The African Dream Benefit is a non-profit organisation that empowers youth from low socio-economic backgrounds in Africa. Established in 2009, The African Dream Benefit gives youth from financially disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to accomplish their dreams through scholarships and leadership development.
Our purpose as an organisation is to create the change we want to see in Africa by harnessing the capabilities that lie within individuals; particularly women and people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. We do this by enabling young people to actuate all the capacities that lie within them through education and leadership development.
African Dream Scholarship Fund
The African Dream Scholarship Fund addresses a critical area in education systems in Africa – lack of quality education for children and youth from low social-economic backgrounds. We give scholarships at both secondary school and university level.
African Dream Leadership Forum
The Leadership Forum engages 90-120 youth from various schools and universities. It is delivered by keynote speakers and skilled facilitators. The forum builds capacity and creates a space for generational knowledge transfer. After the Forum, 15-25 participants engage in a 3 day intensive program.
African Dream Benefit Dinner20th October 2013
Join us this year, for a magnificent evening in celebration of African culture at the African Dream Benefit Dinner to be held at the exclusive Government House Ballroom. Guests will enjoy premium wine, delectable menu, and African culture at it’s finest. We invite you to part of a truly special evening to raise funds for the education of many deserving children and youth. He
African Dream Benefit Cocktail20th October 2012
Join us this year, for an evening of delectable finger foods, wines, mesmerizing entertainment and an explosion of contemporary African culture at it’s finest. We invite you to part of a truly special evening to raise funds for the education of many deserving children youth. Help give them the opportunity to relinquish themselves from poverty, by empowering them with a qualit
'Made in Africa' Art Exihibition19th November 2011
Made in Africa was an auction of Africa art by Zimbabwean artists to raise funds for scholarships and educational projects for disadvantaged children and youth in Zimbabwe. Art is the hallmark of African visual culture, displaying stunning visual manifestations of the energy and spirit of the traditions of Africa. Guests listened to the sweet rhythms of African music by Shangar
A Culinary 'Journey Into Africa'29th April 2011
The African Dream Benefit presented A Culinary 'Journey Into Africa'. The event took guests on a culinary journey through Africa. They indulged in delectable “African fusion” cuisine complimented by an array of cultural entertainment from all over Africa including Moroccan belly dancing by Soreya ‘World Dance Fusion’ and African drumming. Pink Zulu Restaurant create
African Dream Benefit Ball4th September 2010
The 2010 African Dream Benefit ball was held at the Sheraton Hotel Perth. The ball was held at the conclusion of the Africa Downunder mining conference, and was a celebration of all things Africa. Special guests included: – Ms Jacqueline Zwambila (Ambassador for Zimbabwe), – Mr Bill Repard (Consulate to South Africa and President of Australian Afri
African Dream Benefit Ball15th August 2009
The much anticipated African Dream Benefit Ball was held on the 15th of August 2009. This ball marked the first fundraiser for The African Dream Benefit. Special guests included: – Hon Jock Ferguson MLC, Member for East Metropolitan Region – Mr Sam Walsh, CEO of Rio Tinto Iron Ore. It was an evening of world-class entertainment, dinner and dancing. Guests enjoye
African Dream Benefit Launch22nd January 2015
January 22nd 2009, Ms Fadzai Matambanadzo (Founder of The African Dream Benefit) hosted the launch of The African Dream Benefit at Fraser’s Kings Park Function Centre. Special guests included: – Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Hon John Castrilli MLA – Member for Mt Lawley Mr Michael Sutherland MLA. Guests were
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Over the years we have invested in many bright young leaders, both men and women. Their stories show how resilience, persistence, self efficacy, hard work and commitment to their goals has allowed them to make the most of the opportunities presented to them despite their pressing circumstances. In late 2015 one of our scholars Hellen graduated with honours from the University of Zimbabwe and is now a qualified medical doctor. In 2012, when she first received her scholarship, she expressed what she hoped to achieve in the future. "I want to further my studies by doing a Master in Public health" she said. "I believe I would be of great benefit to my community. I wish to see health education transcend to all sectors of the