By Belinda Matombo & Vongwai Mukamba
Zimbabwe Young Christian Students (ZYCS) is a movement of young people with the vision of transforming communities around them through engaging in numeral works of service and philanthropy. Each year, these young people, most of whom are students, organize an annual work camp where they empower a community of choice.
This year the work camp was held in the Gweru diocese at Loreto High school to help the Jairos Jiri Old People’s home, Silobela branch. The event was a week-long formation program for the YCSers in Zimbabwe from the 4th to the 12th of August.
There were 54 participants, 32 Females, and 22 males. The program was developed and executed as part of the ZYCS spirituality/ methodology of See, Judge Act, and Reflect. The Jairos Jiri Old People’s Home in Silobela needed a sustainable income-generating project to sustain the livelihoods of the inmates at the center. In line with SDG 1 and 2 guided by our motto- Option for the poor, these participants themselves managed to build to completion on their own, a 3-roomed pigsty for the center.
The participants were interacting, helping, cleaning, learning from, and sharing food with the elderly and disabled. It was a networking opportunity that created youth volunteers committed to helping the poor and training other young leaders to follow suit. YCS operates in schools and higher education institutions under the Catholic Church and works hand in hand with several other youth groups within the church and outside.