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  Empowering communities to reduce poverty

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Reeds making at its best.

By Martin Muleya.

Mutare, Zimbabwe. (News Of The South) – LovemoreJohannes Landine (41) who resides in Maonde, Sakubva high density suburb in Manicaland province, is a reeds maker with no eyesight..The man is still a bachelor and stays alone making reeds baskets, chairs, sofas and washing baskets all at his home which he doubles as his workshop, for retail to the general public.

A visit by this News Of The South reporter together with members of the Rebuild Sakubva last week, witnessed the man busy doing what he knew best as was busy weaving a reed chair all by himself.

According to his neighbours, Lovemore is a cheerful person who is fraught with generosity and though he is in his 40s, he is still as handsome as any other.

His eyes were ravaged by a strange disease that resulted in him losing his sight when he completed his Ordinary Level at a school in Bulawayo.

“When i was born i had my sight with me, but later developed a disease on my eyes that resulted in me losing my eyesight. By then I was still young at a tender age of 20years and had to enrol myself at Jairos Jiri Association in Bulawayo in 2003.”There at the institution, i learnt how to make chairs, sofas, washing baskets, chest of drawers out of water reeds. I pursued this trade with passion and when I completed the course in 2005, i have been doing this reds making on my own,” said the soft spoken Lindane who was busy making a reeds chair.

Setting eyes on the shy handsome man for the first time, one would indeed be forgiven for thinking that he is impersonating a blind man as he does his job perfectly well with the accurateness that even left those who had visited him with Rebuild Sakubva team, tongue tied.

Some in the area call him the modern day Paul Matavire as he wore black spectacles that resemble those worn by the late self proclaimed Doctor of Love Paul Matavire who could vividly make an amazing description of a woman in his songs as if he was seeing him.



The gentleman says he finds nothing fascinating about life and sometimes just watches as time passes by. The goods that he manufactures he sells them to local people in Sakubva community getting as little as $15 not withstanding the fact that he would have ordered the water reeds from Chipinge, about 280 kilometers south of Mutare.

However Lindane is optimistic that even though the he is feeling the pinch of the harsh economic environment, experienced in the country as, his sales have dwindled drastically, he noted that on a good month he can make a profit of $200- 300 from reeds making.”These days there are no more big orders coming my way like they used to in the past “said Lovemore.

Unlike many other men in his neighbourhood who loiter around waiting for assistance from charity organisations, Lovemore prefers keeping an eye on his tools of trade and thinks nothing other than emancipating himself from poverty by being self reliant.

The man sat alone on the chair flanked by a bucket of water that he uses to soften the pile of reeds stocked behind him and covered by a black plastic to avoid the attention of thieves at his homestead.

The workshop is not covered and has no floor, he would just be seated on a dusty ordinary pathway at his homestead though it appeared neat, smartly swept.

The man looked jovial while he was surrounded by visiting Rebuild Sakubva members United kingdom chapter and those who are based in Sakubva, as he narrated his ordeal.

Lindane said he is inspired by a proverb he learnt from his mother that, “There is only one pretty child in the world and every mother has it”.

He dismissed the claims that he might have been bewitched. Rebuild Sakubva Mutare chapter executive Director Lucy Nkomo concurred that Lovemore is a member of the Sakubva community who needs support for him to make a living out of his chosen talent and leading a good life in the process.

“Lovemore is a member of the Sakubva community and as part of our endeavour as an organisation to support vulnerable members of our community, we identify people like him who needs support. And in the same vein, we also identify people who are capable of supporting the less privileged like the visit by the team from Britain and then link the two, she said.

Nkomo reiterated that business has not been good to Lovemore who needs money to order his tools of trade noting that he has been an active member of the ABCD (Asset Based Community Development).she highlighted that through is works, Lindane has proven that disability is not inability, emphasizing that if he finds the right people to back his work, he is prepared to relay his skill to other members of the community who might also want to do business in reeds making.

There is hope at the end of Lovemore’s tunnel if he gets the right resources, she said.


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By Martin Muleya.

MUTARE, Zimbabwe. (News Of The South) -Sakubva community are set to brace up for a new look in the oldest community of Mutare, following the recent visit by a delegation from the United Kingdom.

