New Zimbabwe.com

Creative youths turning garbage into artwork

IN a unique expression of talent and care for the environment, a youth organisation has embarked on a waste recycling program that will see it reprocess material from dumpsites into artwork.
Termed “The Art of Humanity Project,” the recycling project will see the youths visit dumpsites that are dotted around the country’s residential areas and voluntarily clear them while in the process gathering some useful material that can be transformed into art pieces.
Reysh Alef is an organisation made up of three youthful individuals, Nyasha Manyeruke, Sasha Kalawangoma and Ropafadzo Zimunya.
In an interview, Zimunya said the increase in dumpsites was a health hazard and it was about time they embraced viable waste management solutions.
“If we look at the current state of our high density suburbs, town centres and institutions, waste management particularly in solid waste has become a pandemic problem and we help communities through offering waste collection services for free clearing dumpsites and ensuring clean environment,” he said.
The project which is a product of ACT ANZISHA (Build a Business Today) held at Udugu Institute this year has seen the youths gather a network of artists who have made artistic pieces which today stand in some of the country’s hotels.
The organisation is also engaged in other social responsibility activities that include teaching pupils in schools how to create wealth from art as well as recycling waste materials into science kits for underprivileged students within the communities.
“We work with schools on an entrepreneurship programme were we teach students how to create wealth out of art, especially from waste art,” said Zimunya.Advertisement