We are working to scale our impact across Africa by raising 2 million African scholars by 2020. We target orphans and vulnerable children, as well as students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and focus our work in education on the three key areas of Improving Quality of education, Providing Lifelong Development and Providing Access to education.

Quality of Education


We developed an online smart learning platform called Ruzivo, which allows primary and secondary school students to gain access to high quality learning resources. Ruzivo delivers quality education through the use of technology.


Students are
joining the platform
every week.

To improve access to ICT infrastructure in schools and communities, We have built 50 learning hubs in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Burundi. Learning Hubs, which are fully kitted and data-connected computer labs, serve the needs of the students and entire communities.


Learning hubs
built across
Sub-Saharan Africa.

Life Long Development

We provide mentorship opportunities to beneficiaries to ensure a holistic development of the beneficiaries’ spirit, body and mind. Our mentorship programmes record over 60,000 mentorship hours annually. The mentorship program has been running since 2014.


hours recorded

We support children and families with food packs which reach over 30,000 people across Zimbabwe, Burundi and Lesotho. In addition, We provide solar lanterns to beneficiaries that live in communities without electricity to aid learning after school.


People assisted
across Zimbabwe, Burundi
& Lesotho.


Access to Education

We provide comprehensive educational support in the form of school fees, uniforms and learning materials to orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs) in need, through the Capernaum Scholarship and to the talented students, through the Joshua Nkomo Nkomo Scholarship.

Between 1996 and 2015, Higherlife Foundation has impacted over 250,000 children through education.


impacted through

We are committed to ensuring young learners have access to high quality learning materials through the Ruzivo Smart Learning. Ruzivo is an online learning platform.

Ruzivo was launched in February 2016 and 100,000 students will be registered on the platform by year end.


Students are
joining the platform
every week.

Higherlife Foundation in conjunction with Yale University launched the Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) program in 2014 which supports young, academically talented African high scholars from Sub Saharan Africa to gain access to top universities.

In 2015 alone, 300 students went through the program and more than 260 former YYAS program beneficiaries have gained access to top universities in the world and some are gainfully employed abroad in reputable companies like Facebook, Apple, Google, Ernst and Young etc.


Impact Metrics

Between 2010 and 2014, Higherlife Foundation students in Zimbabwe have been able to attain relatively high pass rates and perform above the national average pass rates. The trend in other metrics is positive – there is a general decrease in drop-out rates and pregnancy rates, improvements in graduation rates, cross-over rates, resilience and self-confidence – for Higherlife Foundation supported children.




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Burundi Office
Lesotho Office
South Africa Office
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