“Human Race”


One of the greatest motivational speakers of our generation Rabison Shumba inspired me in one of the encounters I had with him last year, when he told me that his latest public “SHOWERS OF INSPIRATION ” Was a result of penning down a poem everyday and jotting down at least 100 words every morning and evening. Now I have taken it upon myself to read at least one poem from this publication for I believe LEADERS ARE READERS.
Today as I was reading this poem entitled “The Human Race” I was motivated to write this piece and share with you that despite, our race, gender, color, ethnicity, creed and tribes we are one “Human race”. And by this we all ought to be united and fight for one cause HUMANITY, for we human before any classification and our focus should be only on this common denominator.
In today’s world we are faced with a myriad of challenges ranging from climate change, human trafficking, child and human rights violations, human displacements because of wars among others . All these they need us to be a united human race feel for each other, for those in countries with peace let’s open our boarders and homes to those from areas of war, where there’s drought let’s provide food when we can, education access to those without it and have the right to it, promotion of human rights and freedoms and international friendship and mutual understandings among many other things . We have to do this without discrimination on gender, race, religion, political affiliations, financial status and backgrounds. For we are one “Human race”.
One interesting example I came across is that of an anthropologist who proposed a game to some kids of an African tribe, he put a basket full of fruit near a tree and instructed the kids that whoever got first win the fruit. When he told them to run they all took each other’s hand and ran together then sat together and enjoy the sweet fruit. When asked why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said UBUNTU how can one of us be happy if all the others are sad!

That’s the spirit!! How can some of us enjoy riches when some are in abject poverty, in countries torn in wars, when children are dying in oceans and seas?

Let’s focus on the common denominator we are one “HUMAN RACE”.

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MY LIFE……..

https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2014/08/10/defying-odds-shrugging-adversity

 

HARARE – While they are young, confident, smart and full of life their situation today remotely reflects the challenges they had to endure growing up.

Talking to Samantha Mandiriri, 24, from Seke, in Chitungwiza, and June Munyongani, 22, from Mucheke in Masvingo, you would never imagine the two are both graduates of child-headed families who never had the chance to enjoy parental love and support.

“We never had it easy growing up but we believe one’s past must never determine their future. While other kids had the luxury of taking their daily requirements and challenges to their parents, we had to quickly adjust into child-parents with the demanding responsibilities of taking care of our younger siblings. Truth be told, being head of the family at such an age is the worst nightmare one can ever endure. Life is still a challenge but we have faith now.”

The two recently returned from a 10-month Youth Exchange Programme in Norway and they speak of an experience that has helped shape their future in spite of the many challenges they faced growing up.

Their difficult past has somehow influenced their intrinsic desire to change their fortunes and that of their siblings. “We are inspired and we now have hope for the future. What we have experienced has taught us that one must never sit and wait for life to happen but rather make life happen, defining one’s future.”

June lost his father at  three and his mother at 13 while Samantha lost her father at 10 and mother at 11. With the passing on of their parents, life changed.

“I lost my father when I was 3 and unfortunately my mother also passed on when I was 13. While my father’s death was a big blow, it was my mother’s demise that really changed life for me. I was very young and already suffering from social exclusion having grown up with no father to talk of. All of a sudden, I was alone with my young sister who is now 19 and doing her Advanced level in Masvingo,” said June.

With no one to look up to, June had to deal with a lot of responsibilities. At that tender age, his peers were more worried about their studies and how to look trendy and have fun while he had to worry about the meal for day and where to get money for school fees and other necessities. “Growing up in a child headed family alone is not an easy thing but it’s even worse when you are the head of that set up. The future suddenly looked bleak. I sat down to reflect on what was to become of us. It was at that moment that we were then admitted into the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Programme support. We would get monthly food rations, educational as well as psychosocial support.”

June reckons the greater part of his educational needs and related costs were taken care of by the Red Cross.

“The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society became my father and mother and the help we received would help carry us through each passing day.

Their support was complete in that we would also get counselling and go on Psychosocial Support gatherings in Chimanimani with fellows OVCs from around Zimbabwe. That alone helped me realise that I was not alone in that situation and the experience sharing would lessen the burden and help provide solutions to every situation.”

