Rosetta Stander who wanted to develop community self-reliance in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. Rosetta was convinced that while non-profit organizations had good intentions, they created a short-sighted welfare environment in which people depend upon the charities for their everyday needs. Her prior experience of training people in life, vocational, and business skills gave her the conviction that the key to developing South Africa lay in the education of its people. Education and self-reliance is the best way for a community to survive and thrive. Rosetta pursued her vision and in 2006, Zimele was formed. A year later, Zimele USA was founded. Today, there are Zimele organizations in Canada, the UK and Germany. The organizations’ mission is to free the rural communities of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa and Zimbabwe from the poverty cycle by transforming each into a ‘Zimele’ community able to ‘stand on its own feet’.
Zimele Canada is throwing their first annual gala here in Toronto. Here’s your opportunity to learn first hand about the work this organization is doing and to meet its founder, Rosetta Stander.
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! 1ST Annual ZIMELE Gala
Come join us in the inauguration of the highly anticipated 1ST Annual ZIMELE Gala! This event is an invitation for Toronto to experience a glimpse of the ZIMELE community and see how the region of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa is being empowered to overcome generations of poverty and illness with long term sustainability.
Guests will enjoy a fabulous evening of great food, live entertainment and opportunities to learn more about ZIMELE through various testimonies, including the organization’s founder Rosetta Stander.
Join us in helping the people of South Africa stand on their own two feet!
WHERE: The Columbus Centre, Carrier Gallery
WHEN: Friday, March 23, 2012.
TIME: 6pm cocktail hour , 7pm–11pm
TICKETS: $85 (no tickets at the door/pre-sale only)
Tickets are on sale now. Click here to purchase your ticket!
For those of you who live in New York or close to New Jersey, Zimele USA is having their annual gala on Sunday, April 1st. Find out more here.