ComFAR established a working relationship with Shamva District which will see young people in the district particularly in wards 22, 24 and 29 benefiting from ComFAR’s youth empowerment and participation initiatives. The organisation will promote the establishment of safe spaces that will allow young people to interact, engage and participate meaningfully in community development. It will also work closely with the District Aids Coordinator (DAC) from National Aids Council (NAC) in the implementation of the Girl-Keepers campaign that creates awareness on the consequences of School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV) such as contracting STIs and HIV/AIDS. It also seeks to sensitize communities on available reporting mechanisms.
The meeting was hosted by the District Administrator Mr Nkoma. Other key stakeholders from different government ministries and NGOs highlighted various issues affecting young people in Shamva. Drug and substance abuse was reported as being rampant among young people who are viewing it as a way of life. Other issues such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), early teen pregnancies were reported to be prevalent in the district.