For Samantha, it was even worse since she is a girl child. “Our father left us when we were 10, and a year later, mum also passed on. Being the eldest in the family with a young sister and brother, I automatically became the head of the family. A lot was going on at that stage, I was growing and a lot of changes were taking place but I had no one to talk to. That, coupled with the burden of looking after my siblings, made life a real mess. I would actually dread the dawn of another day,” She said.

“Everything at home became my responsibility from the bills, food, medication for a sick sibling or whatever needed attention. Being a girl, I was also suffering from social pressures. When I was 15, some even suggested that I get married so that I could take care of my siblings. I became very popular in the neighbourhood because I would go to every household looking for menial jobs like housecleaning, washing, ironing or even working in the urban fields.”

Samantha shares experiences when she would be asked for sexual favours in exchange for power and water supply in the house.

“We would fail to pay for power and water and oftentimes when people came to cut supplies into our house they would always try to talk me into sex in exchange for uninterrupted power or water supplies but I am glad I had the fighting spirit and never allowed myself to be abused. It was not easy being young but I am glad God saw me through it.

“Like June, I also became a beneficiary of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programme support in Chitungwiza and we would get the monthly food rations as well educational support. However, the rations would not come at times and it was during such periods that life really became tough. We just had to make do with what was available and of course the piece jobs. This difficult past made me realise that one has to soldier on regardless of challenges.

“Under the Red Cross structures, we had Support Groups for Orphans and I was the OVC Chairperson for Chitungwiza and I would mobilise my peers to meet every Saturday under a tree and share our experiences and motivate each other to fight through our challenges and experiences. The sharing of experiences helped in that we would realise that the problems were not peculiar to us but there were some who were actually worse off.”

Because of their involvement in Red Cross Youth work and volunteering for humanity, Samantha and June were chosen to be part of the volunteer Youth Exchange programme between Zimbabwe Red Cross Society and Norwegian Red Cross.

From August in 2013 to June 2014, the two were in Arkeshus in Norway where their work involved strengthening the capacity of local youth groups, increasing the visibility of Red Cross Youth work, Recruitment and retention of youth volunteers as well as humanitarian advocacy. The Norwegian Red Cross also seconded two youths to Zimbabwe who were also carrying out the same activities.

“Norway was an enriching experience and for people who endured a lot of challenges growing up, we had an opportunity to appreciate that challenges are not a reserve for this part of the world. Humanitarian challenges are a global phenomenon but it calls for committed people who can sacrifice their time and resources to empower the less privileged. We also had an opportunity to make contacts and important networks which we believe will help shape our future.

Samantha is her final year studying for an Accounting degree at Chinhoyi University while June is studying for a Human Resources Degree at Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo. Samantha’s young sister is also studying at Monash University in South Africa under the Presidential Scholarship while the young brother is still pursuing basic education. June’s young sister is also studying for her Advanced levels in Masvingo.

The two encouraged youths in similar circumstances to remain focused and shape their future through hard work and sheer determination.

ARTICLE CREDIT TO- TAKEMORE MAZURUSE OWN CORRESPONDENT DAILY NEWS/ ZRCS COMMUNICATIONSIMG_4549

‘Champion of Hope’

http://www.thestandard.co.zw/2016/01/04/red-cross-orphan-support-changes-lives/

 

An old adage has it that give a person a fish and you feed them for a day, teach them how to fish and you empower them for life. This aptly sums up how the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) humanitarian programmes are impacting lives across Zimbabwe.

By Our Correspondent

One of the organisation’s key programmes, the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) support to date boasts of major successes with some of its beneficiaries having risen to become respected members of the community.

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ZRCS secretary-general Maxwell Phiri reckons that humanitarian programming should go beyond emergency interventions, but also look at the developmental aspects of the communities they serve.

“Zimbabwe Red Cross Society provides a holistic approach to the diverse humanitarian needs of disadvantaged communities through its integrated humanitarian programming,” said Phiri.

“Beyond the emergency interventions during disasters and droughts, the organisation also aims at developing community-based solutions to everyday challenges so that our beneficiaries are able to respond to humanitarian challenges as they arise.”

ZRCS youth and organisational development officer, Ernest Maruza said the society was playing a big part in alleviating human suffering at the same time developing disadvantaged children across Zimbabwe.

