The Global Do-Gooder

From Orlando to Nepal and Washington, D.C., to Zimbabwe, Avani Mooljee ’16’s service knows no borders.

At Rollins, Avani Mooljee maintained her bonds to her childhood home by partnering with a social venture that sells stylish and environmentally friendly bags made by women in Zimbabwe. (Photo by Scott Cook) At Rollins, Avani Mooljee maintained her bonds to her childhood home by partnering with a social venture that sells stylish and environmentally friendly bags made by women in Zimbabwe. (Photo by Scott Cook)

As a young girl growing up in Zimbabwe, Avani Mooljee ’16 often felt surrounded by vast quantities of unmet need. That experience started her on a path that has led to service on several continents. Mooljee’s far-flung service experience includes interning at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., supporting a primary school and sponsoring dental procedures in Nepal, and working with children on the autism spectrum at The Paragon School in Orlando. At Rollins, she maintained her bonds to her childhood home by partnering with a social venture that sells stylish and environmentally friendly bags made by women in Zimbabwe.

Service Spark
“Growing up in my father’s country of Zimbabwe, I could not help by see the enormous needs. Even in the nation’s capital of Harare, you see so much need. It is hard to avoid. It is impossible to shut out.”

International Experience
“I went with the Rollins group Making Lives Better to Nepal to help a village obtain cleaner water with a new filtration system. It makes such an impact when the students and teachers at a school do not have to spend a lot of time collecting water during the day. We also brought seven dentists to the area. Some elderly people there had never had a dental checkup.”

Recycled Promise
“I want to feel like I can continue to support Zimbabwe and the people there. So I plan to continue to help sell ZEEbags that are woven from plastic litter found in Zimbabwe. It started with the mother of a friend of mine who was counseling HIV-positive women in Zimbabwe who had been abandoned by their families.

“She had them weave a little while they spoke about their lives, and they turned out to be very talented in their craft. The idea was to find an inexpensive material for the weaving, and there is a lot of litter in Zimbabwe. They even use old VHS tapes. I brought some of the bags to show people at Rollins, and they wanted to buy them. ZEEbags now include handbags, backpacks, and laptop bags, and they are durable and fashionable. They’re sold all over the world now, and the profits go to the women who weave them.”

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