Ngokholo (Alusyomo) Community Development Centre based in Binga’s Mabombo area has come as a hope of livelihood for the youths in the remote area of Matabeleland North province though it is reportedly struggling for survival as the financial crisis continues to rock it.
Ngokholo was established inOctober last year by locals and has about five strategic operational divisions which seek to empower Binga community with jobs, and also ensure environmental conservation.
The organisation’s Chairperson, Munkombe June Zinjanja said Ngokholo is an organisation which deals with various issues such as planting of tress, advocating for dams construction, sports promotions, writing skills development and implementation environmental conservation methods.
He said the organisation has athletics and football clubs formed with the assistance of the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) and it identifies talent for development currently hidden due to the geographical location of the area.
“Other major activities of the organisation include engaging in farming activities. We also promote farming in the district and this is to make the community self-sustaining.
“We also promote self-help projects and under our banner there is a writing project where school children and other youths in the community are encouraged to join the club in a bid to develop their writing skills” said Zinjanja.
Lovemore Kalulu, a secondary schoolteacher and budding journalist, chairs the writers’ club. The club ventures into compiling of reports of the organisation’s activities, orienting and developing writing talent at schools and producing the organisation’s newsletter.
Zinjanja said his organisation was facing numerous challenges, top of them all being the funding which has crippled its operations to a very bad extent.
He said the other problem that the organisation faces is poor road network leading to the centre, saying that has continued to derail development across the district.
“Ngokholo is striving to end the trend of poverty which has continued to rock the district we are sourcing funds for self reliance projects in order to up lift the area” said Zinjanja.
He said economic recession in the country seriously affected the organisation such that even now it is difficult to implement most of its core activities.
“We hope that when the government makes funds available for small to medium scale enterprises, like organisations such as ours will benefit so that we develop our communities and the nation at large.” said Zinjanja.
He said they wanted to be one of the best providers of quality talent, goods and services by the year 2020, but at the moment, shortage of funds was crippling its progress.
He appealed to the donor community to chip in and bail the organisation out of its misery.
The organisation covers areas such as Kamativi, Hwange, Dete, Victoria Falls, and Binga.
It was officially launched on 4 December concurrently with the National Tree Planting Day commemorations at Binga centre. It is run by 100 people and more people are yet to join it.