“Zimbabwe Red Cross Society champions integrated humanitarian programming which covers disaster preparedness and management, food security and livelihoods, water and sanitation, health and social services, restoration of family links, first aid and nurse aide training and last but not least, the youth and organisational development programme which covers OVC”.

Maruza highlighted that their programme design is informed by the national action plan for OVCs and contributes to the overall vision being championed by the Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare ministry. Much of the organisation’s support includes, among others, educational support, medical support as well as developing life skills for disadvantaged children.

“Given our auxiliary nature, we don’t operate in isolation but work closely with the ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare in our support for OVCs and other organisations that work to improve the lives of OVCs,” Phiri said.

“As a tried and tested player, we use a rights-based approach whereby our beneficiary selection is based on vulnerability. In some instances, however, we also use a needs-based approach as a way of reaching out to those disadvantaged youths who would have excelled in their studies but with no resources to continue with their studies.”

Maruza said ZRCS believed in changing the world, starting with the individual and has in many instances reached out to talented but disadvantaged youths by capacitating them through educational support.

“Once you empower an individual within a family, the resultant ripple effect has a lot of positive bearing on the wholesome family,” said Maruza.

He highlighted that ZRCS values economic strengthening of households by developing children with potential through educational support so that they in turn can play a big part in poverty eradication starting at household level.

Much of the funding for the ZRCS’s OVC support is coming from the Norwegian Red Cross, a longtime partner of the humanitarian organisation. Norwegian Red Cross support has also seen some ZRCS youths going to Norway on exchange programmes as a way of sharing experiences and broadening their understanding of humanitarian issues.

Munyaradzi Katiro, a medical doctor and beneficiary of the ZRCS’ OVC support, believes the programme is a welcome development in enhancing the aspirations of disadvantaged youths across Zimbabwe.

“I was born with the brains, but heaven knows what would have become of me had the Red Cross not chipped in when I lost my parents at a young age,” said Katiro.

“The future looked bleak and I had no one to look up to for furthering my education. Zimbabwe Red Cross Society became my father and mother, providing for my education, medical check-ups as and when the need arose.”

“We even went for youth camps with other OVCs where we were taught invaluable life skills that largely shaped the person I am today.
This is just the beginning of even bigger things to come, but I believe my future is set and I pledge to play my part in capacitating youths in similar circumstances as I was”.

Katiro is ZRCS’ national youth president and he remains an integral part of the organisation’s humanitarian endeavours. He has also toured far and wide attending international conferences aimed at developing humanitarian and youth-related programmes in the country.

His sentiments were also echoed by June Munyongani, ZRCS national youth secretary from Masvingo. Munyongani, who had to bear the brunt of becoming a breadwinner in a child-headed family, believes ZRCS and other like-minded organisations are changing lives through OVC programmes.

“I lost both my parents at a tender age and I became head of the family. It was a hopeless situation but I believe Zimbabwe Red Cross was God-sent,” he said.

“Just when I was about to give up on life, they came in with their OVC programme and my life was set. From Red Cross we received everything we needed from educational support, medical check-ups, psycho-social support as well as food.”

Munyongani is in his final year studying at Great Zimbabwe University where he is studying Human Resources Management and is a businessman with interests in hardware in Masvingo.

He also had an opportunity to go for an exchange visit in Norway where he learnt a lot about life skills, at the same time getting a better appreciation of the humanitarian landscape. Munyongani believes it is important for beneficiaries of such invaluable programmes to give back to the community through assisting youth in similar circumstances.

“I know what it means to be desperate and hopeless. I have walked that road, I am grateful to the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society for having launched an ambitious programme whereby all beneficiaries of their programme are called upon to convene and strategise on how they can play a part in contributing to the welfare of OVCs across Zimbabwe,” he said.

Chiedza Chakawanei, a finance graduate from National University of Science and Technology (Nust) and an aspiring actuarial scientist also narrates a touching story of how ZRCS OVC support gave her a lifeline.

“Our parents passed on when we were very young and with my two siblings looking up to me, life became unbearable,” she said.
“While we were fortunate enough to be taken in by our uncle here in Masvingo, life was never easy, but thanks to the Zimbabwe Red Cross’s intervention through the OVC programme, we were given a lifeline. We had lost hope but with the support we received, I am happy to say we have all acquired tertiary education.”

