Not least being the original inspiration of the now infamous "Bata Club" , the Bata footprint in Zimbabwe treads deep. The Bata company and family have been deeply linked to the development of independent Zimbabwe and have stuck with the country through thin and thick.

We are now entering another period of unprecedented challenges, with a shortage of medical supplies and even basic needs such as food. Friends of Bata has pledged help to the Higherlife Foundation, focusing on hygiene and specifically distributing soap for hand-washing. We also announce further activities shortly. 


The Sarah Bata School in Gweru has been a longstanding partnership between the Bata Family, Company and the people of Gweru. Through Sarah and Tom's frequent visits to the school, they have built a strong bond with the local community. This is addition to warmness of the Zimbabwean people has created a strong symbiotic respect .