CHIPINGE: Youth-led organizations, Green Institute and Girl Child Empowerment Zimbabwe have taken lead in supporting Cyclone Idai victims with life skills training in a move that is meant to give women in affected communities financial empowerment.
To achieve this, more than 100 women from Matanga, Barauta, Dimire, Masheedze, and Kobeka will get trained in beekeeping.
“These women all between ages 18-35 will get beekeeping training through extracting products such as honey, candle wax, floor polishes, perfumes, hair food, and vanishing creams.
“They will also be trained on how to practice beekeeping differently from traditional bee-keeping techniques to contemporary bee-keeping techniques that will help preserve the natural forest,” said Girl Child Empowerment director Tatenda Maphosa.
“The idea behind capacitating these women is to improve livelihoods and to educate villagers about forest conversation as most participants reside around Chirinda Forest, one of the few remaining natural forests in Zimbabwe which is under threat from massive deforestation,” added Green Institute director Tanyaradzwa Takodza.
The benefiting community has welcomed the project saying it is a long-term project that will help them in different ways.
“The effects of Cyclone Idai are still hitting hard on us and such initiatives help us in many ways including financial stability,” said one Catherine Chimwene.
“The project is viable to us as community duty beares as it is teaching locals forest preservation besides just making profits. This is quite good,” added Prince Manjengwa of the Zimbabwe Forestry Commission.
“The project is welcome and we hope it increases the number of disabled beneficiaries, some who got injured during the Cyclone Idai disaster so that they also benefit from these life skills training,” further advised a community health worker, Miranda Moyana.