Chakawanei believes everything good that has happened in her life is because of ZRCS support. He younger sister also graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree from Nust, while the youngest is studying Physical Education with the same institution.

An equally touching story was shared by Siphiwe Nyathi, another ZRCS beneficiary and a Development Studies degree graduate from Lupane State University who lost her father when she was 10 years old.

“When my father passed on, I was staying in Matobo but we had to move to my maternal grandparents’ place in Nkayi. Unfortunately, my mother was diagnosed with TB in 2002 while I was in Form 2 and at that stage life became unbearable,” she said.
“I took over the burden of the family, taking care of my siblings, ailing grandmother and mother at a time when I was doing my studies and paying school fees. It was at that strategic time that Red Cross came into the picture and the positives I have seen are largely because of their support.”

Nyathi went through high school and tertiary education with all her needs covered through the Red Cross OVC support. ZRCS peer educators and youth advisors also came in handy with their psychosocial support and even though she went on to lose both her mother and grandmother, Nyathi believes she is on the path to success and is currently working at ZRCS’ Binga offices as an intern.

Maruza highlighted that the ZRCS had seen it fit to reintegrate the beneficiaries of their OVC support programme into a programme that will see them giving back as champions of hope to those in disadvantaged circumstances.

“As part of ZRCS’ Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans campaign whereby every Zimbabwean regardless of class, race and political affiliation is called upon to support the less-privileged, we want all beneficiaries of our OVC support and that of sister organisations to be part of a national framework that will see them ploughing back to the community. Munyongani will be our link person and everyone interested is invited to get in touch with him or any of the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society centres across Zimbabwe,” said Maruza.

For feedback and to join the ZRCS national framework for the OVC programme graduates, call Munyonani on +263 775 103 653 or email: munyonganijune@gmail.com or Maruza on +263 773 606 905 or email: maruzae@redcrosszim.org.zw.

ORIGINAL STORY CREDIT TO THE CORRESPONDENT THE STANDARD NEWSPAPER!!

Xenophobia STOP IT !

  

My motherland!

 My mamma land Africa 

Stop fighting 

Stop killing we gotta unity!

The past few weeks l have been following closely news from my neighboring South Africa and the media has been awash with disgusting and disturbing pictures and clips resulting from barbaric acts of violence incited on foreigners by South Africans of which has described by many as misplaced anger. As their sole reason for this is that foreigners are taking their jobs! 
This have triggered me to make an introspect of the republic of South Africa of which l found out that, it is one of the youngest country in the continent they only got their independence as late as 1994 through the collaboration of other sister nations such as Zimbabwe ,Malawi ,Mozambique ,to mention just but a few who had already gotten their independence. It is a fact that without the help of these sister nations it could have taken longer for the republic of South Africa to get from the apartheid regime where they were treated as second citizens in their own motherland. And now 20 years on they are killing, beating, burning and torture their fellow continent men for such “unjustified “reasons.To my surprise these people are not in South Africa as thieves or beggars the chunk of them rather they are the drivers of the economy as they form the greater part of the workforce and even to some extent they are owners of the means of production or business  making them relevant in the economy of South Africa as in any other country!
I say no no to xenophobia !
We are one love one another!
Let’s embrace the Ubuntu !
No human is better than the other!

INTERNET? 



With Internet comes social media, e- commerce, e-learning and professional interactions among many other “cool” stuff. Earlier this week I had a heated debate with some of my folks after I intentionally indicated  that l will quit social media for various reasons among which Cultural or human contact or connection. 

Have you ever thought how couples in long distance would make it without Internet? Have you ever wondered how fellow brothers and sisters in the working class with limited time to attend classes and have to put food on the table would further their studies without Internet? These are some of the many questions that crossed my mind in getting an understanding of the ‘animal’ INTERNET.

After a deep introspection and reading an article from a fellow blogger I thought of sharing with you some of the pros and cons of Internet I’m sure most of you have had an opportunity to debate or think around this topic. Like everything else in this life Internet should be taken with a pinch of salt to validate it’s importance ! So below are some of things l thought could be mind blowing and to consider in this topic……. 

 Things that happen on/ with Internet the good side!