Rebuild Sakubva a United Kingdom based chapter received a heart rending welcome yesterday in Mutare, when they visited Sakubva Beit-hall, with a view to monitor and appreciate the progress taking place at the once dilapidated home of entertainment for the Sakubva community.

In her welcome remarks Rebuild Sakubva Mutare Chapter Executive Director Lucy Nkomo highlighted that the visit by the four member delegation from England was to cement relationship between the Sakubva community and the would-be sponsors who want to give Mutare’s oldest high density suburb a new look.

“The whole purpose of the visit for the four member delegation is to familiarize themselves with Sakubva suburb as well as interacting with the beneficiaries of the books they sent sometime beginning of last year which were distributed for all schools dotted in Sakubva township,” said an elated Nkomo.

The delegation which comprised of a Briton of Zimbabwean descent Fungai Malianga and three other Alvin Elcock, prince John Emmanuel and Hesketh Benoit all from the Caribbean Islands will be in the country for the next two weeks interacting with people of all ages, distributing basketball balls and sport kits for community teams in Sakubva.

During their maiden visit at Sakubva beit- hall the quartet were treated to some beautiful entertainment by upcoming hip hop artists Gainmore Bhere and Cashington Nyikayaramba.

The duos who are known on stage as G-Bells exhibited rare talent in the music industry as they kept fans on their toes with their hit songs such as Mubvumbi Wabva Kare and M- town.

The M-town song is pregnant with meaning as how artist in Mutare have been shun from the limelight and that this was their opportune time to make their presence felt especially with the opening of the two weeks old Diamond Community Radio station in Mutare.

“G-Bells has been in the hip hop industry since 2010, bad had not been receiving the intended publicity it deserves. Whenever promoters think of music, they would think of hiring artists from Harare and thus our song M-Town is meant to make our presence felt that we as locals deserve the equal publicity just like the Harare artists. Our fervent hope is that with the coming up of Diamond Community Radio Station, we will be able to showcase our talent and use this as our springboard to hog the limelight,” noted Bhere.

Speaking in an interview with News Of The South, Rebuild Sakubva United Kingdom chapter chairman Fungai Malianga said his team was humbled by the reception they received from the Sakubva community considering that they were interacting with them for the first time.

He however was quick to note that the purpose of their two week- long visit was to establish how handful the donation of books the sent last year has been to the recipients’ as well as seeing that the iconic Sakubva Beit-hall is reverberated as a giant entertainment joint in Sakubva.

“The purpose of our visit is to find out and recognize what has been happening to the donations that we sent here sometime last year. Basically we are interested in finding out if we sent the right donation, was it useful to the intended beneficiaries because we are gathering and sending these books at random.

“Also we intend to find out what is really required in schools here specifically not forgetting to finish the big project that we are renovating Sakubva Beit-hall. We aspire to see the Beit-hall as a viable community centre that will serve both the young and the old,” said Malianga.

Malianga who also hails from Sakubva and once shared stage with the Runn Family led by the Muparutsa family also reiterated that his home coming after 20 years was worthwhile and assured that he would dig dip in his coffers to retain the status that Sakubva community had during yesteryear.

Alvin Elcock who hails from Barnados, Carribean Islands said the historic visit in Zimbabwe and particularly in Mutare was handy and noted that he was overwhelmed by the refurbishments taking place at the Beit-hall.

“I am overwhelmed with the project here in Sakubva of refurbishing the community hall. By refurbishing this seemingly old building we are actually developing the capacity for the locals,” he said.

The visitors from the United Kingdom are expected to be part of the crowd that will watch superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi do what he knows best on stage at next week’s Friday gig at the community hall, in Sakubva, together with other upcoming artists in Sakubva to support him.

part of the crowd at Sakubva beit hall watching the proceedings


Fom left to right Alvin Elcock, Nyadzisai Mushonga, Min of Youth and Indigenisation Mutare District head Alex Mwakapesile and Lucy Nkomo (Rebuild Sakubva Executive Director)

Vision Academy dancers pose for a photo


From left Alvin Elcock, Prince John Emmanuel, Lucy Nkomo and Nyadzisai Mushonga having a chat at the Beit-hall balcony


Sakubva Beit Hall To Get New Facelift

By Martin Muleya , 18 , Nov 2015 in Africa News Slider

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By Martin Muleya.


