A LOCAL non-governmental organisation, Watchman Relief Organisation (WRO) has partnered Midlands State University (MSU) Enactus team in two projects — vegetable and fruit drying and zero tolerance to child marriages — in a bid to uplift the livelihoods of local communities.
By Stephen Chadenga
The two institutions will share skills and resources for the success of the projects.
“MSU Enactus will be transferring skills on vertical gardening to the communities working with WRO, while WRO will also transfer the skills on vegetable and fruit drying to the communities working with Enactus,” the partnership agreement read.
WRO director and founder, Nathaniel KudakwaMwari, said besides uplifting the livelihoods of local communities, the partnership would also bring global awareness on harmful cultural practices.
“The partnership will help set up our efforts to encourage the growing international awareness against harmful traditional practices which act as root causes for discrimination and violence against the girl child,” he said.
“Several studies both scientific and social attest the fact that value-based discrimination is systematic and universal therefore our two institutions’ concerted efforts will help eradicate the widespread problematic issue of child marriage on the African continent.”
MSU Enactus chairman, Sipho Sibanda, said through the collaboration they expected to reach out to communities to make a positive impact on their livelihoods.
“What we feel from this partnership is a shared vision of transforming livelihoods in our community and making meaningful change through sustainable projects,” said Sibanda.
“We believe that WRO will assist us in realising the dream of empowering communities through sustainable projects.”
Sibanda said through the partnership, they looked forward to creating awareness on the effects of child marriages as well as creating economic opportunities for vulnerable groups through income generating projects.