Five Zimbabwean Education Philanthropists Honoured in UK
3 September 2021
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Nomsa Nekevane

Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) has partnered with global fintech company WorldRemit, to honour five outstanding contributors towards the education sector in Zimbabwe at the upcoming ZAA UK 10th Anniversary Awards, hosted at The Mayfair Hotel on Saturday, 11th September.

The ZAA Education Impact Award in association with WorldRemit, will be presented to Linda Satimburwa, Makomborero UK, SHE founder Mayda Mapondera, Nomsa Nekevane and Portia Kumalo in recognition of their work to improve education opportunities for communities.

The honorary awards are spotlighting people who have worked tirelessly to help improve the education sector through various initiatives, in different capacities through mobilisation as well as using personal resources.

The education sector in Zimbabwe has been dogged by various challenges over the years including shortages of learning resources for some marginalized communities and students.Nomsa Nekevane, founding Project Leader of Mopane Foundation International, a foundation that supports less privileged orphaned school-going children currently in rural Zimbabwe

Makomborero is a UK based charity, founded by Mark and Laura Albertyn in 2007.  It is a charity that is run by a diverse team of trustees.  Makomborero supports the work of Makomborero Zimbabwe by making grants to Makomborero Zimbabwe.  All of our UK trustees volunteer their time to administer Makomborero, outside of their day-to-day jobs.

Linda Satimburwa is the founder of Global Hand of Hope International and has sponsored over 500 schoolchildren in Zimbabwe over the years, among other donations for co-curricular activities.

Portia Kumalo is the founder of ambulance fleet, Rubatsiro Emergency Medical Services and is a renowned community champion who has taken part in various education based solutions and initiatives in Zimbabwe.

Mayda Mapondera is the head of the Secure Hope Empowered (SHE) foundation and actively works in mobilising assistance and empowering underprivileged scholars in Zimbabwe, among other contributions to education.

The ZAA and WorldRemit partnership sees the two organizations renew their alliance as they continue to work towards promoting, supporting and recognising community-based initiatives.

WorldRemit is a leading global payments company that provides international money transfer and remittance services in 130 countries and over 70 currencies. The company is heavily involved in community projects and has partnered with the ZAA as global partner, in recent years, recognizing and honoring outstanding individuals and organisations.


About WorldRemit 

We’re a leading global payments company and, along with Sendwave, part of Zepz, a group powering two global payments brands.

We disrupted an industry previously dominated by offline legacy players by taking international money transfers online – making them safer, faster and lower-cost. We currently send from 50 countries to recipients in 130 countries, operate in more than 5,000 money transfer corridors worldwide and employ over 1,200 people globally.

On the sending side WorldRemit is 100% digital (cashless), increasing convenience and enhancing security. For those receiving money, the company offers a wide range of options including bank deposit, cash collection, mobile airtime top-up and mobile money.

Backed by Accel, TCV and Leapfrog – WorldRemit’s headquarters are in London, United Kingdom with regional offices in the United States, Poland, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Africa, Somaliland, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Belgium. 

About Zimbabwe Achievers AwardsThe ZAA was founded in 2010 with a vision to recognize, celebrate and honour outstanding Zimbabwean achievers around the world across different spheres of influence. The brand hosts annual awards galas in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Botswana and the newly added China edition. Over the years, ZAA has handed out awards in categories spread across business, leadership, philanthropy, sport, entertainment and media, among others.