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MUTARE, Zimbabwe. (News Of The South) – Sakubva Beit-hall is set to get a new face-lift next year after some former residents of Mutare’s oldest high density suburb pledged to help council renovate the facility.

In an interview with News Of The South during the handover ceremony of books worth $33 000 to nine local schools (primary and secondary), Rebuild Sakubva Executive Director, Lucia Nkomo said their primary objective is to bring back the glory associated with a high density suburb that nurtured most successful people in Mutare and beyond.

“Rebuild Sakubva is a grassroots organization which was started in 2011, with over 2000 members having been born and bred in Sakubva. We want to help government as well as the local council (Mutare City Council) to develop the already dilapidated infrastructure. We are members who are dotted all over the world and intend to rebuild a community with citizens and residents with a changed mind-set,” she said.

Nkomo said they want to renovate Sakubva Beit-hall to being a cinema with state-of-the art equipment that will help youngsters do entrepreneurial business like recording music without necessarily making the long trip to Harare.

“We need $150 000 to renovate Sakubva Beit-hall but so far we have managed to raise $60 000, which will kick start the renovations. As I am speaking right now, we are expecting a consignment with projectors, state-of-the-art public address system among other equipment to be used in the hall forSakubva residents ” she added.


Sakubva Beit-hall is one of the oldest entertainment centres build by the City of Mutare before independence but today it almost resembles a white elephant due to neglect by the local authority and residents.

Speaking at the same occasion, guest of honour, Mutare District Education Officer, Mr. Nathaniel Machini, commended RESA for ploughing back to the community that nurtured them.

He bemoaned the decline in the quality of grammar being used by students adding that social media has been a huge let down as students are now used to chatting using shortcuts.

“RESA has been providing technical and financial assistance since 2011 to the community of Sakubva. In addition, through various projects that have been supported by various organizations, the development efforts by RESA include the field of basic human needs such as health care and education.


“It is my hope that these books that have been donated will be put to good use, as it is disturbing to note that most of our children now cannot write or use correct grammar due to the use of shortcuts when they chat with friends on social media.

“It comes as no surprise to me that Rebuild Sakubva, still today is one of the leading local indigenous organizations within the vicinity of Sakubva. We are very pleased to observe the successful on-going help led by Rebuild Sakubva. We hope that their help in donation of books will serve to mitigate the problems of overcrowding per book by pupils in classrooms,” said Mr. Machini.

Ever since its inception, Rebuild Sakubva has donated more than 2000 text books worth over $20 000 to Sakubva Library in December 2013 and this year they managed to raise 5 136 Pounds for the treatment of a four year old boy who underwent four surgical operations at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare.

Chisamba School Gets Donation Valued At $2500

By Martin Muleya , 19 , Nov 2015 in Africa News Slider

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By Martin Muleya.


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MUTARE, Zimbabwe. (News of The South) – An educated community can support and sustain itself, goes an old saying and this proverb seem to be bearing fruits for Mutare’s oldest high density suburb, Sakubva.

In trying to inculcate the spirit of giving and giving back to the community that nurtured them, members of the Rebuild Sakubva extended their hand of giving to Chisamba Primary school by donating 250 chairs with a value of $ 2 500.

This is not the first time that RESA has embarked on a mission to plough back to the Sakubva community. a community that has over the past years made news for the wrong reasons with vices like hooliganism, prostitution, high school drop outs cases, thieving among other social vices taking centre stage.

Rebuild Sakubva Executive director Lucia Nkomo in an interview yesterday, implored Zimbabweans especially those from Mutare to join hands and support raising the standards of education in a community that has become a haven for criminal activities.

“As RESA we should support education in our community. by making this donation of 250 chairs to Chisamba Primary School, we want to teach the young generation the basics of giving and giving back to the community that nurtured them. We chose to extend this donation to Chisamba Primary School after realising that some of the pupils at the school especially those in ECD (Early Childhood Development) did not have chairs to sit on and were squatting on the floor while learning. This was a very bad sitting posture that results in poor attention on the part of the child and more often than not leading to bad handwriting as well as producing bad results at Grade Seven,” said Nkomo.

