Your donation will provide children whose education has been disrupted by domestic violence with uniforms, textbooks, stationery and everything else they need to get back to school.
Children often arrive at domestic violence shelters without their school uniforms and other school essentials. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that children who stand out from their classmates run a higher risk of being bullied.
Your donation will help them fit in at their new school and boost their self-confidence.Find out more
One of the boys has not been to school for six months as he was bullied and always wearing mismatched socks or dirty clothing. He would become disruptive and go back home. He started at a new school this year (you helped with shirts for all three boys). The first day he would not attend but by last Friday he was attending all day and so far this week he has not missed a minute – the difference is fitting in, not being the odd one out. He is also proud as punch with his new uniform and school kit.Find out more
Supplied shoes, stationery and other school items with a wholesale value of more than $200,000
Paid for school uniforms totalling more than $110,000
Purchased laptops & iPads totalling almost $80,000
It is difficult to convey the difference you make to the lives of the women and children who come to our service. Being in refuge is a huge challenge in itself for the children; being away from friends and family is extremely upsetting for them. Starting at a new school is even more challenging, especially if they have to begin their journey in second-hand clothing and without the correct equipment.
Being able to provide them with brand new uniforms and bags and the supplies needed gives them so much confidence to begin their new journey. The relief on the mums’ faces and the huge smiles on their children’s faces say it all!
(from a DV shelter manager in Queensland)
A student at our school arrived day 1 with her school bag packed with books and other resources. This has allowed her to maximise her learning and start her educational journey with confidence and a smile. Zephyr Education made this possible.
(from the Deputy Principal of a primary school in Queensland)
I want to give my warmest regards to Zephyr Education for the funding of my computer. To have such an expensive learning tool funded really gives me hope. I received my computer in March and even just having it for the past week has been such a help, and I went from falling behind in my grades, to having all my assignments in on time and I instantly got on my laptop and rushed to have it all done. This laptop gives me major reassurance on where I’ll be headed. Thank you to everyone involved.
(from a support worker at a Queensland DV shelter)
I have just been introduced to this generous, much needed and appreciated organisation. I have worked with children who have experienced domestic violence for almost 20 years and it’s definitely an area of support that is overlooked and its impact underestimated. Equipping children to recommence school after leaving domestic violence is important on many levels so thank you to infinity!!!
(from a support worker at a DV shelter in Western Australia)
Zephyr Education Inc (formerly, Zephyr Foundation) was established by a group of volunteers who got together in 2013 to help children at domestic violence shelters get on with their education by supplying them with everything they need to start at their new school.Shelters contact us when a new family arrives and give us a list of the things each child will need to start at their new school.The items we provide include school bags, uniforms, shoes and socks, and swim packs, as well as textbooks, stationery and equipment specific to each child’s year level.Find out more