Youths in clean-up campaign

Under privileged youths from various schools in Bulawayo last week cleaned up Emthunzini Wethemba children’s home in the city as part of the Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) commemorations.

The exercise was organized by Hope for A Child In Christ (HOCIC), a faith-based organization that provides management skills for sustainable community-based orphan care programmes and advocates for the prevention of child sexual abuse and gender-based violence.

HOCIC programmes coordinator Sunga Mzeche said her recent visit to the United States had inspired her to partner with GYSD international in commemorating this year’s celebrations.

“I was impressed and inspired by the spirit of voluntarism in that country. People of all age groups are involved in voluntary work, “she said.

The students who took part in the clean-up are orphans studying under HOCIC’s English Access Scholarship programme.

Sponsored by the US embassy, it imparts leadership, public speaking, career guidance and computer skills to disadvantaged children.

The youths, who were in high spirits, cleaned the Emthunzini We Themba home for abused, abandoned and neglected children. They also planted vegetables in the orphanage’s garden. The school children also played games with the kids.

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