Twenty-one vulnerable youths are set to benefit from proceeds raised from an ‘Education Go Fund Me’ dinner held at a local hotel last Friday.
The event, an initiative by Teen Rescue Mission (TRM) attracted various corporates, government officials as well as the Chinese embassy.
TRM, a non-profit organisation was founded by gospel musician Abraham Matuka.
Guest of honour at the event, Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Professor Paul Mavima lauded the Trust for its initiative which will go a long way in keeping youths off drugs.
“I applaud the work that TRM Trust is doing in ensuring a safe environment for teens and youths through initiatives to combat drug and substance abuse, early pregnancies, school dropouts and crime against our generations.”
He said the role the Trust played complemented his ministry’s department of Social Development whose thrust is to “increase awareness, understanding of child protection issues and the gains to derived from the protection of children who are the future leaders of country”.
Wife to Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Wang Wai encouraged the youthful organisation to keep on assisting needy youths and families in times of adversity.
“Teen Rescue Mission…over the years, your hard work has changed the lives of many young people. You are not only rescuing the teens but also many families and young Zimbabweans. Inspired by your example many more are joining the worthy cause,” she said.
Harare Metropolitan Province Senator Omega Sipani Hungwe who was represented by Rev Chivhu at the fundraiser encouraged other youths to implement such initiatives that encourage teenagers to desist from crime and abusing drugs.
Senator Hungwe also urged stakeholders to support such youth initiatives that are focused.
“Youths have lost control through use of Bron Cleer, marijuana, rape, early marriages and even unbecoming behaviour against their own parents. I want to appeal to both private and public sector and other stakeholders present here to give maximum support to these youths who are focused.”
“This is a clear demonstration that our children have come of age to take forward the country to greater heights but what they lack is support from us parents. Youths are now able to create employment for others through the provision of various courses,” Senator Hungwe said.
TRM Director Abraham Matuka said his organisation was worried by the rise of drug abuse among the youths who end up giving in to early marriages, suicide and crime.
“The rate at which such cases are increasing among the youths worrisome. We believe if we are able to join hands and send young people back to school, this would assist them from drug and alcohol abuse.”
“During the event we managed to raise school fees for 21 vulnerable youths but this is far from our target of educating 100 vulnerable youths in 2022. As TRM we are calling on government, corporates and individuals to come on board and assist in cash and kind to enable us achieve our dream’” he said.
Matuka founded TRM in 2018 with the purpose of assisting teenagers and youths to abstain from drugs, crime and early sex. Nhau/Indaba