She noted that in a nation fraught with unemployment rate at 80 percent, with most residents in Sakubva surviving on hand-to-mouth, it was imperative to lessen the burden of making sure that pupils get quality education by playing their social responsibility role by availing chairs and leaving the duty of paying Tuition fees to the parents only.

“Our donation lessens the burden on parents, local authorities and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education itself, as we have also played our social responsibility role. All what the parents are left to do is to pay tuition fees for their children, as we have donated chairs that will guarantee every child at the school is learning while seated comfortably and not squatting as was the case before. The money we used to purchase the chairs did not come from foreign donors but rather came from former students who learnt at Chisamba school. As an organisation we are encouraging other former students at schools dotted in Sakubva to cultivate the spirit of giving back to the community that raised them,” added Nkomo.

In accepting the donation of the 250 chairs Chisamba Primary School Headmistress Eugenia Mudede was full of praises for RESA. She expressed gratitude and highlighted that the donation came at a moment when most ECD pupils were sharing a single bench while others would literary learn while sitting on the floor.

“This donation of chairs for our pupils will definitely make a difference and give a new complexion to the school’s endeavour of making sure that every child is a beneficiary of quality education. Most of our infants prior to this donation were sharing a single bench while other would actually sit on the floor. We tried in 2013 to avert this situation by purchasing 100 plastic chairs but still they were not adequate to cater for those who are on the afternoon session. We pray to acquire new furniture and single desks withy chairs to cater for our Grade seven pupils especially during examinations time,” she said.

a Grade 3 pupil sitting on the new chair.

Apart from the problems of chairs, the school at present has nineteen classrooms but to effectively and efficiently operate at its full capacity, the school needs fifteen more classroom blocks.

Built in 1970 by the Rhodesian government, Chisamba Primary School has an enrolment of 1 500 pupils with its catchment area stretching from Sakubva, Chikanga Phase 2-3 and partly Hobhouse.

The school has nine grades as required by the statutes in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, with a resource unit that caters for the mentally challenged pupils currently with an enrolment of 10 pupils and 20 pupils in the special class unit.

RESA Set To Improve Livelihoods In Sakubva

By Martin Muleya , 23 , Nov 2015 in Africa News Slider

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By Martin Muleya.


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Mutare, Zimbabwe. (News of The South) – As I walked past a cluster of dilapidated houses that were yawning for facelift, I was jerked into a reality check by some chorus of whistles and boos by some rogue touts aimed at a skimpily attired young lady who could pass for a flesh peddler.

A salvo of unprintable obscenities trailed the lady who swiftly sought sanctuary at a makeshift police post to escape from the taunts of touts who were threatening to tear her clothes to smithereens.

At that juncture I realised that I was in the Avenues, an area in Mutare’s oldest sprawling high density suburb. This is the neighbourhood in which angels sometimes fear to tread on.

A neighbourhood in which social ills and vices are rife and rampant.

This is the neighbourhood that Takudzwa Chirau (not her real name) has called home since birth 17 years ago.

Takudzwa, who appears older to be a teenager due to a plethora of reasons among them an insecure and stressful background brought about by grinding poverty that has taken its toll on her, especially after the passing on of her parents three years ago, leaving her to fend for her young siblings at a tender age.

She desperately tries to lull her infant to sleep through a cliché of a lullaby… The infant that is sweating profusely under the scotching heat defies mother’s soothing lullaby and continues to sing from a different protest song book much to the chagrin of her youthful mother.

Upon realising that she was waging a lost battle, Takudzwa unstraps her child from the back, fishes one of her breasts from her brazier-less top and starts to suckle her infant who hungrily tugs at her breast that oozed milk. In no time the infant who appears to have soiled herself, soundly drifts into dreamland.

Takudzwa admits that she has not brought any nappy or diaper along, and makes a makeshift bed on the veranda at the nearby shops, a bit far away from the madding crowd. There she lays the baby!

