By Staff Reporter
Vana Vedu Trust, a community based organisation in Chitungwiza is dedicated to continue assisting disadvantaged learners and ensuring the empowerment of young people from low esteemed background.
The organisation has been also extending its kind support towards the elderly, and this has been making a great impact in the surrounding communities of Chitungwiza.
Speaking to journalists during a media tour organised by Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) early this week, Chipo Mahamba Vana Vedu Trust Executive Director, narrated how her organisation is transforming livelihoods in her community.
“We started this organisation in 2019 after realising that most children are failing to attend schools as a result of poverty. Up to date we have managed to provide financial assistance to many school children, youth and the elderly,” she said.
Mrs Mahamba has been getting financial and technical support from her husband, Progressive Mahamba. In her own capacity, she committee herself in baking of cakes, scones and cartering where she channel all the profits to the charity works of the organisation.”
This news crew interacted with some of the beneficiaries of Vana Vedu Trust who expressed positive sentiments from the good works done by Mrs Mahamba in their lives.
Mitchel Nyani a 19 year old youth said that Vana Vedu Trust transformed his life from being a mere artisinal miner(chikorokoza lifestyle) and harmful practices in Chiweshe to become a good carpenter. He attended carpentry courses and is now looking forward to excel in the same filed.
“I would like to thank Vana Vedu Trust. I was living in the conditions of Chikorokoza lifestyle in Chiweshe. They took me away from those Chikorokoza harmful practices and I attended the carpentry courses. Today I am now someone who is looking forward to become an independent carpenter.”
Junior Member of Parliament for Harare Metropolitan Province Honarable Wesley Dhliwayo cherished the good works being done by Vana Vedu Trust saying it going a long way in ensuring empowerment through a reduction in harmful practices among youths.
“I would like to commend the good works being done by Vana Vedu Trust. They are doing great efforts in engaging drug abusers by assisting them in their areas of need. They continue to value children and youths. Without the youths and children we are going nowhere.”
According to Memory Kanyati Zimbabwe Youth Council (ZYC) Provincial Manager for Harare said the government is ready to work with the organisations such as Vana Vedu Trust who are complementing government efforts in bringing transformation to young people.
“The government is willing to work with organisations such as Vana Vedu Trust who are trying thier best in coming up with a drive to accelerate youth empowerment in thier area of work. This is actually complementing government’s programme.”.
Vana Vedu Trust has been working with a budget of at least US 15 000 annually to carter for all the charity works. Lack of finances has been limiting some of their programmes and most of these are currently self funded.
The organisation has been making efforts to get a Private Voluntary bases Organisation(PVO) registration and this has been limiting their ability to get external funding.