Baptists engage communities

2016-06-30 06:00
 Sonke Gender Justice Thulani Velebhayi address attendees at the The Harare Baptist Church Youth Activity Day. On his left are organisers Pearl Mathoza and Mzukisi Mazondwa.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Sonke Gender Justice Thulani Velebhayi address attendees at the The Harare Baptist Church Youth Activity Day. On his left are organisers Pearl Mathoza and Mzukisi Mazondwa. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Harare Baptist Church rounded off the youth month with activities geared towards fighting crime, substance abuse as well as highlight the lack of opportunities as one of the many challenges faced by the youth in the area.

Under the leaderships of Reverend Johannes Lata, the church partnered with community development organisations to address these social ills.

Organiser Mzukisi Mazondwa, said that the church had to create a partnership with the surrounding community around these issues.

“The purpose of this partnership is to take the young people away from the streets.

It is against this background that the church has organised this event as a start to address the social ills,” said Mazondwa.

He said that they aimed to send a strong message to the young people to lead a life away from substance abuse.

“This is the beginning of our activities with the youth in communities but we have forged a continuing relationship with these organisations.

We will be working on other programmes and initiatives for the young people in the area,” said Mazondwa.

Sonke Gender Justice’s Thulani Velebayi told the youngsters in attendance the importance of gender equality, among other things.

“We really need you, the young men, to understand that you need to be around in your children's lives. It is not enough to provide financially for children, you have to be there and know everything about your child, how are they doing at school, what is the name of their teacher and what size clothes they wear,” said Velebayi.

He encouraged against substance abuse and challenged young men to set a good example for the younger children.

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