Friends of Bata started the $1000 micro-initiatives to give local leaders, grass roots organizations or dedicated individuals the opportunity to fund and realise their projects.
Every week Friends of Bata selects a winner from the applications received that week. Our next grant recipient was the Faith Foundation.
Faith Foundation is a Zimbabwe-based organisation that was founded by Kundai Makonese at age 17. It is a community based, Charity trust that seeks to serve the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized in the community, such as homeless women and girls, orphans and low-income individuals. To find out more, please visit their website here,
or their facebook site.
While Faith Foundation has many ongoing activities, the grant was awarded to the “Empowered, Period! Campaign”. Women and girls continue to endure the stigma that comes with menstruation particularly access to correct information and access to sanitary products. The “Empowered, Period! Campaign” aims to break the silence on menstruation and promote the importance of menstrual hygiene. With this campaign, they aim on reaching 1000 girls with sanitary kits containing (reusable pads, underwear & soap) and Menstrual Hygiene Management information that will last them up to 3 years. The grant allowed the purchase of sanitary essentials such as reusable pads, disposable pads, 10L buckets, masks, hand sanitiser, and reusable bags for more than 300 women. Please take a look at their newsletter below.
Friends of Bata is delighted to hear that so many women and girls benefited from the campaign already and we wish the entire Faith Foundation-team good luck in reaching their goals for this and all other ongoing campaigns.
All images belong to Faith Foundation Zimbabwe