 • some people find love on Internet through Internet dating! This is just awesome for we all deserve to be loved.
• the most common ,people do order food, clothes, cars, equipment etc on Internet and in most countries esp the advanced world this is efficient and saves time and resources as you get things delivered on your door steps!
 • education- people are going  to school through Internet thus e-learning, long distance learning and research is made easy. Enabling those with various commitments such as family and work, to better or further their studies to be more marketable in today’s ever changing technological society and stiff competition on the job market! 
• through Internet we do all our work effectively and efficiently with reduced effort  compared to years back. On Internet work is done through emails, video conferencing and document sharing through such platforms as Dropbox ,Google docs among other apps! WORK MADE EASY
• I have friends and family from across the globe I don’t see regularly but with Internet I can connect with them anytime with less hustle. Compared to the postal age I think more families are more connected now than ever in the history of mankind.
• through platforms as LinkedIn many are getting jobs .
The list is endless and lm sure most you can come up with a long and even far much better lists. 

The other side of Internet……..

• As a humanitarian one of my concerns about Internet is that human contact or interaction is reduced especially in collectivist cultures and I personally feel people are more torn apart by ‘online’ kinda life!! For example ,a family of four in one sitting room everyone will be glued to their gadgets from smart phones to iPads and no real talk going on between them, rather they would send each other texts or snap chats. What a world?
• I have heard a lot of incidents where People especially teens get bullied and mocked on Internet because of who they are, skin color or religious beliefs among other things.! This usually results in low self esteem, lack of friends and feeling of belonging. 

In summation having had looked at both sides of the coin l concluded that to a greater extent despite how one takes it. Internet is of paramount importance in the daily life in this 21st century for the many reasons as sited above and many others. As a humanitarian advocate I therefore advocate for the use of Internet in the betterment of humanity rather than degrading treatment of others!

TO SERVE TO STRIVE AND NOT TO QUIT ! 

  

Time Travel on Facebook

The Green Study

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I’ve written before about my aversion to some social media. Besides the conspicuous consumption of time, Facebook is how I found out that my best friend from 5th grade had lost the use of both her legs and arms in a car accident. Which led me to a search where I found out that another classmate and her brother were both dead in their early 40s. It was jarring and traumatic. These faces, frozen in my mind’s eye, were young and healthy and living happy lives in some far off world. Anything beyond that failed to reach my imagination.

When I was in my teens, we moved to a house, town and school far away from where I’d grown up. It was, in reality, only about 40 miles away, but rural miles. No public transportation or extra family car or cell phone plans to keep in touch with old…

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EMBRACING DIVERSITY

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In the last 6 months I was very privileged to travel around the world, through humanitarian work and on personal mission I was able to visit Lesotho, Kenya, South Africa, Poland and Norway. This period has been the most important part of my life as it has always been my dream to travel around the globe as it may be the case with any other exploring and adventurous people. It’s always a great feeling meeting new people from diverse backgrounds, religions, cultures and different parts of the world. So in all the missions I embarked on there was one common thing or purpose should I say, which is serving humanity with other humanitarians from these different countries.

This piece will dwell much on one mission for the obvious reasons that it sums up my whole experience of being abroad and understanding the thematic concern of DIVERSITY . And so in December 2014 together with a Norwegian counterpart I travelled to Kenya for an later International youth camp, where youth volunteer leaders drawn from almost every corner of the world converged,to explore the beautiful and amazing Kenya and over and above exchanging and sharing best practices for serving humanity in their respective communities from grassroots levels to the highest level possible under the theme “YOUTH EMBRACING DIVERSITY “. Countries represented were Finland, Colombia, Norway, The Netherlands,Kenya (the host), Namibia,Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, among others in total the participants to this gathering were over 150. My main reason for the mission was to facilitate a workshop on street mediation which is a program that seeks to teach youth to recognize and express the feelings and needs that arise in conflict situations and Through participative games, exercises, reflective dialogues and role-play the young participants develop skills in conflict management and mediation.