The dire situation is only saved by a passer-by who donates one of her child’s pampers. Takudzwa is an orphan and a single mother whose child was sired by a teenage street urchin from the same hood.

This is a typical example of the life being led by people in Sakubva, a life which Lucy Nkomo whose visits across the world inspired her and her members to breathe new life to a community that has been suffering in abject poverty, poor living conditions to name but a few.

Rebuild Sakubva’s(RESA) mission to alleviate and restore dignity through community based initiatives in order to rebuild Sakubva.

The organisation which is headed by Executive Director Lucy Nkomo conducts its humanitarian business in a small office at Sakubva Community Library and survives on the grace of philathropists of like minds.

“I was born in Sakubva and attended my primary and secondary education at Sakubva primary and Sakubva 1 high respectively and then later went to stay abroad after finishing my tertiary studies in Harare. Each time I would come back from oversees I would bemoan the deteriorating living standards in Sakubva,” Nkomo narrated.

She added that through her organisation they desire to change the mindset of citizens within Sakubva and devise ways of not exposing children to all sorts of ‘pornography’ and poverty.

“Cases of child abuse, pornography, early marriages, rape among other social vices are rife in Sakubva. The root cause of all this is poverty. We want to embark on income generating projects that would augment people’s salaries. Over and above everything our desire is to work with schools so as to keep our children in schools,” she added.

Headmistress Eugenia Mudede of Chisamba Primary School (left) being handed over donation of chairs by Lucy Nkomo while pupils look on.

RESA believes through distributing school stationary and furniture they will be able to keep children in schools so as to avoid child marriages.

apart from that , Nkomo said she had conspired with some of her friends in the Diaspora were set to renovate Sakubva Beithall as well as building individual toilets in areas that still have community toilets.

ABCD at work.Giving our community a face lift

On the 6th of November Rebuild Sakubva donated books worth over $33 000 to all the 10 schools and 2 institutions in Sakubva.This was in  a way promoting the reading culture in Sakubva.The story was then publicised in two publications and the full story can be read on the following link http://newsofthesouth.com/sakubva-beit-hall-to-get-new-facelift/.

The occassion was officiated by the District Education officer Mr Machini who expressed the need for school to put the books to good use.Other invited guests included members of the Mayor's chambers,school heads,community members,representatives from other organisations and school children.Each school received a minimum of 600 books.

More on this story can be read on Rebuild Sakubva Facebook page too

Help For Ngonidzashe-A child's story

Ngonidzashe is a 4 year old boy who is struggling witha face eating tumor.Ngoni lives with his mother and father in the high density of Sakubva. Ngoni's parents Hardlife and Noleen are both unemployed and have failed to raise the amount for Ngonis medication.

Ngoni's story was brought to Rebuild Sakubva's attention by one of its members Mr Antony Mukwena on the 24th of February 2015. This was after the mother had approached him for help after being sent home from the local clinic for non payment of hospital bills.


Rebuild Sakubva then visited the family and set up a Facebook page http://m.facebook.com/HelpNgonidzashe in order to raise awareness for his plight.His story was also published in the local newspaper, the Manica Post and can be accessed on http://www.manicapost.com/cancer-patient-appeals-for-assistance.While Ngoni is a bubbly younger fighter he is in pain and his family cannot afford to buy him the necessary medications or foods which he needs.The current living conditions for this boy exposes him to infection.

Rebuild Sakubva is working with its supporters both nationally and internationally to try an get as much support a possible and to raise money to get the boy treated.the good news is that Ngoni 's skin cancer is treatable but time is of the essense so that he gets medical help soon.Those who are willing to help can contact us on +263 7733376748 or talk to Ngonis mother on +263771461563.Those who wish to donate on Gofundme can do so on http://www.gofundme.com/ncripg .You can also find more information about Ngoni on http://www.ow.ly/JKcLp or http://www.ow.ly/JKesn. Those who wish to contact us on email can send an email on [email protected] or to [email protected] can also contact Ambrose Musiyiwa in UK on 07814368606.

