FROM IRELAND, WITH LOVE

Gilbert Munetsi recently in MUKARAKATE, Murehwa

CHILDREN from disadvantaged families in the rural community of Mukarakate in Murehwa South will soon start to benefit from a foundation launched last weekend by a son of the area who has since relocated to the diaspora.

Forward Nyanyiwa, a health and media practitioner who spent a better part of his early life in the area, has seen the need to give back to his true home.

Despite being a famous name when growth points are mentioned, Mukarakate is, for instance, still linked by two dust roads to Murehwa Centre.

The young boys and girls from the area still walk the 7km-plus stretch to Dombwe School where the local clinic and better shopping facilities are also situated.

Hopes, however, remain high that things are about to change for the better.

The MP-elect, Noah Mangondo, is someone the villagers believe will make a huge difference to their lives.

The Forward Nyanyiwa Foundation launch ceremony, held at the growth point, attracted hundreds who came to witness this life-changing initiative whose main areas of focus include health, education and other social activities.

The place is also the home of football prodigy Jordan Zemura whose family runs a grocery enterprise at Mukarakate.

A number of locals could be seen walking in groups on the feeder roads to Mukarakate where the main highlight of the evening was a musical gig headlined by Progress Chipfumo and his Sounds of the Motherland ensemble.

He did not disappoint, as he churned hit after hit from his broad discography.

Chipfumo was supported by StarFM DJ Ndumiso Dube (a.k.a Skywalker) who serenaded revellers into the early hours of Sunday morning with a wide musical selection.

Nyanyiwa, speaking on the sidelines of the concert, justified why he had settled for Chipfumo, who grew up in an orphanage.

“He is the best person to interact with and inspire the young boy or girl emerging from these humble origins, and make them believe that they, too, can one day make it in life,” Nyanyiwa said.

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