SDGs & CBF: Creating Better Futures with the Sustainable Development Goals

SDGs & CBF: Creating Better Futures with the Sustainable Development Goals2020-09-04T16:07:41+01:00

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the global goals set by the United Nations (UN) for the world to achieve a sustainable future. There are 17 goals to be achieved by 2030. Achieving the goals would enable the most vulnerable communities to fulfill their potentials and escape poverty.

At Creating Better Futures we follow the SDGs to support the children in Zimbabwe. Every project and activity contributes to at least 3 goals. We believe the goals can deliver lasting change to the communities we support. This is especially important because we are a small charity with deep roots in these communities. The SDGs will deliver change that empowers local people in their own cultural contexts! Through local changes around the world, there will be an international transformation…

Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance. Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki Mon: UN Secretriat 2007-2016

Our Projects

Creating Better Futures is passionate about providing a sustainable world and future where children are:

  • Empowered through quality education, which is our key mission.
  • Freed from the cycle of poverty
  • Liberated from the pangs of hunger, so that they can be happy, healthy and well-fed.
  • Invigorated through decreased inequality, especially for girls. We aim for gender equality for education in Zimbabwe, especially by providing sanitary products.
  • Strengthened by accessible sanitation and clean water

HOW DO OUR PROJECTS LINK TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)?

Creating Better Futures uses the Sustainable Development Framework in all our projects. We always go above and beyond for the local community where our team on the ground explores the major challenges for the children.

Extreme poverty is when people live on less than $1.25 a day. In Zimbabwe, of the 6.3 million boys and girls in the country, 4.8 million live in poverty, including 1.6 million in extreme poverty. The UN aims to implement social protection systems but it’s difficult to enforce.
Creating Better futures sponsor around 240 children. All sponsored children receive a caring relationship with the charity. Your support allows us to be there to provide the essentials for the disadvantaged children to lead a happy and healthy life. Whatever challenges they face we will always support their well-being and create a better future.
The UN declares that education is the key to escaping poverty. However, 15% of children in Zimbabwe are out of school and some are forced to work from a very early age. Many children try to attend schools but when they cannot pay the fees they are sent away.
Consequently, Creating Better Futures partners with the schools in Zimbabwe. Our sponsorship means that children can go to school and we can ensure quality education for all. We treat every child as an individual who deserves to reach their potential The children on our sponsor list are the most vulnerable population who need financial support for their education fees, uniform, and other resources.
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More than a third of all Zimbabwean children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition. The consequences of their health are grievous: retarded growth and development, sickness, anemia, etc. Hunger can also impact concentration and reduce the productivity of children at school. Our team regularly encounter children who haven’t been fed and are malnourished.
A world with Zero hunger can positively impact our economies, health, education, and general social development.
Our feeding program provides 5000 children with two meals of nutritional food that they otherwise would not get. We work to end hunger for all.
Period poverty is a huge barrier to gender equality; it is limited or no access to sanitary wear nor menstrual hygiene education. It has been discovered that 60% of rural Zimbabwean girls and women face period poverty. Girls miss at least 20% of their school life while on their period due to not having the right equipment and are ashamed to go to school. We aim to dispel the idea that menstruation is dirty, embarrassing and a taboo subject in Zimbabwe.
Creating Better Future gives access to reusable sanitary pads and can live without shame and get equal access to education. These sanitary pads are now made by the local population, where women now have sustainable income and sustainable production of sanitary products.
  The UN states that sustainable agriculture is vital for the world to be food secure and to reach zero hunger. Our Farmers need to be resilient to climate shocks and disasters. We invest in agriculture, in Zimbabwe, we have an area of land and train local people. This is an essential tool to be given to impoverished communities. Thus, they can have the skills to adapt to the changing climate and provide a sustainable income.
Creating Better Futures aims to provide families with agricultural skills that are productive, sustainable, and profitable. Local people are able to sustain themselves by using cultivated land and farm animals provided.
Energy is a major challenge and opportunity for the world. It is essential that countries start to switch to renewable energy to combat climate change. Furthermore, in Zimbabwe, our team is only connected to the grid overnight when it is cheaper, but energy is still very expensive.
At the start of 2020, we installed solar panels in our offices to ensure consistent energy, protect the environment and this enables our team to consistently help the local people. Through solar energy, we decrease our ecological footprint.

The Covid19 pandemic has come as an unprecedented shock. Now the poorest communities are the most vulnerable. Zimbabwe has poor healthcare and hygiene resources and Zimbabweans are struggling to feed their families and protect themselves from this virus.
As a charity, we have provided handwashing stations, distributed 5000 leaflets to educate the community on the disease, and provides food package deliveries to 600 children and their families. This further reduces the need for the children or parents/guardians to put themselves at risk by going to work. Also, Creating Better Futures is researching how to do distance or accelerated learning as most of the vulnerable children do not have access to the internet to access education online.
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The very nature of our work can be unpredictable. But we also adhere to SDG guidelines in times of crisis. For example, during droughts, built boreholes to make accessing underground water easier (SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation). Also, in cyclones, like Cyclone Idai 2020, we assisted by rebuilding homes (SDG 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure) and fundraising with an emergency appeal for the affected population. Finally, we have helped families struggling by constructing a toilet (SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation) and invested in younger people by sending them to technical colleges (SDG 8: Decent work and Economic growth).

We can create lasting change for the children by following the Sustainable Development Goals. You could help achieve them by joining us.

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