IT’S no secret that today’s youths are viewed as a generation preoccupied with partying, under-age drinking, drugs and premature sex among other social ills but one group is defying the odds, crafting themselves into a respectable and charitable organisation that prides itself in assisting the needy.
With the winter season setting in, a grouping of young people based in Bulawayo — Youths for Innovation Trust — have embarked on a programme known as the Jacket Donation aimed at collecting warm clothing from well wishers for donation to street kids in the city.
The Youths for Innovation Trust is a group of 200 volunteer youths from all walks of life and with various set skills that was formed in 2015 and operates in Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South Provinces.
“Winter is almost upon us and over the weekend we will be distributing warm clothes that were donated for our Jacket Donation Campaign to street kids in the city of Bulawayo.
“We are working in hand with the Scripture Union who will help us identify homeless kids that sleep in streets such as Sixth Avenue and other street corners in the central business district,” said Youths for Innovation Trust programmes manager Lorraine Ndlovu.
This is the second year that the youths are running the Jacket Donation Campaign in partnership with Scripture Union — a Bible-reading movement which has operated in Zimbabwe for over 70 years with a footing in schools and other organisations.
“Last year we donated warm clothes to over 30 street kids in Bulawayo and this year’s response has been great so we expect to reach out to more children. Some of the kids that live in the streets are as young as 10 years old and we felt that sourcing warm clothes for them is the least we can do as a youth organisation,” said Ndlovu.
Youths for Innovation Trust prides itself as a network of young citizens that thrives to bring forth youth development through social innovation.
The organisation believes youths must abandon the “handouts culture” and instead be proactive in tackling issues that affect them as well as fostering a culture of volunteering for social development.
Youths for Innovation Trust is self funded.