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Launch of Umkhankaso Centre on
Habakkuk Trust
November 29, 2013

Habakkuk Trust will today on Friday 29 November 2013 be launching the Umkhankaso Cafe whose main aim is to create space for civic society, community based organizations, community leaders and activists to access information and research through an internet cafe.

The Cafe that will be officially opened by the Mayor of Bulawayo, His Worship Councillor Martin Moyo, is also set to be an incubator for other organizations that need space for growth as well as the melting point for robust, informed and objective discussions on local and global issues thus promoting democracy and development in Bulawayo and Zimbabwe in general.

Dambashoko admin block launch a success

More than 300 villagers yesterday converged at Dambashoko Primary School to witness the official opening and handover of the school’s administration block that was constructed by the parents being assisted by the Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy Action Team of the area.

The function that also coincided with the schools’ annual prize giving ceremony was attended by Guest of Honour Vice President of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce and Community Share Ownership Trust Board Member Mr. Nqobizitha Sibanda. Also in attendance were Chief Masuku and the local Member of Parliament Honourable Madodana Sibanda and the local Councillor. Honourable Sibanda officially opened the administration block.

Dambashoko Primary School was constructed in the year 1935 and currently has an enrolment of 306 students (155 boys and 151 girls). The school also houses a secondary school initiative since the secondary school is yet to be constructed.

Chief Masuku pledges support for Dambashoko community

Chairperson of the Gwanda Community Share Ownership Scheme, Chief Masuku has pledged to assist the Dambashoko community that has shown willingness to work hard in developing itself with an amount of about USD10 000, from the scheme.

In a message passed to the community through the scheme Board Member Mr. Sibanda during the launch of the Dambashoko Administration Block that was a purely community initiative, the Chief said the community is hard working and should be incentivised so that it continues to do more. He said a proper consultation processes shall be done with the community to ascertain the needs that the fund will address. However, key to some of the issues raised by the community during the official opening ceremony are the needs to electrify the school and furniture for the newly opened administration block.

When the pledge is fulfilled it will mark a new turn to development assistance where communities are incentivised for improving themselves compared to the rampant trend of awarding those who are not doing anything about their situations.

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