The History of Living Foundation.

In 2011 and 2012 Louise Furniss from Nannup and Suzanne Reynolds from Busselton Western Australia went to Zimbabwe as volunteers with a medical organisation. Tatenda Toera, a nurse in Zimbabwe, was also a volunteer with the team.

In 2011 there was an encounter with a cheeky young lad who ran off with Louise's glasses. Louise noted as he took off that the back seam of his shorts had come apart, leaving a lot to be revealed. She wished she had a needle and thread to do a quick mending job. As a result some sewing materials were taken to Zimbabwe the following year, and so the Sisonke Sewing Groups were born.

In 2012 a number of volunteers visited Fort Rixon where they had been asked to give health education to the primary school children. Fort Rixon is 55km out of Bulawayo. It was discovered that there was no secondary school within a reasonable distance. A desire to provide an opportunity for further education led to Enkanyisweni Learning Centre, opening with year 8 at the beginning of 2013.

In April 2013 Living Foundation was formally registered as a charitable trust.

A horticultural project came later at Fort Rixon and was also incorporated into the school curriculum.

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