A UK registered charity, Mopane Foundation, which supports disadvantaged children in rural communities in Zimbabwe is seeking to raise about $5000 to host a two week educational camp for its beneficiaries.
Code named, “Operation Nurturing Career Choices for the Disadvantage Young Person” the camp will run from August 13 to 2, 2018 in Bulawayo.
Thirty five disadvantaged children from Nkayi, Tsholotsho, Shurugwi, Kezi and Matobo will be in attendance.
The training camp is meant to expose the beneficiaries to city life as well as equip them with life skills and information.
“This is promising to be the most educational fun-packed trip ever bearing in mind that most of all these kids have never been to the city. There will be some career exploration trips in Bulawayo industries and Bulawayo City is giving them access to industries such Water Treatment centre, Fire Service, Ingwebu Breweries, Umguza Farm etc,” said Nomsa Neke, one of the organisers.
“Some activities planned include competitions, confidence building sessions, cultural exchange programmes and many more.”
Two ambassadors of the organisation based in the United Kingdom are also expected to attend the camp to offer life coaching lessons to the beneficiaries.
“Two exemplary 16-year olds, Zima Dlodlo from Edingburgh in Scotland and Nadine Nkala from England in the UK have taken it upon themselves to travel and spend time mentoring as well as swapping life stories with the lot,” Neke noted.
She added: “You have It in You Foundation has some activities in store for the kids. Zimbabwe Science Fair, also all the way from Harare, is promising a day of science fireworks. Albert Nyathi the people’s poet has always had a big heart for charity and is offering his services. ROOTS Africa Institute has pledged some cutting-edge tech for these – in collaboration the 2 organisations are working on to ensure this come to fruition”.
Last year, the organisation successfully raised funds for two of its beneficiaries from Nkayi district to attend a junior science expo competition in South Africa.