This project came out of a realization that if the rural home area was to ever to witness any meaningful development, they had to be part of that vision and practically spearhead the vision.
“So we mobilized everyone who lives in the UK who comes from Ngwana area in rural Plumtree and formed chapters in South Africa and Zimbabwe who all come together and hold various fundraising initiates and also contribute not just money but books, computers and sporting equipment, as well as varying training programs on various members of our community”.
Their biggest challenge has been to sell the vision to other members before they joined the trust. Most members thought of it as a very unrealistic idea that is not achievable and some could not understand why we wanted to do what, in their view it is the government of the day’s job. Fortunately lobbying and advocacy are of some the members’ key strength.
Lucky says: “For every challenge there has been an opportunity as where we do not succeed we do not just give up but try and work out why and how we have failed and then work at redressing issues”.
Our projects in Zimbabwe has these programs: Health Centre – clinic and health education programs; school and education – various resources for the local primary school; water – dam, boreholes and water harvest tanks; youth and women’s programs; leaders together -political, traditional and religious leaders platform to share ideas and a arts culture heritage – a local annual festival whose aims are to mobilize the local community and fundraise.
In the UK he works in the criminal justice system and in immigration removal centres as well as schools, arts canters and communities. For the past two years we have been running the BuKalanga Gathering whose aim amongst others is to encourage UK based Zimbabweans to play meaningful roles in schools and communities who made them who they are today. He also works with a song and dance group U Zambezi arts that has helped so many local initiatives that help project in Zimbabwe.
He says that UK based Zimbabweans could indeed play some meaningful role in hospitals and educational institutions as both charities and viable business ventures. “Let’s work towards that change we would like to see in our communities both here and back in Zimbabwe. Sitting and complaining about everything and everyone does not change anything”.
“Our trust has helped build a classroom block, repaired the spillage way at our local dam, bought a 5000 litre tank and installed it. We have also donated computers, books, sporting equipment and books and even arranged a trip to the UK for some of the young people from Ngwana Primary school and we are currently building our clinic/health centre which we hope will be finished in the next two years.
“We are happy to share our journey and experiences with any groups wishing to do the same both here in the UK and in Zimbabwe”.