By Faith Katete
Simukaupenye Intergrated Youth Academy (SIYA) will be a game-changer in empowering young people through a number of initiatives in curbing harmful practices such as drug abuse, violence and early child marriages.
The positive development is inline with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which seeks to ensure a sustainable future for the young people.
Wellington Bakaimani Shamva based and SIYA Executive Director took upon himself to amplify the goal to empower fellow Pro active youths in a number of initiatives.
Speaking to Spotlight Online News Africa Bakaimani reiterated on a number of initiatives which are implemented to promote degree of independence among young people.
“We use sport and arts as tools to reach out and educate the youths, we also established Intergrated Youths Clubs in schools and schools and communities to ensure sustainability,our interventions as youths will have a sense of program ownership and they will be empowered to start own initiatives,” he said.
Over the recent times, SIYA has struck positive strides in reaching out to youth groups , clubs and schools implementing a number of projects. Some were held on the need to rescue the vulnerable youths in different communities.
“We started banking clothes and sanitary pads last year and have since assisted 80 girls from our rural community , said Wellington Bakaimani.
Perturbed by the plight of a girl child in rural
Communities, Siya embarked on a programme to assist the needy. A remarkable outreach was done at Wadzanai High School in what Bakaimani termed “A Decade of Action to End Poverty,Child Marriages and Drugs Abuse”.
Philanthropic works has earned SIYA to donate essentials to child headed families in Ward 13 Bushu village in the quest to restore the dignity of girl child.
“Through this initiative, we have managed to gather 400kilograms of clothes and 100 packs of sanitary pads.