CHIKOMBA – Shekinah Ministries, an interdenominational Christian organization will soon start building a boarding school for orphans and other less privileged children in Mbiru Ward 17 in Masasa following a ground breaking ceremony held there two weeks ago.
Shekinah Ministries is an organisation that looks after less privileged children.
The school will run from ECD, primary, secondary up to tertiary education and there will also be a children's home. The place will cater for children from Chikomba and other places in the country.
The event was attended by the MP for Chikomba Central Felix Tapiwa Mhona, Chikomba Acting District Administrator Biriat Tasarira, Chief Mtekedza, headman Chitirobho, Chikomba RDC council Chairman Pardon Mudzimu, Town board chairman councillor Reginald Munyathi, and Ward 17 councillor Israel Dhikinya.
UK-based Eunice Chatukuta, the founder and director of Shekinah said the construction of the children's home will start in September and thereafter the organisation will one stage after another construct the primary, secondary school and the tertiary college at the same site.
Shekinah is currently paying fees for a number of children who are attending schools scattered around the district and these will transfer to the new school once it's opened.
The need to construct a tertiary college came after the realisation that many children roam the streets after leaving children's homes without skills to help them to survive in life. The tertiary college will equip the children with skills that can make them either self-employed or they could look for jobs.
"We decided to put a training college on our plans after realising that we can offer skills to youth who may not have courses and would use these skills in life. It's a Christian based thing, incorporating cultural values with Christian values," said Chatukuta.
She said she has a vision and passion to assist disadvantaged children and has been giving random sponsorships. She said she would be working closely with the community in her projects.
Chatukuta does counselling in the UK and is also a lecturer by profession. She was once a lecturer of Automobile Electrics at Harare Institute of Technology and has also specialised in programmes that deal with young people.
Speaking at the occasion, Tasarira said Masasa has since 2014 seen phenomenal rise in the number of proposed development projects to include a Police station and a shelter for expecting mothers.
He thanked MP Mhona and councillor Dhikinya adding that such projects were in line with Government policy on poverty alleviation.
Chief Mtekedza urged people to be more serious about development. He said the problem with a lot of Zimbabweans is that they spent a lot of time on petty things like gossip, drinking beer and smoking mbanje. He also urged leaders to carefully listen to the National Anthem which urges them to be men and women of integrity.
He urged the people to support the construction of the college by Shekinah.