Saint Josephs’ cemetery clean-up campaign

Date: 24 May 2014

Venue: St Joseph’s Cemetery

Time: 7:00am-2:00pm

Members present

L. Nkomo : Director

L.Chimonyo : Project Mobilising Officer

D.Kaitano : Assistant Office Admin

I.Macheka : Fund Raising Officer

Executive Summary

The Sakubva Saint Joseph’s cemetery is positioned southeast of the Rebuild Sakubva offices. Burials at the cemetery started in the early 50s till now. There are approximately 10 000 graves now. The ReSa St Joseph’s clean-up campaign began on the 10th of May 2014 and continued on the 24th of May. On the 10th 175 people attended and the 24th of May saw 305 people attending. People managed to do their best to slash the cemetery. A lot of ground was covered. The community members were the ones who initiated the continuation of the clean up on the 24th. The Director in her address to the people then chose the 24th of May in agreement with them as the official date. The cleanup was a voluntary program.

Objectives

Officer was expected to attend and participate in the cleanup campaign along with other ReSa officers.

  • To reduce the rate of crimes being committed in the cemetery.
  • Uphold dignity of the place
  • Improve cleanliness of the area.

Activities carried out

  • Clean up campaign
  • Registration of projects in connection to the DFID project commencing in November.
  • Taking photos of the cleanup
  • Food and refreshments distribution to the people

Issues raised

  • The community members in the first campaign suggested the continuation of the clean up campaign.
  • The need to provide correct information during project registration- emphasised by the Director.

Lessons learnt

  • Rouge elements of the society take advantage of overgrown grass to commit crimes.
  • Members of the society had a varied opinions about why ReSa were conducting the clean up.
  • It is important to ask people in attendance questions to articulate the reasons of their attendance.
  • The rehabilitation of public areas restores dignity of the place. Community involvement towards such campaigns improves ownership and community synergies.

Observations and Recommendations

The observations made were that most of the people who were present at the clean-up campaign have their relatives buried in the cemetery. Others had come because they had heard about the registration of projects. More clean up campaigns should be done so that the community recognise that it is their duty to take care of Sakubva .More stakeholders should be encouraged to participate in these clean up campaigns especially those operating in Sakubva.

Conclusion

The St Joseph’s clean-up campaign was a success as the community members and other major stakeholders including the police managed to come together for a good cause. The main aim was to beautify the place and also to reduce the prevalence rate of rape and robberies in the area.

2.Rebuild sakubva Community Involvement

 

The Kushinga drink making group

 

The Zimbabwean socio-economic situation has not let the Devonshire based women sitting and wallowing over their problems. They have taken up the newly crafted Zim-Asset idea of employment creation and economic empowerment by engaging in a drink making project. The group has ten members who all engage in various duties from drink making to selling as their skills permits.

The Kushinga drink making group lead by Mrs Bakasa is based in Sakubva, Devonshire in Mutare. The women have embraced the economic empowerment programme which the government and Rebuild Sakubva are embarking on to try and alleviate extreme poverty (Zim Asset,2013-2018). The ReSa team attended one of their drink making session and it was interesting to note that the ladies showed passion about having an ongoing business in their lives. Their wish is to expand in their drink making project.

Advantages of having this project

Expansion to them would mean that they would not only be paying for rentals, but to comfortably sustain their lives, thus sending their children to school and afford to buy food. The project comes at a time conducive for it to thrive. The food market is thriving. It being a food market product and costs only USD 2.00, this amount is suitable to the people’s disposable incomes ahead of the country’s economic challenges. Success toward this project is certain.

Challenges and Opportunities

The ladies require a more decent area of operating, rather than at their homesteads. The drinks have no labels, therefore difficult to market. The main container they use requires a strainer on top to block minute unwanted components. The ladies require adequate protective and hygienic clothing, like aprons and hats rather than their own casual clothes. Rebuild Sakubva will keep supporting them in order that they can grow their business and create sustainable employment. ReSa also welcomes any companies and organisations willing to partner with these women for growth and development.

 

 

 

 

3.Refurbishment of the Sakubva Community Library

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Mutare — A local community organisation, Rebuild Sakubva, (Resa) wants to revive the reading culture in Mutare where delinquency among youths and schoolchildren has sharply increased over the years.

