Nyabadza ap­pre­ci­ates lo­cal sup­port for his ef­forts in Zim­babwe

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - SUB­MIT­TED BY COLLIN NYABADZA

Through your paper I would like to ap­plaud the vol­un­teer and giv­ing spirit em­bed­ded in our lovely com­mu­nity of Swift Cur­rent.

I run a chil­dren’s foun­da­tion in Zim­babwe, the Collin Nyabadza Chil­dren’s Voice Char­i­ta­ble Trust (CNCVCT). The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s main thrust is to help en­hance the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in some of the country’s most dis­ad­van­taged ru­ral schools. We achieve this by help­ing them with proper re­sources such as class­room fur­ni­ture, class­rooms, wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties, sports equip­ment, books, science/com­puter lab­o­ra­to­ries, etc.

We rely mostly on the benev­o­lence of good willed peo­ple and other fund­ing bod­ies dot­ted around the globe.

This ar­ti­cle serves to high­light the im­pact made by the giv­ing spirit of our Swift Cur­rent com­mu­nity. About two years ago I re­ceived a cheque for $1,000 from one res­i­dent of our com­mu­nity, Darlene Dyck and her fam­ily, for us to carry out a project in Zim­babwe. I wish to point out that prior to that ges­ture she and her fam­ily had al­ready sup­ported us with over $3,000, which we used to pur­chase class­room fur­ni­ture at needy schools. The projects had been very suc­cess­ful.

Be­fore I sent the cheque to my team in Zim­babwe, I touched base with one Ro­tar­ian in Kam­loops West Ro­tary Club who ad­vised me to hold on to it for a mo­ment while she talked to her Ro­tary to see if they could start what is known as a Global Grant Match­ing Project, in Ro­tary terms. This is a project where we would can­vass for more funds from other Ro­tary Clubs, in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions to add on to the ini­tial $1,000. The Govern­ment of Canada to­gether with the Ro­tary Foun­da­tion in Chicago would then match ev­ery dol­lar raised. She then came back to me with some good news that her Ro­tary had agreed to come on board. My or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Kam­loops Ro­tary in B.C. and the Bu­l­awayo South Ro­tary in Zim­babwe then em­barked on the project. Such projects al­ways re­quire the in­volve­ment of a lo­cal Ro­tary Club in the country where the project is to be im­ple­mented.

At the end of the day a to­tal amount of $130,000 was raised for the project. It was then sent to the Bu­l­awayo South Ro­tary who worked in part­ner­ship with the CNCVCT to iden­tify schools to ben­e­fit from the class­room fur­ni­ture and text­books.

All in all a to­tal of 30 pri­mary and high schools were cho­sen to re­ceive the equip­ment. The Zim­bab­wean school cur­ricu­lum is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a ma­jor re­vamp. The in­tro­duc­tion of this new cur­ricu­lum has there­fore ne­ces­si­tated the need for new text­books. This project there­fore could not have come at a bet­ter time. Text­books are very ex­pen­sive in Zim­babwe es­pe­cially the ones for Science sub­jects.

While the ma­jor­ity of the funds are be­ing used to pur­chase class­room fur­ni­ture, a smaller part is be­ing used to pur­chase Science sub­jects text­books with a tiny amount be­ing used for a Science Tech­nol­ogy Math­e­mat­ics Engi­neer­ing (STEM) work­shop aimed at equip­ping the teach­ers with new skills in line with the in­tro­duc­tion of new cur­ricu­lum. The work­shop has since been held and a week ago the ben­e­fi­ciary schools re­ceived their new class­room fur­ni­ture while the books will fol­low shortly.

It might have taken close to two years to fi­nally im­ple­ment the project, as there is a lot of paper work in­volved; how­ever it was worth the wait.

Through your paper I wish to ex­press my pro­found thanks to the Dyck fam­ily for their giv­ing spirit. It’s true when they say, “A sin­gle act of kind­ness throws out roots in all di­rec­tions and the roots spring up and make new trees”. This is so true of this project. Ini­tially, the idea was to as­sist one school but rather we have in fact given help and hope to thou­sands more chil­dren through one sin­gle do­na­tion

Last but not least, I urge the en­tire Swift Cur­rent com­mu­nity to keep up the con­cept of giv­ing, to­gether with that of vol­un­teer­ing. This is the Change The­ory which we in­tend to ef­fect in Zim­bab­wean com­mu­ni­ties through my or­ga­ni­za­tion as we wish to move away from the no­tion that peo­ple should only work for mone­tary gains or that they should give or help only those whom they know.

For more about our work we may be vis­ited at, https://www.chil­drensvoicez­im­babwe.org

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