In 2015, New Zealand based twin sisters Shefali and Shivani Sinha embarked on a journey to support library development in Zimbabwean rural schools.

When the girls’ mother spoke to VOA in 2015, she said they were inspired to help after learning about the state of rural schools in Zimbabwe.

“They attend good schools here but were touched that there are some children who do not have access to books and that is why they decided to help in this project..” 

Fast forward to 2019, and the mission is still ongoing. Now, the sisters are hosting a fun walk/run to be held in Hamilton in early March, to support the Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust (ZRSLT) in raising funds, which will be channeled towards the shipment of books to Zimbabwe.

Image Credit- Zim Daily

The15-year-old twin sisters aim to raise NZ$1000 at the fun run.

 “On the 2nd of March, we will again be part of the fun run to raise funds for  ZRSLT. Please support this worthy cause by donating online or joining us on that day for the actual event,” wrote Shefali and Shivani on their EverydayHero fundraising page.

Tinotenda Kunaka, a tertiary student in Auckland will also be running in the hopes of raising a minimum of NZ$500 from well-wishers at the same event.

The event will be graced by Zimbabwe Association New Zealand Chairperson, Auckland, and upper North Island, Dr. Tinashe Ngorora.

Ngorora, who is passionate about initiatives to help children in Zimbabwe said she was excited to be part of the event when the invitation was extended to her.

“I feel honoured by the selection to be Guest of Honour for such a befitting occasion initiated by some girl children to assist the deserving rural children,” Ngorora said.

Since ZRSLT’s inception in 2009, it has supported over 90 schools in rural Zimbabwe with library books.

Main Image Credit- St Peter’s School NZ

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