Zephyr Education

  • helps children affected by domestic violence get back to school
  • supplies school uniforms and all other school essentials
  • responds immediately to requests for help
  • has negligible administration costs
  • is run entirely by volunteers
What we do What we do
What we do
We help children whose education has been disrupted by domestic violence get back to school as quickly as possible by supplying them with everything they need.
How you can help How you can help
How you can help?
Your donation will give a child whose life has been disrupted by domestic violence the best chance of successfully restarting their education at a new school. Examples of the school items your donation will pay for are:
$50 - a pair of shoes and socks
$150 – school bag with stationery, textbooks, and other school essentials
$250 – primary school uniform including shoes and sports uniform
$450 – high school uniform including shoes and sports uniform.
Why choose us Why choose us
Why choose us?
Zephyr Education assists one of the most vulnerable groups in our community – children whose lives and schooling have been disrupted by domestic violence. Our goal is to ensure that children who arrive at a shelter will be able to start at their new school, fully equipped, as soon as possible (usually within 48 hours).
We are all unpaid volunteers and so almost every dollar we receive is spent on uniforms and other school essentials to get the children back to school.
How it works How it works
How it works
We supply shelters and our other clients with school stationery packs for each year level and shoes in a range of sizes to provide to children as soon as they arrive. We replenish their stock on request. We also pay for school uniforms and school resource fees (e.g. for eLearning).
The Value of your help

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.

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The difference your donation can make

An example from a support worker at a DV shelter!

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.

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With the support of people like you, we helped more than 3000 children get back to school last financial year

Supplied shoes, stationery and other school items

Supplied shoes, stationery and other school items with a wholesale value of more than $200,000

Paid for school uniforms

Paid for school uniforms totalling more than $110,000

Purchased laptops & iPads

Purchased laptops & iPads totalling almost $80,000

Feedback about the impact of our work

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)


About Zephyr

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.

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