Aysha Madha, previously a trustee, has won a place on the Vodafone World of Difference programme to work part-time for four months for SEED. Aysha is one of 500 people from across the UK selected to work at a charity of their choice, supported by the Vodafone Foundation.

Aysha's role will involve fundraising and developing a funding strategy for the future. Her two days a week will add to co-founder Marie Nazombe's one day a week, thus tripling the capacity.

Aysha stated 'I like the way that SEED works, it is very respectful of local people, responding to the needs they identify and helping them to come up with long-term sustainable solutions - building pride and self-sufficiency in communities. This is why I am grateful to Vodafone for funding my placement to help support SEED. This type of support is big for a tiny charity like SEED, who currently only have one paid member of staff for one day a week in the UK. SEED's work in Zimbabwe has grown hugely in 7 years and our office in the UK has to keep up.'

Marie added, 'Managing fundraising, finance, publicity, admin, operations (and anything else that happens to come up) on just one day a week has been a real challenge, so this opportunity to bring Aysha on board is extremely welcome!'

Aysha on a visit to Zimbabwe in 2008
(Image: Aysha on a visit to Zimbabwe in 2008, after an impromptu game of Grandmother's footsteps in a high-density area.)

Aysha attended a Vodafone World of Difference induction day, where she enjoyed meeting some of her fellow Vodafone-funded charity placement staff. At the event, Vodafone Campaign ambassador Gok Wan said, 'The Vodafone World of Difference programme is fantastic at bringing man power to struggling charities. I love seeing the difference just a few months can make, and the fact that so many winners continue a relationship with their charity after their placement ends is inspiring.'

Last year, charities from all corners of the UK benefited from the Vodafone World of Difference programme, and 79% of people who have previously taken part in the scheme have stayed connected to their charity, giving the UK's third sector much needed support.

We wish Aysha well for her time with us and you can follow the ups and downs of Aysha's 4 months on her blog or follow her on Twitter: [email protected]

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