My Mum just gave me a Eureka moment. Immediately afterwards I realised the idea is neither new nor unique, and definitely not worthy of eureka-esque celebrations and so I refrained from running around naked.
But, no matter how old and un-unique the idea may be it is, undeniably, a cracking one.
The idea is simple:
Take loose change that goes into pockets and add a washing machine. Take change from pocket (preferably prior to going into washing machine) and place in jam jar. Continue for a year or until jam jar is overflowing, and then give it to our school fees project!!! Oh, and repeat!
Our school fees project is now known as “The Lwazi Programme“. “Lwazi” means knowledge in Ndebele and is also the name of my friend and ex-research assistant. Not only does she have what can only be considered to be a great name, but she was also the one who instigated the sponsoring of school kids. She compassionately gave her wages from working with me to a seven year old goat herding boy to attend school for the first time in one of our case study villages and from there spawned the whole project (see my previous blog on “The Power of £24” for more).
Last time I emptied my said jar (nothing goes in above 20p mind you) I had over £40! That equates to one and a half years of schooling for a primary school child, or a term of secondary. Or, contributions to a bicycle for remote children to get to school without having to board. You get the idea.
As it’s the start of January, it seemed like the perfect time to ask any of you who are inflicted with washing machine pocket change, or bottom of bag change, sofa change, car seat change, bedside table change or all of the above to conquer said problem with a dedicated and altruistic jam jar, and when it’s full to send it over to us! Just think how much fun you can have decorating said jam jar. The rainy day possibilities are endless! What more could you possibly want? Loose change no longer in your (or your washing machine’s) way. A prettily decorated jam jar sat on your window sill. And an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy way to directly change a life – or three.
THUMBS UP TO WASHING MACHINES, POCKETS, COPPERS, JAM JARS, and YOU!
You can contact us through comments here (plus put your email address in the form) or email thelwaziprogramme [at] gmail.com (until we get an official one set up), whether you just want to say hi, get involved collecting change, or if you would like more information on how to sponsor a child. Visit our website here and follow us on Facebook.