Monthly Donor Community Funds Education in Kambuzuma

This is one of the more exciting announcements we’ll ever make.

All of the costs associated with running our Kambuzuma Innovation Hub are being covered by Monthly Donors.

107 people from all over the world, giving an average of $23 per month, have joined together to provide technology education and employment opportunities for hundreds – and soon thousands! – of young Zimbabweans. 

We launched our first Monthly Donor campaign in response to COVID-19 which thrusted us (and so many other organizations) into a very perilous financial position. As a startup nonprofit, how would we survive without being able to throw an annual, in-person fundraising event?

Truthfully, we really weren’t sure…

With our backs against the wall we decided to lean into our Uncommon community and ask for support. Would anyone be willing to give a few dollars a month to ensure our students could continue learning?

The response was unexpected and overwhelming. Within a few months, we’d gone from zero to 100 Monthly Donors. At the time, this allowed us to continue operating in Zimbabwe while simultaneously working on developing more long-term oriented revenue streams.

The result was that not only did we survive the early days of the pandemic, we doubled in size!

The next question was, how could we properly thank the donors whose support came at such a critical time for our organization? After some thinking internally and chatting with donors, we came up with an idea. What if we dedicated 100% of a Monthly Donor’s contribution, not to Uncommon as an organization, but to the amazing youths and young adults we’re here to educate.

No funds to help cover overhead, admin or fundraising expenses. Nothing to construction. Everything to education.

This decision marked a major turning point for our organization. From this point forward, 100% of all Monthly Donations will be used exclusively to fund education.

When you sign up to become a Monthly Donor, you’ll be matched with the community we’re currently fundraising for. Throughout the year, you’ll  be introduced to the students you’re supporting and will receive quarterly updates on their education & job search progress. If a corporate sponsor signs up to cover the OPEX of that Hub, we’ll use your donation to support students from another community.

Our promise to you is that 100% of your monthly donation will support education, forever.

If you’re reading this and would like to get involved, please consider becoming a Monthly Donor or sharing this story. Together, we can do so much.

 

Top Rated Google Cloud Partner, ROI Training Joins Forces with Uncommon.org

It is with great excitement that we announce a new partnership with ROI Training, a New York based company that provides customized technology and management training solutions to large corporations and government agencies around the world.

For the next six months, ROI experts will be meeting every week with a group of Uncommon software development students for virtual lessons & workshops. The students will be learning a host of new skills including Git, React & Python, with the goal of completing the course, ready to enter the workforce as full-stack developers.

In addition to supporting these students in their external job search, we are eager to hire select graduates for a year of continued learning and teaching where they will be tasked with introducing these more advanced topics into our web development curriculum.

It’s almost unthinkable that in just a few years since building our first Innovation Hub that our students would be getting trained by the best software developers in the business. Thank you ROI Training for your extraordinary contribution to the young men and women in our program. Your impact is limitless.

Uncommon.org Wins Grant From Australian Embassy in Zimbabwe

This latest grant from the Australian Embassy will provide $45,000 to be used towards the construction of three new Innovation Hubs in Zimbabwe, including our first outside of Harare.

As an organization we’re almost at a loss of words when it comes to expressing our gratitude to the Australian Embassy in Zimbabwe. Since our first Innovation Hub in July of 2019, the Australian Embassy has been involved with each of our next five builds, providing crucial funding to support the construction costs.

We are honored by the relationship that we have built with the Embassy over the past couple of years and are delighted that they share our vision for Zimbabwe. Together, we will provide technology jobs to hundreds of unemployed Zimbabweans and will teach computer coding to thousands of school children.

Over the next few months, we will be posting to our Instagram page with real-time updates on the progress of the Hub construction and delivery. If you’re reading this now, we hope you’ll follow along and share our story with friends & family.

Thank you AU Embassy for being a most valued partner. We are beyond grateful for your support.