By Staff Reporter
The ongoing refurbishment of Mtapa community hall is expected to revive the community, with youths and women being the target groups that are set to benefit from various initiatives and sporting events earmarked.
The hall is being refurbished with support from CARE Zimbabwe under its humanitarian assistance initiative at a cost of $US10000.00
The development follows a plea that was raised by the community to revive the centre back to its former glory days.
Mtapa is one of Gweru’s oldest suburbs with a population of over12 500 people with the majority being in the economically active age group of 16-64.
Of late the community has not been spared from the effects of drug abuse as a number of youths are living in the comfort of illegal substances due to unemployment and worsening economic challenges.
The community has also been encompassing housing challenges in areas such as sections 3 and 7 as most houses constitute upto 9 family members.
Speaking on the sidelines of the project, Lawrence Paradza, a Gym manager at Mtapa hall said the renovation of the hall into a state of the art facility is expected to eradicate illegal and illicit activities among the youths.
“We greatly appreciate the work being done by our ward councillor, the community and our wellwishers who have remembered us by renovating the hall. The facility has been the hub of activities training of income-generating projects, sports, cinema among many other, but since it was now dilapidated, a lot of initiatives closed.
“We are happy, once operational the hall’s activities like gym will keep young people occupied with sports and various other activities. There is need for more projects to keep our young people from illicit drug dealings as drugs like bronclear and (Mutoriro) Crystal Methamphetamine have affected youths in Mtapa.
“Our youths should excel in bodybuilding, sporting disciplines and projects, we want a good life for them and we are also appealing to government through the Ministry of Health and police to help us with awareness campaigns against drug abuse and prostitution,” added Paradza.
Ward Councillor, Godfrey Giwa said like any other facility, Mtapa Hall was the face of the community and the development was fundamental in changing the livelihoods of the community.
“Development is for the people and we always appreciate the help we are getting from our local authority which is Gweru council, Government, residents and wellwishers in revamping the status of our community.
“As you know most of these developments have been triggered by the flood incident which we once experienced last year hence we are grateful for the development happening in the ward through various partnerships. Our hall is going to house various indoor sporting activities and football screenings as we want to remove youths from the streets and drugs”. Said Cllr Giwa