Why Oppi supports Tutela Africa
Shoes carry us home
Oppi started out by providing new shoes for children in need, for every pair of Oppi shoes sold.
But, shoes do not stand still. During her last giving trip to Mozambique Jane realised that, while new shoes remain important, what seemed more critical was the opportunity for children to grow up in a safe, loving family home. With appropriate support, perhaps families could then afford the dignity of providing new shoes for their own children, rather than just relying on handouts.
As a nation Mozambique remains in recovery after years of civil war, flooding and droughts. The issues of housing children, many of whom are orphans, has up-till-now been primarily addressed with institutional care.
But, we didn’t want Oppi to support an institutional model of childcare.
A recent Save the Children report (PDF), states advice from the new International Guiding Principles of the Appropriate Use and Conditions of Alternative Care for Children framework:
Why Oppi chose to partner with Tutela Africa
Tutela Africa are setting out on a journey to challenge traditional models of childcare in Mozambique, by introducing the relatively unknown concept of family-based care. We think this is courageous and we want to encourage them.
Why we support Tutela Africa:
- We believe children are a gift, they are unique and they deserve to grow up in safe, happy family homes. Tutela Africa are seeking to make this possible for children in Mozambique.
- We like their values. They believe people are valuable and that partnering with others can bring about the best type of positive change.
- The founders of Tutela Africa, Jonny and Becky Wakely, are originally from Bath, and have been known to Oppi since we began. Tutela's trustees also live in Bath. We think all this keeps things local and accountable.
- We recognise the importance of supporting small beginnings, while believing in a bigger vision. It is a privilege to partner with Tutela Africa as they start out. We are excited to share their story as we continue to tell ours.