BY FARAI MATEBVU

Resa, an initiative by some Sakubva residents, recently donated books worth US$15 000 to Mutare City Council for the benefit of those living in the town’s oldest suburb.

Executive director of Resa Lucia Mbofana-Nkomo told hundreds of Sakubva residents at the handover ceremony that crime among young people in the suburb was high, calling for urgent measures to address the problem.

“Our main objective is to curb youth delinquency which has eroded our culture. Children have lost hope and as a result they have lost direction,” she said.

“We want a society that is driven by capital and social trust. Our reasoning is that we must protect our children, youths and our elders in the face of changes in society.”

Mbofana-Nkomo said her organisation also aimed to provide sanitation, clean water and was refurbishing old and dilapidated buildings.

“We are determined to transform old buildings into modern infrastructure because our belief is that integrity is a component our cultural lifestyle,” she said.

Mutare Mayor, Tatenda Nhemarare bemoaned infrastructural decay in the city’s oldest suburb.

“We are worried by the continued deterioration of educational, entertainment and ICT infrastructural in Sakubva and other places in Mutare,” he said. “As council we appreciate local initiatives to complement our efforts to realign the status of old locations into modern ones.”

Nhemarare said council would support projects meant to improve educational facilities and the way people lived.

He implored the corporate world to assist with ideas, finance and material resources to improve people’s lives, especially in old locations.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Education Inspector George Chidhakwa, provincial education director Andrew Chigumira challenged parents and other stakeholders to rise to the occasion to ensure that children derive essence from education.

“Promoting a reading culture for sustainable educational development is quite befitting for development of any society,” said Chigumira.

“Education for sustainable development allows every human being to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a positive future. Parents must rise up to instill educational essence in their children to reduce crimes in our communities.”

Former Mutare Mayor Alderman Lawrence Mudehwe was worried about low levels of development and delinquency among youths.

“Everyone here must take part to improve the social services for the people in Sakubva and the surrounding areas. We must urgently engage the corporate world to finance these programmes without delay,” he said.

The Church of Christ in Sakubva also donated 1 000 books while Self Help Development Foundation (SHDF) provided 100 constitutional documents with Old Mutual donating 19 computers to the Sakubva library.

Sakubva, established in 1925, is considered Mutare’s poorest suburb. Its economy is centred on a long distance bus terminus and large outdoor food and flea market called Sakubva Market, also referred to as “Musika Wehuku” (chicken market). The suburb has an estimated population of up to 65 000 people.


4.Organisations that partner with us

WWR....(When Widows Rise.....)

An organisation for Widows that was started in 2007.It has members across Zimbabwe and has a current membership of 2800 members country wide.Some of their country offices are in Mutare,Chitungwiza,Guruve,Bindura and Harare.Their staff is 85% widows and its activities include lifeskills traininging for widows,access to medication,access to ART,counselling,school fees asistance to widows children.They can be contacted at [email protected].

"ReSa has brought relief and hope to most of our members in Mutare who were living under dire poverty and misery.Partnering with ReSa is a plus for us as we will be strongly related to such a wonderful project"..Director of WWR...

Yes We Can (YWC)

A youth centred organisation in the rural area of Zimbabwe in Guruve.Yes We Can (YWC) thrives to make sporting dreams of the poverished and underpreviledged youths in the rural areas to light.They give them a future and a chance to do what they like and enjoy in the sporting arena.Its activities include carrying out sporting camps for youh in Guruve,HIV and AIDS information sharing with the youths,talent identification in soccer,netball,cricket and athletics,organising tournaments and compatitions for youth games.

"being a partner with ReSa is a chance for growth and best practice sharing which we really cherish.This is the beginning of a god relationship".Director Yes We Can.

Eilla Production (EP)

A gospel music outfit that travels around the country showcasing their talent is choral music.They take after the likes of Joyous Celebration and Soweto Gospel music.thisis a relatively new outfit that has taken the gospel music industry by storm and will continue to thrive.

"We are honored and we praise God for ReSa.One day we will be able to hold a concert in their honor and help fundraise for their noble endeavour" Mr Aliie Muzezi.Diretor and Founder of Eilla Productions.They canbe found at http://www.eillaproductions.org/. 

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