Friends of Kids in Zimbabwe (FOKIZ) is a UK based charitable trust that is registered with the Charity Commission, our registration number is 1135503. It was set up in 2010 to assist children with disabilities or health problems in Zimbabwe. The main purpose is to assist with fund raising on behalf of specific, established charitable organizations assisting children in Zimbabwe. The fundraising is generally done by people in the UK who have a desire to assist, either generally or for a specific charity. FOKIZ provides a conduit for these people to donate either online or directly into a UK bank account, after which the transfer to Zimbabwe can be done at minimal cost.
The fact that FOKIZ is registered and complies fully with the requirements of the Charities Commission in the UK generally gives donors more confidence than trying to transfer money directly to Zimbabwe
In addition, If a donation is made through Virgin Money Giving, residents of UK can opt to donate with Gift Aid which generates an added contribution from HM Revenue Service for Friends of Kids in Zimbabwe.
The trust has three trustees, two of whom are based in UK and one, based in Zimbabwe, which makes it easy for the local charities to interact with FOKIZ.
There are currently eight Zimbabwean charities registered with us for assistance. These are The Autism Organisation, Epilepsy Support Foundation, The Haemophilia Association, The Wizear Trust, Pathways Autism Trust, Pari Volunteers, Jairos Jiri Southerton Branch and St Catherine’s.
Any Charity assisting children with disabilities or health problems is welcome to apply to become a beneficiary of the trust.
Friends is not set up as a major fund raising entity but rather to promote the charities who have joined as beneficiaries of the trust, to raise awareness of any fundraising event they may be doing, to help to source equipment and consumables required and to act as a collection point for those people out of Zimbabwe who would like to support the charities in Zimbabwe.
Tell your friends and family about us and build awareness and support for the charitable organisations supported by us. There are many people out of Zimbabwe who would like to support charities within Zimbabwe but are not sure how they can do it and ‘Friends’ is that ‘stepping stone’ to allow that to happen.
If you would like to support our cause you can deposit money directly into our bank account or through Virgin Money Giving. Details of the account are given below but we do ask that you send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have made a deposit so we can confirm receipt. If you would like to remain anonymous we will respect this and keep your information confidential.
NAME: Friends of Kids in Zimbabwe
ACCOUNT NO.: 52071584
SORT CODE: 40 40 14
ADDRESS: 19 Minster Street