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Envisaged activities at the Community Centre

A focal point for community activities like adult literacy campaigns, dramatisation of issues of concern to the villagers, music, dance, children's sessions. Such activities give villagers self confidence and contribute towards the process of empowerment, transforming passive individuals into active participants. Showing relevant films for children. Some have never come across even a television set. We will have a satellite dish and adults can watch news from around the world to widen their scope. We will install a projector so that the theatre accommodates about 50 or so people at a time.

We shall identify local reading needs and source these for the library. We shall keep a collection of a variety of books, including reference books like dictionaries, DVDs. Apart from ordinary entertainment, we shall seek relevant reading materials and DVDs on activities such as gardening, carpentry, poultry, metalwork, livestock maintenance, herbs.

This community library is set to be centrally located to cater for at least 7 primary schools as follows: Kafusi, Zelezele, Makokwe, Takaliyawa, Molambapeli, Sihwaba,Cobeni (where Albert Nyathi did his early primary education in the early 70s). The library will cover mainly 2 secondary schools, Kafusi and Halisupi.

Villagers live in the same locality, share the same local resources, opportunities and challenges, frustrations, desires, dreams, hopes - have related interests. In some way they are affected collectively, emotionally, economically, socially and politically. In a way, they aspire to resolve these challenges together as a group. That is why it is normally considered a taboo if one villager consistantly fails to attend funerals and other social gatherings
Again, we shall source and use solar driven energy as opposed to diesel generated electricity and conventional electricity, which in any case, we do not have access to. We want to contribute towards preserving our environment and saving our climate (planet).

Immediate Needs

1. More pipes, sprinklers, drip system (mini irrigation)
2. Fencing
3. Engine
4. Green House

Long Term Needs

A community centre with an IT Section with about 5 computers, a library and a small auditorium (theatre)

In building the centre, the villagers will participate through the moulding of bricks, collecting sand from the local river Pikinini etc. We will use mainly locally available resources.

Food Aid

At the moment the villagers continue to receive food aid from international donors like World Vision, Care International, Oxfam etc and assistance from Government.

 

Effects of HIV and AIDS


In African tradition, it is a taboo not to look after the children of the deceased. Equally, people in the village do not like the idea of creating children’s homes as they tend to isolate and “institutionalize” children. People believe that children need to grow under a normal home environment, hence the concept of UkuzalaKunye. As a result, in some homesteads, some relatives, friends and neighbours of the deceased parents have had to “share” their children, feed and educate them. It is this situation that led to the founding of the organization UkuzalaKunye. The organization was established on 15 November, 2007.

 
 
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