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Children & Young People · 01:25


  • By HUMPHREY  SAMBO · Zimbabwe, SSA



Main aim of the charity

The charity aims to assist less privileged children and orphans to access basic education. The charity also assists whereas the social welfare of such children is concerned.

How the employee got involved and why

Many at times we often look at ourselves and think that we do not have enough. Truth be told is that there are people out there who are failing to make ends meet not because they want to but because they do not have an option. Zimbabwe was hardly hit by cyclone floods in 2019 and is also characterized by over 86% unemployment. As if this is not enough, there is high prevalence of HIV/AIDS which has left thousands of children as orphans and destitute. Most of these children have become part of extended families were they receive little or no attention at all with regards to their welfare and education. This touched my heart to notice that over 100 children in Chitungwiza needed some assistance to attain basic education to better their lives and unlock their potential. I felt something leaping and pushing me from within to help these children. I felt that I could go teach and go help in the community that is mother to us all.

What work does the employee do for charity?

At my charity, I am actively involved in conducting motivational talks with the children so as to inspire them to see beyond their immediate situation. The primary basis of such motivational talks is to renew their mind and show them that even the greatest people who are admired world over once suffered the same fate in life that is growing up under difficult circumstances. I also conduct debates and poetry slams with the children to sharpen their communication skills and build exposure which is really hard to gain in such a place. I have also pioneered clean up campaigns onsite and go-green initiatives to plant trees. With the help of a few friends and workmates, we have also managed to donate clothing, toiletries and some money to assist the children although this is not enough to cover all the children. I also spend time with the children and play games with them , such bonding has a healing effect on them and gives them hope for a brighter day and a brighter tomorrow.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

Hennie Heymans our beloved CEO for DHL Express SSA upon his visit to DHL Zimbabwe in 2019 said "family takes care of family." Winning for my charitable cause will have a tremendous change for over 100 children who are disadvantaged and underprivileged. The orphans are finding it hard to access basic education. Construction works to increase the number of classrooms can be completed to allow the children to learn in a better environment , furniture can also be purchased so that the children can learn in comfort as currently some of them have to sit on the floor whilst some of them share desks and chairs. The existing infrastructure can also be upgraded. Some of the children have lost parents to pandemics like HIV/AIDS, they have become part of extended families therefore time and again fail to have writing books, text books and even pens whilst some come to school in tattered uniforms. These can however be financed if I win for my charitable cause and will go a long way to put a big smile on the faces of the children who are part of our family as a community, anything that befalls them is also our concern. There is land that is unused which can be cultivated to grow cash crops to generate capital for daily expenses. Those of us that have been privileged to receive education, resources and even influential positons must definitely be role models for the next generation of leadership. I believe that these children are our goodwill ambassadors who will voice the power of the big yellow machine for a lifetime.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

One man said, "We did not inherit the world from our ancestors but we borrowed it from our children." Winning would be a dream come true for me to make the world a better place through giving back to the community that raised me by preparing the young ones for tomorrow. These children are so connected to me like the Sammie's twins who were connected by brain. Their happiness will also be my happiness.

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