HARARE - Denmark-based Zimbabwean musician Jane Marimo’s Training Centres are assisting thousands of young people in rural areas gain computer skills and survival techniques in the obtaining harsh economic conditions.
Marimo, who runs Direct Support to Zimbabwe Orphans, a charity organisation, has been involved in philanthropic activities since 2005.
The organisation, which is currently based in Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe, has projects at Nharira Shopping Centre and in the Svosve communal near Marondera.
Direct Support to Zimbabwe Orphans also teamed up with Uzumba Orphan Care headed by Jonathan Maedza in 2005 to create a computer skills training project at Nhakiwa Shopping Centre in Uzumba that has seen more than 2 000 under-privileged children receive certificates in basic computer studies.
“Our training centres cater for orphans, child-headed families as well as the less-privileged in the communities, helping them cope with the current economic crisis,” Marimo told the Daily News.
In addition to the computer project, the training centre at Nhakiwa also runs thriving gardening and goat-rearing projects which have significantly alleviated poverty.
Marimo’s computer training centre near Dhirihori Secondary School in Svosve, which was opened last year, has already churned out 160 certificate-holders who undertook free six-week training in computer studies.
About 300 more youths are expected to graduate from the same centre soon.
“Since 2005, we have been sourcing computers from well-wishers in Denmark. We are very happy with the technological centres we have set up where disadvantaged children are taught basic computer skills and survival techniques for free,” she said.
At Home Park in Macheke Marimo’s organisation is training at least 73 pupils.
Marimo, who calls her music as “Tredy” — a fusion of the traditional beat of Jiti and Reggae — has two albums to her name namely Shungu Dzangu (2013) and Daka Regore (2014) as well as a single titled Kumusha NeChristmas (2015).
The Mono Mukundu-produced Kumusha NeChristmas is currently getting significant airplay on local radio stations.
Her other prominent songs include Saina, Hwahwa, Rasta and Africa.