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Comunity champions take fight against drug and substance abuse to Harare’s Warren Park

Story by ZBC Reporter

WARREN Park Community Champions hosted the Educate the Boy and Girl Child Seminar last Friday in the high-density surburb, in partnership with the Warren Park Social Services office.

The campaign was aimed at educating young learners about drug and substance abuse, reproductive health and also included donations of sanitary pads to girls and women in the community.

Stakeholders who attended the event included the local legislator, Honourable Hamauswa, Councillor Mr T Machirori, Junior Parliament Chief Services Officer, officials from the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Art and Recreation, Mubatirapamwe, Southern African Alcohol Policy (SAAPA), Zim College of Health, Educate Her, Shoulder of Hope, Wadzanayi Trust and Wapakuda among others.

Speaking to ZBC News, the community champions directors Emmanuel Motsi and Rumbidzai Chakanza said their aim is to uplift their community and they are going to continue fostering collaborations with community members through various initiatives that uplift the community leaving no one behind.

“Such initiatives include programmes for the elderly too,” Chakanza explained.

They added that volunteering towards community development will enable sustainable development of communities.

Sister-in-Charge at a local clinic, Mrs Mutasa, made an engaging presentation on reproductive health.

“Why do you use a pencil when you are still an infant and a pen when you get to third grade? It’s because when you are still young, there is room for mistakes and you try again, you fall and dust yourself off, but as you get older, you can’t erase mistakes. So take care of your bodies and don’t indulge in sexual activities as the results will destroy your life through early marriages and diseases you may acquire,” she admonished the youths.

The Junior Parliament Chief Services Officer advised the youths to shun drug abuse for more beneficial activities, such as entrepreneurship and sport to develop themselves.

Tungamirai Zimhondi from SAAPA emphasised the need for more stringent laws and policies that protect children from being exposed to too much publicity of and exposure to alcohol.

“Other developed countries like the UAE even have a policy of purchasing alcohol with a licence only. Our corporates should have the youths at heart and strategise on ensuring their businesses do not harm the community,” he said.

Mr Magorimbo and Mai Vale who coach football and netball respectively also encouraged the youths to join sport and spend their time on healthy activities that help them to stay away from the streets. In similar fashion, Mubatirapamwe outreach team gave an in-depth analysis of how one gets to be challenged in drug and alcohol use and how they can seek help or rehabilitation.

The seminar allowed for inclusivity in the fight against drug and substance abuse as well as other social vices and enabled people living with disabilities to also attend and network as well as benefit from the donations that were made.

As the world is calling for sustainable practices in all spheres of life, Rumbidzai Chakanza through her foundation Educate Her, donated 1 000 reusable sanitary pads for 100 girls. Mothers who were in attendance also benefited from the sanitary donated and those in garment making took samples to learn and also manufacture the pads in their homes.

Wadzanayi Trust also came through to support with disposable sanitary pads, as they advocate for no girl child to skip classes because of failure to afford sanitary. They brought female artists to also perform their drug abuse-themed songs which saw the crowd learn and sing along easily.

“I love this community, that’s where I was born and bred and for me charity begins at home, hence the donations and initiatives to educate and save our young brothers and sisters,” said Chikanza, who is also a broadcast journalist.

Reggae artist Mannex gave a sterling performance with his song “Stop It”. Mannex started participating in uplifting the youths of Warren Park many years ago by promoting and supporting arts and culture. He also mobilised resources for basketball courts to be refurbished.

Free exhibitions were held to support local products, with the Social Services Department saying their doors are open to train the community on baking, sewing and polish-making, among others.

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