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Ruvimbo Tenga Memorial Fund

Ruvimbo Tenga Memorial Fund

Personal message

Ruvimbo Tenga was our beloved colleague, comrade and friend; she was a passionate activist around sex workers, migrants and LGBTQ rights and a writer, poet, researcher and performer. 

Tragically, Ruvimbo lost her life from complications related to a car accident in June 2022, leaving her friends and family in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and worldwide heartbroken. We are reaching out for support to allow us to take Ruvimbo home to Zimbabwe for burial, hold a memorial in Cape Town and provide what help we can to her family.

Ruvimbo worked tirelessly to better the lives of sex workers, migrants, the LGBTQI community, the homeless and many other marginalised communities, but her family was her life. She did all of this work while being the sole supporter of her family: her mother and her four children. 

With your support, we can give her a dignified send-off, cover the costs of the repatriation of her remains to her family in Zimbabwe, cover the costs of her funeral and offer continued support to her loved ones, which they will dearly need.

The money raised will be used to support several activities; these include:

  • Support for the repatriation of Ruvi’s body to Zimbabwe
  • Her funeral in Zimbabwe
  •  Memorial activities here in South Africa

Once immediate needs have been met, we would like to use the remainder of the funds to support Ruvimbo’s children through this devastating time.

To leave comments or share memories on her memorial page, please go herehttp://www.gatheringus.com/memorial/ruvimbo-tenga/9250

Donations

  • Jun 20, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "go well dear Ruvi!" - Zethu

  • Jun 18, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Gone too soon, but never forgotten. My deepest condolences to all who loved Ruvi. What a great loss to us all." - Candice Breitz

  • Jun 16, 2022 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Rest In Peace dearest Ruvimbo. I’ll never forget all that you were, a force of life and love." - Elsa

  • Jun 16, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "For someone who's life speaks of love, imagination and community." - Charlene van der Walt

  • Jun 16, 2022 - R 3 000.00
  • "For Ruvi." - Russell

  • Jun 16, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Hi Ruvi, you have had such an amazing impact on my life. You are already sorely missed. Rest in POWER my Sista. " - Ntokozo

  • Jun 16, 2022 - R 3 000.00
  • "How blessed and all the better I am for knowing you Ruvi. Rest in power, beautiful soul. Love & light, always." - Lavanya & Family

  • Jun 16, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "You touched my life so deeply and importantly and I know that I was just one of many. Your presence brought comfort, care, learning and laughter. I will hold you close always. Much love." - Kyle Young

  • Jun 14, 2022 - R 1 500.00
  • "Our thoughts are with Ruvimbo's friends and family. She will be missed." - Impact Consulting

  • Jun 14, 2022 - USD $ 30.97
  • "You made the world a better place and will be greatly missed " - Suzanne

  • Jun 14, 2022 - USD $ 250.00
  • "I can well imagine that the first thing you said to St Peter was, 'Let's start a conversation'. Rest in Power my friend and sister. x" - Neil Goodwin

  • Jun 13, 2022 - USD $ 15.72
  • "Ruvimbo your love, fire, generosity, and vision live on! Thank you for the example of your life " - G

  • Jun 13, 2022 - USD $ 157.20
  • "We lost an amazing, powerful and warm human being…." - Ingeborg, Soraya & Silvia

  • Jun 12, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Your inspiring vitality and commitment to justice will live on, but so sadly missed, rest in peace" - Tammy

  • Jun 12, 2022 - USD $ 40.00
  • "You’ve positively impacted so many! Thank you." - Anonymous

  • Jun 12, 2022 - USD $ 31.53
  • "Thank you for your craziness. - Myra" - Myra

  • Jun 12, 2022 - USD $ 88.28
  • "A bright star taken far too soon, your memory and work will live on. Blessed to have known you." - Donna

  • Jun 11, 2022 - USD $ 62.99
  • "Rest in power, Ruvimbo. You were a light and am honoured to have met you" - Doerte Bemme

  • Jun 11, 2022 - USD $ 246.02
  • "We have lost a fearless, passionate, creative and brilliant light. It shines on in the inspiration Ruvimbo passed to all who knew her, or saw her work. Rest in power." - SM

  • Jun 11, 2022 - USD $ 12.60
  • "Rest in power" - Marta F.

