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Young Tererai Chakanyuka has finally set the ball rolling on his organisation that officially started off functioning this January. The organisation registered in the name “Heal the World” is an aocacy meant to test, develop and evaluate issues affecting less privileged children living in the streets of Zimbabwe.

The non-profit making organisation will also provide platforms of taking many children out of the streets and offering them a chance to educate themselves, have a home and better living standards.

In an interview with Cool Lifestyle, the 18-year-old Chakanyuka was very vocal about how he got ideas to start his organisation.

“I was once a Junior Member of Parliament for Mvurachena constituency in Waterfalls and I only served for one year (2009 to 2010) and when my period came to an end that’s when I became passionate about helping other children. During my tenure as Junior MP I used my privileges to source funds from businessmen and started aocating for the poor children living in the streets of Harare,

“I started off by talking to some street kids one on one and even gave them some of my food and change from my pocket money. This prompted me to come up with this idea,” he said.

Tererai said that he got so compassionate and wanted to find out why more children took to the streets.

“I took time in the street corners and got offended when I saw children of my age scavenging, begging and hawking in the slums and polluted areas within the town,” he said.

“I am now a child aocate at Childline Zimbabwe, something that is also adding to my passion as I deal with many cases of children who are facing different challenges in their daily lives,” he said.

The young activist said his organisation was open to anyone who wants to join. “I am only 18 and I might lack a thing to run this but I would like to appeal to the public that my organisation is open to former Junior MPs and Junior Councillors and anyone who wants to add sponsorship,” said Tererai.

According to statistics provided by the United Nations in 2013, there are up to 150 million street children worldwide.

Source : The Herald

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