Masterpeace Zimbabwe hosted a tournament comprising of 10 teams for netball and soccer in ward 34 Nyagundi, Manicaland, Zimbabwe. Masterpeace Zimbabwe in partnership with Telone Zimbabwe, Discover Zimbabwe, Christian World Outreach, Environment Management Agency and Ministry of youth, sports, arts and recreation hostedthe event at Chinota Primary School to mark the end of the peace building and tree seedling distribution activities in the area.
The event was intriguing and exciting as people travelled to come together to play and support each other at the tournament. Loads of prizes were won which included Masterpeace t-shirts, trophies, track bottoms, jerseys, balls, pumps and fruit tree seedlings.
Masterpeace Zimbabwe is promoting peace and community development through; peace workshops and destruction of the Lantana camara replacing them with other alternatives. It was discovered through research that the lantana camara shrubs are reducing grazing land, neutralizing soil fertility and killing livestock.
The lantana camara will be replaced with different species like such as Moringa, Aloe Vera, and other fruit trees that are drought resistant as they are better alternatives with the following benefits:
- Livestock feeding
- Can be used as a vegetable
- Cures kwashiorkor
- Contains vitamins, essential minerals like iron
- Provide fruits
- Easy to plant
- Moringa is also used to make jam and drinks
- Used to cure livestock
- Supportive treatment to diabetes
- Source of food for livestock
- Cures bee stings
Theme: Consolidating cultural identity diversity and heritage
Location: Mapembe ward 34: Mutare Rural
Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe attended a cultural event were Government ministries, traditional leaders, NGO’s, churches, schools and community members came in great numbers. The event was hosted by Chief/Mambo Marange who strongly encouraged his community members to uphold their cultural values and norms. He went on to advice against issues of divorce encouraging churches to teach youth.
The MP’s representatives encouraged parents to process birth certificates for their children. It is a matter of concern how community members have limited opportunities due to not possessing important documents. Youths were encouraged to seek opportunities for them to be productive and see their councillors for any help they might need.
Various churches such as Zviratidzo, Zion, ZCC, attended and entertained those who attended with singing, dancing, and playing of drums. Devotion was shared on the topic of kusikwa kwevanhu vekutanga accompanied with these scriptures, Genesis 2:7, Deutronomy 32:6, and Psalms 27:3.
Non-Government Organisation got the opportunity to showcase their activities and inform the audience about the work they do. They displayed posters and banners at the venue for visibility and upholding of the diversity theme.
Guests were treated to a traditional dance performed by St Francis primary school. The dance was called Chimaisiri dance combined with Jerusalem dance which was adopted from Murehwa, Katsava or Jiti. A poem was done based on the title Dzidzo by a student at St Francis bringing out the importance of education. More poems were performed by the students which comprised of Empowerment of a girl child.
YDZ Current Grant.
Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe recently received a grant from Global Masterpeace to continue with peace building initiatives in Mutare rural Wards. The project will positively engage young people in peace building through sports tournaments and destruction of lantana camara. The project will be running under the theme Promoting rural peace for sustainable development#fightconflicts do not fight each other. Masterpeace Zimbabwe in partnership with Discover Zimbabwe will implement the project within a period of three months from March to May. The overall goal of the peace building initiatives is to build a united prosperous, peaceful and democratic community.These activities will serve as important icebreakers and as first lead to conversation and dialogue for conflicting parties.
Clean Up Campaign
Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe participated in the National clean-up campaign held on the 1st of March 2019. The clean-up was declared a national event by the president on Zimbabwe, His Excellence Cde Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. The declaration states that every first Friday of the month Zimbabwean citizens shall clean-up their surroundings from 8-10 am. We were invited and attended a meeting at the District Administrators office where we were assigned places to clean while discussing on challenges and success experienced by clean-up participants.YDZ together with other organizations invited more participants to attend the clean-up campaign which was a success. The cleaning activities included sweeping, picking papers, tiding and throwing away the waste
The activity was conducted in one of the sub-districts under Ward 34 called Chinota in Mutare Rural District on 17 May 2018. 57 males and 46 females attended the event. YDZ invited the Mutare Rural District Head for Ministry of Youth and Pastor Rore from Evangelical Fellowship to come and grace the event. Pastor Rore is a local Pastor who is heading a campaign called Pray Register and Vote. So YDZ went into a partnership with the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe so as to increase the coverage and impact of our work. The Voter Education Outreach started at 9.00 am and ended at 3.00 in the afternoon. The main aim of this activity was to encourage people to register to vote. YDZ also encouraged people to go and exercise their democratic right through voting for a leader of their choice during the 30 July 2018 harmonised election. YDZ encourage people to go and register to vote as this is being done on a rolling basis. More information was given to the community on the myths and misconceptions about the exercise in the community. Some rural folks believed it was not confidential and thought the photos they were taken during registration was to match their face with the vote. This was also dispelled as baseless and unfounded. Pastor Rore of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe in his presentation told the participants that they have to make use of the elections and elect someone they trust, someone who they know that he/she is committed to serving and developing the community. Participants were encouraged to actively take part in the process as election monitors so that they add to the voice of ensuring that the elections are free and fair. Pastor Rore encouraged rural youths to live peacefully despite their political differences during the election period. He warned against political violence and emphasised that culprits will face the wrath of the law. He further stresses that youths should select a candidate that would serve them.
“Elect a candidate showing qualities of a steward, a servant and a shepherd leader willing to safeguard the interest of the community.”Pastor Rore said.
Mr Mwakipesile also told people to make use of the new dispensation and vote for leaders of their choices without fear. Such words coming from a government official shows the baby steps the country is moving towards democracy.
The event was held from the 7th April up to the 11th of April 2017 in Bindura. YDZ coordinated the event with the assistance of 20 youth peer educators who assisted the young people living with disabilities to move from one place to another since there was a large crowd. They distributed the programme to the paralympians and also maintained order. In the evenings, from 5pm to 8pm, YDZ screened short films to the young people living with disabilities. The screened films contained educational information on SRHR, HIV/AIDS, voluntary counselling and testing, child abuse, young people relationships and health, youth people and life choices and young people and careers. There were 5 specialist educationists to educate the Paralympians on sexual reproductive health & rights, HIV/AIDS-related issues and questions asked by the participants. After screening the film, the participants were put into groups and a quiz session was facilitated by YDZ staff. The 5 specialists were the judges who awarded scores to the teams. Winning participants were given T-Shirts.
Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe is part of Global Movement for Peace under the banner of Masterpeace. Masterpeace Zimbabwe’s main objective is to promote peace among communities that it works in around the Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe.
Masterpeace Zimbabwe (Youth Dialogue Zimbabwe) believes that real national social, political and economic development is only possible in a perpetual environment of peace and tranquility. This is achieved through bridging all the lines that separate people between tribes, races, communities, political parties and wealth classes. War and instability is counter productivity it brings suffering and the main victims of this suffering are children, women and the poor people in general.
Masterpeace Zimbabwe believes that through an array of activities like sports, drama, music, wall painting it is possible to bring a World Order that respects the sanctity of peace in our communities.