Higher Life Foundation

Higher Life Foundation

I did not start out with a grand idea to set up a massive scholarship fund. It started about 25 years ago, when I learnt that one of my employees had died of what was then a new disease called Aids, and had left behind 3 small children.

So I started to pay for their school fees. As more and more of my employees died of this deadly pandemic over the ensuing years, I kept helping the kids. Then one day, my wife and I sat down and decided to widen the program to help other children and it just went on from there. We now have over 42,000 children getting assistance for education from Higher Life Foundation, at any given time, and we have taken it to other countries where we our businesses operate.

One of the unique features of our program is that we have never solicited funds from outside our own family and employees. For many years the program took up virtually all the money we earned from our businesses. But we really enjoyed doing what we were doing. It was like finding a calling.

If you are in business or simply working as a professional, you do not have to wait until you have lots of money, to extend a helping hand in your community. There is a simple dictum I use, “look for where the need is greatest, and help smallest”. There is no greater urgency than to send a child to school, particularly a young girl.

http://www.higherlifefoundation.com/

Author:Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.

29 Replies to “Higher Life Foundation”

  1. Am moved by this…It is really a good thing to strtch your hand and touch a life, out there,..It Gives life and the people/lives involved see God through you and feel the Love of God through you…

    Blessed is the hand that Gives .

  2. i would like to say Mr Strive may God bless you. Higher life is helping people around the would and we are being transformed. these are great things you do. i wish if we could apply it in the next generations. May God continue to bless you papa.

  3. May the Lord’s goodness and mercy, guidance and protection follow you all the days of you life…..
    I pray one day i will be working hand in hand with you all…#Godbless

  4. May the Lord’s goodness and mercy, guidance and protection follow you all the days of you life…..
    I pray one day i will be working hand in hand with you all…
    Be Blessed In ABUNDANCE!!

  5. Thank you very much for the wonderful work you are doing. You are indeed touching a lot of lives and may the dear Lord continue blessing you and increasing you as well as you stretch out your arms to the needy and helpless. Surely I pray and ask God that you never lack anything one bit. God will never make you lack because of the good work you are doing for Him!!!

  6. Really I dont know what words to say but thank you for the wonderful helping hand you are offering May the good lord richly bless u socially, economically and most of all spiritually

  7. may the Almigthy bless you dear father i m a mong those who are getting assistance Scholl fees and allowance from you i don’t how thank you only is my duty to pray for you

  8. I am Melusi Mwinde a history maker destined by the spirit of God to do good things .
    To be part of history makers natured by higherlife is really touching.I grew up in Binga and lost my parents while was still young.I grew up with my grandmother and later my mother’s sister in Manjolo.One of the unique feature I had was intelligence.Though I did not have anyone to help me pursue my academics.In 2003 was in Grade 5 at Manjolo Primary school in Binga when I became part of global leaders and history makers awesome family.My class teacher Mr V.Muleya connected me to Carpenaum Trust which helped orphans and vulnerable children.This marked the beginning of my long journey to my destiny.

    In 2005 I wrote my grade 7 and became the highest student in Binga District.I received an award of academic excellence during the BSPZ which was held at Manjolo Secondary school in 2006 June .I also received the prize of being the best Science exhibitor in Mat.North during Provincial BSPZ in Lupane .In 2006 I went to Manjolo Secondary school for my secondary education which is seven Kilometers from Manjolo centre where I stay.I used to walk 14Km per day which translates to 98 km per week ,392 Km per month going to school.Through helping hand of higher life foundation I soldiered on with my education.

    Higherlife paid for my fees and gave us food packs to help ourselves.In 2009 I wrote my O level despite us not learning on a previous year 2008 owing to economic challenges which witnessed closure of schools.I did well with my O level and proceeded to ‘A’Level at Binga High school.Through Higherlife Foundation my fees were catred for.I also did well in my A level subjects in 2011.

    I went to Midlands State University and enrolled for Bachelor of Arts in History in 2012 August .Through Higherlife Foundation my fees were catred for .Surely I’m a living testimony as without higherlife foundation I could not be where I am today.I graduated in 2016.

    I’m happy that am ploughing back to the community through Ruzivo Ambassodaral in Vicfalls,Mat.North.It is always interesting to be part of the family which natured you.I’m inspiring other Youths who think being an orphan and coming from a poor background is the end of the road.With God all good things are possible.Thank you higherlife Foundation.

    Twalumba

  9. I am Melusi Mwinde a history maker destined by the spirit of God to do great things .
    To be part of history makers natured by higherlife is really touching.I grew up in Binga and lost my parents while was still young.I grew up with my grandmother and later my mother’s sister in Manjolo.One of the unique feature I had was intelligence.Though I did not have anyone to help me pursue my academics.In 2003 was in Grade 5 at Manjolo Primary school in Binga when I became part of global leaders and history makers awesome family.My class teacher Mr V.Muleya connected me to Carpenaum Trust which helped orphans and vulnerable children.This marked the beginning of my long journey to my destiny.

    In 2005 I wrote my grade 7 and became the highest student in Binga District.I received an award of academic excellence during the BSPZ which was held at Manjolo Secondary school in 2006 June .I also received the prize of being the best Science exhibitor in Mat.North during Provincial BSPZ in Lupane .In 2006 I went to Manjolo Secondary school for my secondary education which is seven Kilometers from Manjolo centre where I stay.I used to walk 14Km per day which translates to 98 km per week ,392 Km per month going to school.Through helping hand of higher life foundation I soldiered on with my education.

    Higherlife paid for my fees and gave us food packs to help ourselves.In 2009 I wrote my O level despite us not learning on a previous year 2008 owing to economic challenges which witnessed closure of schools.I did well with my O level and proceeded to ‘A’Level at Binga High school.Through Higherlife Foundation my fees were catred for.I also did well in my A level subjects in 2011.

    I went to Midlands State University and enrolled for Bachelor of Arts in History in 2012 August .Through Higherlife Foundation my fees were catred for .Surely I’m a living testimony as without higherlife foundation I could not be where I am today.I graduated in 2016.

    I’m happy that am ploughing back to the community through Ruzivo Ambassodaral in Vicfalls,Mat.North.It is always interesting to be part of the family which natured you.I’m inspiring other Youths who think being an orphan and coming from a poor background is the end of the road.With God all good things are possible.Thank you higherlife Foundation.

    Twalumba

  10. ummmm Mr Strive you are really a great man and i salute you Sir …. You really know how to love others …May the ALMIGHTY GOD keep blessing cz HE LOVES CHEERFUL GIVERS …may we all learn from what you do for others

  11. Blessed be the Name of The LORD because of you sir and your lovely wife. you obeyed the voice of God and you still carryout the task without a faint heart.

  12. Sir,

    we are of poor family we need assistance to start a small business.We need your donation for help.We need your valuable support.

    Bank Details

    a/c# 0708101023752
    sheela george,
    canara bank,chalakudy branch,
    kerala,india.
    +971527606746.

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    00918943782716

  13. I Am Happy To Know About Masiyiwa’s Stories.He Is A Good Man And An Important Person I Africa.God Continues To Help Help Him So As To Improve The Orphan’s Life And Our Future Life.God Alwas Blesses Him!

  14. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Strive Masiyiwa, he is my saviour. Without his help i don’t think i will be here in life #I’m a history maker

  15. Am a history maker also……i thank u mr masiiwa be blessed I just wish to do zvamunoita as I finished Xul…..anxxx you am benefiting.without you am nothing

  16. I would like to thank Dr Strive for making our future brilliant,transforming our lives .May the Lord continue blessing you and your family

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