  • Jun 11, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "The world is a darker place without your warm, kind, passionate, beautiful soul. I will never forget the time that we spent working together at SWEAT. Rest in Power dear Sister. " - Azraa Waja

  • Jun 11, 2022 - USD $ 125.97
  • "A giant among us has fallen, a friend and advocate fearlessly fighting for the rights of us all! Love you Ru, rest in peace! xo " - Keith Mienies

  • Jun 10, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "Rest in power, Ruvi. I am honoured to have been in your presence and been able to hear some of your story. Your work will help many for years to come. " - Carmen

  • Jun 10, 2022 - USD $ 64.56
  • "May Ruvi's memory inspire us to remain kind to each other" - Mimi

  • Jun 10, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "I will always remeber you for being different and that a good thing . May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. Until we meet again. Rest in Peace" - Titus Shigwedha

  • Jun 10, 2022 - USD $ 12.91
  • "Thank you Ruvimbo" - Matti

  • Jun 10, 2022 - USD $ 100.00
  • "You will be deeply missed..." - Anon

  • Jun 10, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "You will be greatly missed rest in power" - Jayne

  • Jun 10, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Ruvimbo, keep shining your smart, beautiful, fierce, creative, spirit light that you are. We carry what you taught us, with gratitude. For unforgettable you." - sarita and sonja

  • Jun 10, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you Ruvimbo " - Carine Zaayman

  • Jun 09, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "..|| ulale ngok'thula Nkosazana ..." - Nhlanhla

  • Jun 09, 2022 - USD $ 130.78
  • "Your indomitable Spirit is a beacon for us all. Love always..." - Sara & Nina

  • Jun 09, 2022 - USD $ 32.70
  • "in solidarity, with care x" - A

  • Jun 09, 2022 - R 250.00
  • "In Solidarity" - Anonymous

  • Jun 09, 2022 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Rest in Power, Ruvi! " - jasmine Sankofa

  • Jun 09, 2022 - USD $ 50.23
  • ""Save one life and you save the world entire."" - Anonymous

  • Jun 09, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "With love and solidarity, for all you brought to the work of our collective liberation" - Masana Mulaudzi

  • Jun 09, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "your engagement with me, at all levels, over the years, has enriched my insight into vibrant and authentic compassion, integrity, and amazing resilience . rest in peace my daugher of AfriKa" - Dr Gordon Isaacs

  • Jun 09, 2022 - R 350.00
  • "An extraordinary activist and human, rest in power." - Alex

  • Jun 09, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Ruvimbo, you remain a force for honest engagement, inspiration and good. Love to your partner, family, friends and comrades. Anton" - Anton Ofield-Kerr-Kerr

  • Jun 09, 2022 - USD $ 100.00
  • "All the love and light to your loved ones" - Melanie Hofmann

  • Jun 09, 2022 - USD $ 32.70
  • "With care" - Fabian

  • Jun 09, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "transition with ease dear Ruvimbo" - Yaliwe

  • Jun 09, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "

    Long live Ruvimbo!

    " - Cherith

  • Jun 09, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Transition peaceful sister comrade Ruvimbo & Rise in Power! " - P S M

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Ramavimbo! You knew how best to inspire, irritate, challenge, arouse, interrogate, laugh and so much more. I am 100% sure you are lobbying where every you are. " - Ishtar

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "With love" - Anon

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 350.00
  • "Till we meet again Rue. Love you ️" - Thomars

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 2 000.00
  • "Rest in power xx" - Lucy

  • Jun 08, 2022 - USD $ 129.99
  • "Rest in power, Ruvimbo ️" - Allie Dee

  • Jun 08, 2022 - USD $ 129.99
  • "Rest peacefully Ruvi. You will be missed." - Stacey-Leigh Manoek

  • Jun 08, 2022 - USD $ 35.75
  • "Rest in power, Ruvimbo" - Miriam GK

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 3 000.00
  • "in solidarity " - Sally Shackleton

  • Jun 08, 2022 - USD $ 80.00
  • "Rest in power, Ruvimbo. You were a force to be reckoned with, and had so much to share with the world" - Kayla

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Rest in Peace Ruvi… " - Lesego

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Why do all the best ones go first? Rest gently, beautiful Ruvi. All of the love to your loved ones. " - Alexa Sedge

  • Jun 08, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Rest in power." - Gemma Oberth

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SWEAT is a non-profit organization with over 20 years of advocating for human and health rights of sex workers in South Africa.

SWEAT's mission is to support sex workers to access health and human rights in a criminalized system, while at the same time advocating for the decriminalization of sex work in the country.

SWEAT has its head office in Cape Town, but provide services to sex workers Nationally through working with the National Movement of Sex Workers in South Africa, Sisonke. SWEAT provides various services to sex workers, including; outreach programs, workshops, legal services, healthcare services, and 24-hour counseling helpline services.