WASHINGTON — Two New Zealand 12 year-old twin sisters, Shefali and Shivani Sinha, have been nominated for the Shine-A-Light award by Genesis Energy – New Zealand’s biggest energy provider – for supporting rural school library development in Zimbabwe.
Voting is under way to choose the winners. There is a likelihood Genesis Energy will support the work they are doing if they win.
According to Drieden Kunaka of the Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust, which is registered in Zimbabwe and New Zealand, voting is currently underway at https://shinealight.kiwi/story/VGsb8crg9kG-CwjS2hUr_g?t=16102015 to choose the winners, who will be supported by the company for conducting charity work.
He said, “I am appealing to Zimbabweans to take part in this vote by checking the link below, and clicking on the love heart.
“We are all for rural schools library development. This project is now also being supported by musicians like Sandra Ndebele, Charles Charamba and Leonard Zhakata who want to sing a song about rural libraries and getting books for the poor.”
The mother of the twins, Anindita Dey, told VOA Studio 7 she is happy about her children’s interest in helping poor rural kids in Zimbabwe.
“They attend good schools here but were touched that there are some children who do not have access to books and that is why they decided to help in this projects. All the projects which they are doing on behalf of the rural library trust, including selling snowman, are going on very well.
“We are very proud of these children and we hope Zimbabweans will vote for them in the Genesis Energy competition so that they can raise more money for rural libraries. Everyone is excited about this project.”