Villagers in Seke communal lands lament lack of economic growth and development in the country, which has resulted in them failing to provide for their families. Young people suffer the most as the situation has provided no favours to children who still have to access their education.
Young girls in Zimbabwe have resorted to using unhygienic sanitary towels such as rags, bits of paper and sometimes even fresh grass during their menstrual periods as they cannot afford sanitary pads due to poverty. These aren’t exactly leak proof methods. Worrying about embarrassing leaks at school is something that keeps girls from attending during their period most importantly deprives them of personal dignity.
“Life away from home is tough. It is even tougher when you factor in the demands of university life. I am from a poor background and can’t afford a laptop. Lecturers demand that our assignments be typed and printed before they can be handed in. Now, to do that requires money; at least $5 per assignment. You may be doing 6 or 7 modules per semester. That is almost $40, and that amount is just too steep for me,” said Vivian, a Development Studies final year student at the MSU Zvishavane campus.
She sits stone-faced on the college bench. A million and one thoughts are racing through her mind. She has overdue assignments and she has just spent her last coins on a bun and maheu which will serve as her breakfast and lunch. She has nothing else left with her to print the assignments so that she can hand them in for marking.
WODAZ, a community organization based in Gwanda has established the Asithuthukeni Goat Rearing project aimed at unlocking the financial barriers of women and widen their access to business opportunities, resources and income in order for them to avert the financial dependency to sustain their livelihoods which expose them to domestic violence.
Young people in Glenview have welcomed Organizing for Zimbabwe (O4Z) Trust’s initiative on the need to capacitate the community with knowledge and skills to interpret, monitor and evaluate both the local government as well as the national budgets.
By Linda Mpofu
When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers and gets damaged the most. The elephants only get bruises here and there but nothing to write home about. This adage best explains the situation in Gwanda with regards to water supply.