Paying it forward, giving to those who have not, providing succour to the needed are beautiful creeds to live by. In somescasess like with Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa and his wife, Tsitsi Masiyiwa, you gain positive feedback.
The philanthropist couple were recently awarded the Points of Light by British Prime Minister Theresa May for their work in making education available to underprivileged children in Zimbabwe.
The Points of Light award is given to outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. It is given to someone, somewhere in celebration of their goodwill and positive impact.
Tsitsi and Strive Masiyiwa are the founders of the Higherlife Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is empowering vulnerable children through education and creating opportunities for highly talented young people. The Foundation pays the school fees for 20,000 students in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Burundi annually.
Tsitsi and Strive had in 2013 established a $6.4 million scholarship fund that sends students to Morehouse College in the United States. This is in addition to Ruzivo Digital Learning, an online plarform which provides digital learning opportunities for thousands of students every month.
They also co-founded ‘Muzinda Hub’ in 2014, the fastest growing tech hub in Sub-Saharan Africa which is tackling unemployment in Zimbabwe by training 1,000 young coders in digital skills and IT programming.
“By founding the ‘Higherlife Foundation’ you have demonstrated your shared commitment to improving the learning opportunities of children across Africa. You should be enormously proud of your tireless work supporting hundreds of thousands of children to improve their life chances by accessing quality education and training,” May said in her letter.