However upon realizing the theme of the camp “youth embracing diversity ” and critically analyzed it, I discovered that there was more to this camp than just me facilitating a workshop. So l did put myself to task and started engaging or interacting with as many people as possible. In those engagements and interactions l explored the topics of Race, Religion, sexuality, good governance, culture and politics of the day. With every single person I interacted with I got to understand that there are a lot of different things happening around the globe that makes us different and that need our oneness as the human race to conquer and make the world a better place to be. Also l discovered that despite being from different places around the globe we all had a common language to interact with even though the levels of fluency was different . The most important thing l derived from this gathering was the need to embrace diversity as this is the solution to almost every challenge we face as human beings in the 21st century, such challenges as climate change, poverty, migration, racism and discrimination along sexuality lines among other issues. Embracing diversity what is this animal ?one may ask! In my own opinion I summed it as the ability to accommodate everyone despite of their background, religion, social standing, political affiliations, sexuality, race or cultural beliefs in fight for a better world.

My message today folks is Embrace Diversity tolerate one another!!. Men or women, young and old, gay/lesbian or straight , rich and poor, black or white we are all equal and should have the same rights and be treated the same. Don’t be intimidated because of where you come from, your sexual orientation or your skin color we are all the same !

Yes We Can is the motto!

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Positive Living

This week I had so much inspiration and motivation about what I summed up as POSITIVE LIVING the secret behind a happy and progressive life. I deduced this from one text message and a long deep conversation from and with my two old friends .

The text read :
” There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren’t the way you had hoped for.Times when you try so hard to smile on the outside while you are dying gradually inside .Don’t give up!!
That’s when you have to tell yourself that things will get better.There are times when people disappoint you and let you down.But those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgements and opinions and keep your life focused on believing in yourself .
Every problem has a solution. Every question has an answer . Just because you don’t have solutions today does not mean you will never have them. This is not the end. Today’s test will bring tomorrow’s promotion.Remember as you start being positive and strong again some people will still try to pull you down but if you allow yourself to fall they will step on you so keep growing stronger everyday stay on track be focused be positive be determined the darkness will be over new opportunities will emerge your light will shine”

QQ (quotable quote) from the other friend! “………. if you want the best out of life bro do this each time you wake up I the morning have positive energy tell your self I can do it put a smile on your face….. ”

From the above I then asked myself why is it that at times things seem not to work out when I’m at the right place and with the right people and doing the right thing as everyone else ? I came to the conclusion that many at times I do lack positivity and that starts with putting a smile on your face and focusing more on the positives about your life and less on the negative that way life will be more interesting and never be the same again.Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.

My message today folks is encourage someone today it’s your start to a positive life always SMILE 😄!

BE POSITIVE IN WHATEVER FIELD YOU ARE AND YOU WILL CONQUER EVERYTHING!

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Junta Smile

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Energetic……. Me & my long time friend and sister #Sammy

HUMANITARIAN OBSESSION

Do you have a passion or obsession of doing something? Do people sometimes laugh at stuff you really have a heart for? We all have this something special we have always wanna do in life! I do and mine is something peculiar “humanitarian obsession ” the zeal to serve humanity in any form to any needy community or people,despite of their race, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation or financial or social standing.

A year ago I worked as a youth delegate in Norway with one of the leading humanitarian organization in the world! Together with one special lady by the name Samantha Mandiriri someone I would call a comrade in arms when it comes to humanitarian issues! And 10 others from Norway, Colombia and Nepal.

For me this was a dream come true as it was something I ever wished for- serving humanity in a foreign land Europe to be specific. But this didn’t come easy the ‘road to Europe’was very long and full of discouragement, disappointments and stubbing blocks!
I remember very well sometime during my high school days when l used to bunk lessons only to attend humanitarian youth activities with fellow young humanitarians in my local town Masvingo in Zimbabwe which was disapproved by many but I kept on going. Some of the activities we were doing are HIV/AIDS awareness campaign through dramas poems and peer education, recruitment and retention of young volunteers, clean up campaigns and food distribution during draught times.It is through these activities that l realized that it doesn’t require much to make an impact in someone’s life only an effort and willingness is enough as long as reaching out to the right audience. The year 2008 was really a year of turn around as all my humanitarian efforts didn’t went unnoticed by the national society and l was awarded the most precious award for being the national youth member of the year and since then l became more and more active in youth humanitarian activities in my country and rose through ranks to become the national youth secretary for my national society and still going! Who knows maybe the next youth president keep my fingers crossed😉.

Oooh did l mention that at one point because of my continued involvement in these activities l faced one of my biggest stumbling block which was l didn’t perform well in my finals to the surprise of everyone who knew my intellectual capacity. My classmates laughed and discouraged me of my obsession for humanitarian work I didn’t fell by the way side I kept my chin up and performed extremely well in the next exams!

