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"Standing on our own two feet"


In the Zulu language, zimele means “standing on your own two feet” and our organization is committed to helping people help themselves. We focus on empowering and equipping people to build self-reliance in order to break the cycle of poverty and foster permanent change. ZIMELE is about giving a hand-up rather than hand-outs.

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"Standing on our own two feet"


In the Zulu language, zimele means “standing on your own two feet” and our organization is committed to helping people help themselves. We focus on empowering and equipping people to build self-reliance in order to break the cycle of poverty and foster permanent change. ZIMELE is about giving a hand-up rather than hand-outs.

 

From South Africa to Canada... And Back

In 2010, a group of Toronto volunteers went on ground to rural communities of South Africa and experienced the reality of poverty and life insufficiencies. The team wanted to provide a solution and soon learned that the many traditional ways of helping people in need have actually further perpetuated the cycle of poverty. Simply giving money and resources in attempt to end poverty only continues the cycle of dependency. 

With passion and great conviction to help people ‘stand on their own two feet’, the team returned home to rally fellow Canadians and initiate Zimele Community Canada.

Zimele Community Canada 2014 team with the Mtubatuba community and families

Zimele Community Canada 2014 team with the Mtubatuba community and families

Zimele stands as a platform for everyone who desires growth, change and self-sustainability. Here at home, we hope to extend Zimele’s values to support and nurture local Canadian entrepreneurs to “stand on their own two feet.”

 
 

Thank you To all our past and present partners