Nyabadza appreciates local support for his efforts in Zimbabwe
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