Against all odds including financial challenges to finance my studies l went on to the next level of my academic studies which was college where l enrolled with my local UNI to study an honors degree in Human Resource Management. As l didn’t have any financiers to take care of my study fees I had to look for a job as a salesman with one of the leading hardware shops in my town so literally l had to work while l was studying how did l manage that? So during the day I’m at work and at night I’m at school little hours of sleep and during my free time l would be with my fellow youths doing humanitarian work!

Come 2013 a youth delegate exchange program position was advertised within the organization I applied and out of hundreds of youth volunteers who applied l was shortlisted and successfully chosen to embark on a one year youth exchange program! Which by far is the greatest opportunity that l ever had to date. And it was during this experience that l learned a lot about myself and the goals for my life, I did meet a lot of people with the same passion and obsession I have l learnt something new from them and I strongly believe l imparted something to them to! I cherish this exposure for it brought a lot to my humanitarian portfolio and has opened a lot of avenues in my personal life.

What are you saying here June ? All I’m saying is despite being the laughing stock of my friends and mates for my obsession for humanitarian work I believed in myself and my dreams and kept going until I achieved one of long wished goals. So if you have that something special you wanna do or you strongly believe you can do! Press on don’t be discouraged, don’t lose hope, something special is waiting for you out there take the first steps!

Keep your chin up fellas! You can all do it!

Remember
To Serve To Strive And Not To Quit!

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With fellow youth delegates from Colombia, Nepal and Norway!

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS

Have you ever imagined a life without parents? Have you ever thought how it feels to be an orphan? Have you ever imagined being a breadwinner for your siblings? How many times do you tell your parents how much you love or cherish them? Have you ever wished having parents all your life such that you always have a shoulder to lean on in times of need? Do you sometimes think that there’s ABSOLUTELY NO REPLACEMENT FOR YOUR BIOLOGICAL PARENTS! Do you have dreams, ambitions, wishes and hopes that you want to pass but no one seem to give an ear and often at times thinks that only your mother or father could be there for you ?

These are some of the issues and questions that boggles my mind day in day out. For those who don’t know me Im June Munyongani my friends like to call me “Junta” possibly for my radical stance on various societal injustices born in a family of two ( 1 boy &;1 girl) being the eldest was orphaned at the age of three and my little sister at the age of three months. For almost a decade after the passing away of my Dad which up to date don’t recall very well we were very much protected under the capable hands of my late lovely mother who unfortunately passed away exactly 10 years after my dad just a few moms before l started high school. Life has never been the same without these two IMPORTANT people in my life and of course my sister’s, it has been mired with a lot of ups and downs which have saw me doing all sorts of odd jobs and and survival life skills to make ends meet. As a principle my mama taught me that ” a real man no matter what the circumstances should always be in a position to fend for himself and those he loves most” , this has been the strength of my life and against all odds I have been able to achieve a lot most of my fellow ‘orphaned colleagues ‘ struggles to attain especially the part of the world I come from!

This piece won’t dwell much on what l have ‘achieved’ in life rather its a piece of advice to those of you who have their parents and a word of encouragement to those who have lost their dearest parents. For those who are blessed to still have their parents l plead with you to make the best out of them ,make good memories, appreciate them , always be grateful for whatever they provide for you whether small or big as these are the best gifts you can ever have in this life. I sometimes regret being very naughty to my late mom though it was due to ‘lack of maturity ‘ she was my best friend, my mentor to sum it up all my EVERYTHING, she confided every tiny secret of her with me but I never realized how much it meant then until l lost her! But now l do! I miss you mama! I love you mama! So dear friends be appreciative it’s an honor and privilege that you have them! Some of us it’s now only memories of once glorious days!

For those who are less fortunate as me and my Little sister and many others l know! Never lose hope NOMATTER WHERE YOU ARE FROM NOMATTER WHAT THE WORLD AROUND THINKS ABOUT YOU THE SKY IS ALWAYS THE LIMIT PRESS ON . Be of good courage and character, work hard , dream big and always believe in yourself!

To Serve To Strive And Not
To Quit is my motto!

Keep following fellas as I unfold more of my personal reflections and my views towards fighting for the voiceless and the underprivileged !

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