In November 2011, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Patricia Vutete and Florence Machinga started to help some street children who desperately wanted to learn, but could not afford to go to school.
Some of them are AIDS orphans, others come from families where economic problems have forced them out of school. State School in Zimbabwe costs from US$60 – US$180 a term, and this is way beyond the reach of many families, particularly those headed by children (UNICEF estimates there are about 100,000 child-headed households in Zimbabwe).
Patricia Vutete met Catherine Robinson at Musami Mission in 2010, and asked her for help, and so Ray of Light was born. The UK arm of Ray of Light was set up with Jackie Robinson and John Murden. Father Nigel Johnson S.J. in Harare supervises the disbursement of funds and accounts.
Since 2011 Ray of Light has been putting street children into full time education (Click on Ray of Light Children to see some of our students) The money we raise is delivered by Jesuit missions in Zimbabwe, and we have no overheads. Every penny we raise goes directly to the most needy children in the world.