By Mary Doma.

Zimbabwe, Harare. (News Of The South) – The Regional Psychosocial Initiative (REPSSI) launched its Zimbabwe Country Strategy (2014-16) aimed at providing emotional and social (psychosocial) support to children and youth in East and Southern Africa.

The Zimbabwe country Strategy is derived from the REPSSI Regional strategic implementation plan and is designed to make the Regional strategy more applicable to Zimbabwe context.

Addressing the audience junior Major of Harare Ebenezer Nobela said the Zimbabwe Country strategy represents a refocusing of the REPSSI strategic direction to meet the considerable demand that now exists for the provision of psychosocial support and as the Junior Council they can share some successes.

“We are gathered here to launch the Psychosocial Support Forum and the Psychosocial Support Country Strategy after an extensive consultative process was conducted by REPSSI targeting various children, child led groups and other Non Governmental Organisations dealing directly with children, As the Junior Mayor for Harare I am very much pleased and glad for such commitment and dedication towards the promotion of child participation and development,” said Ebenezer Nobela

” We have set ourselves into working groups in order to divide tasks as follows: Adolescents, Sex and Reproductive Health ,Teen Behavior Change and Bullying, Traffic and Road Safety , Charity and General Welfare and Child Development and Mentorship,” said Ebenezer

With minimum resources we managed to host a march commemorating the international day against child labour ,we launched a City Council Schools development program through the assistance of Mentoring Zimbabwe and our working group on Child Development and Mentorship, we co-hosted a fundraising dinner to support the young girls in city council primary schools with sanitary pads (the reusable pads), we organized a hand over ceremony to support approximately 600 children under the initiative “girls want to learn” among other campaigns ,” said Nobela

This is a clear sign demonstrated by my team that children can make a difference in our society and I urge u all to keep supporting children’s initiatives.

For several years the welfare of the children has been neglected, we have worried about the needs of the children who have now than ever before become vulnerable to destitution, also we have worried about the morals of the children which seem to be weakening each day.

“My team and I are grateful that we were involved in youth advocacy and, I am very much a proponent for child participation,” he said .

“My wish is that we may see a nation that considers its young people largely, a nation that is aware that its progress cannot be any swifter than the development of its young ones: As young people, we also seek to develop ourselves and emerge as a swift generation that can secure the future of its nation until then we shall remain daggers-drawn,” he said.

REPSSI has championed the campaign so I thereby appeal to you our elders to invest in us as the young people so we may go towards safeguarding a future for our nation. So our dear leaders, develop us and we will develop the world.

REPSSI is a non-profit regional organization working to lessen the devastating social and emotional impact of HIV and AIDS, poverty and conflict among children and youth in 13 countries in East and Southern Africa.

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