community". Hellen truly believes that the development of a community is centred around health of its members. She is passionate about community health, and improving healthcare at grassroots levels. She is now many steps closer to her dream. Here is her story: "It was at that point when it seemed like there was no light at the end of a tunnel. We were three children in the family and they were all going to school. I being the eldest and had ventured into a journey towards the noble profession. The second child was in college and the youngest was in high school. Our father had [stopped working] when I started Form 1 (secondary school). Our mother had worked to sustain the family with a small chicken project. For years it had worked, but as we progressed with our education the fees got higher and unmanageable. On that fateful day I woke up to a loud scream and it was our mother. We wondered what had happened and we rushed to where she was. We were all dazzled as we envisioned what had made her scream. There were no chickens in the fowl run. What was left was blood and the chicken heads. That was our source of livelihood that had come to a premature death. We sat there in silence as we wondered what was going to happen next. No one said anything as we knew we had reached a dead end. I was in microbiology lecture when they told me that I was needed at the Academic Registrar’s Office. What had I done? Was I going to be chased away from college due to non-payment? All these questions were going through my head as I headed towards the office. To my amazement there were forms to be signed. I was selected to be a beneficiary of a scholarship. How did they have my name? Only God knows. I proceeded to do the paperwork and I was told within a few weeks I had qualified to be beneficiary of this scholarship program. This was like a dream. The package was complete. It was full tuition fee and accommodation fee and on top of that was a substantial allowance. Was I dreaming? No, this was really happening. From all the hassles of waking up early travelling [for hours] to school and sleeping late after the very long travel from school, I was to move into University Residence. I had no worries about, tuition as it was guaranteed. As a lady, I needed to have a few accessories, stationary for my studies [and transport money]. This was also provided in the allowance. This was the African Dream Benefit Scholarship. I was so humbled to be one of the first university beneficiaries. This made a huge turn around on my journey through medical school. I had enough time to rest for group discussions too. I had an allowance for my needs, transport [and upkeep] and I didn’t have to stress. Many young girls at university who do not have money for their upkeep, transport and extra costs of study resort to looking for sugar daddies to look after them. I finished my course without supplementing because all my worries were catered for and all I was thinking about was my studies. I excelled in my grades. I got 2.1 honors in all my courses. Today I am humbled and truly grateful to be a qualified medical doctor. Doctor Hellen Takudzwa Manyau. All because of the African Dream Benefit my dream is to send more children who are in the same position as I was to school and deliver health to all." To find out how you can support our scholarship program, become a monthly donor for $20 per/month to send a future leader to university by clicking here .
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African Dream Leadership Forum
On the 8th of April 2015, The African Dream Leadership Forum brought together 100 participants from various secondary schools and universities in Zimbabwe. It was held at Bronte Hotel in Harare. During the forum, the gap between future leaders and current leaders was bridged. Keynote speakers included Professor Hope Sadza (Founder and Vice-Chancellor of Women's University Africa), Mr Joe Mutizwa (Former CEO of Delta Corporation), Her Excellency Suzanne McCourt (Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe and DRC, High Commissioner to Zambia and Malawi) and Annete Moyo (MBChB candidate at the University of Zimbabwe). After the Forum, 15 selected students took part in a 3 day intensive leadership program. The Australian Ambassador, Her Excellency Suzanne McCourt hosted a Welcome Reception for the students and other guests at her residence in Harare. The program built on critical and creative thinking, problem solving and innovation, influencing skills, communication, values, ethics, networking, facilitation, reflective practice, presentation skills and cross cultural leadership competency. On the last day of the program, participants engaged in a half day community project at Harare Central Hospital. For more information visit the website on www.africandreamleadership.com [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="30" gal_title="African Dream Leadership Forum 2015"]