Children are special. They are full of love and joy, they trust easily and forgive quickly. Their presence is simply delightful.

Little boy doing the splits while his friends dance around him

Today, June 16 is the Day of the African Child. A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to Goromonzi where Mr Cosmas Matanga runs a foundation that provides for orphaned and underprivileged children.

Denise (Invision Studios) Denis (MEST Foundation beneficiary and actor extraordinaire) and myself
Denise (Invision Studios) Denis (MEST Foundation beneficiary and actor extraordinaire) and myself

The trip was part of Invision Studios community outreach and corporate social responsibility where they screened short films to the kids as well gave them tips on acting and the arts.

It was a really special and humbling day. Not only because of the work that Mr Matanga does for these children, which you can read about in an article I wrote in The Herald, but also because of the joy and appreciation that the children had for the simple things and their loving, sharing nature.

So on this Day of the African Child I just wanted to share some of the pictures from that day. I do hope to return and get some lessons particularly in the traditional dances. My two left feet will probably work against me.

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This dance with the sticks was actually extremely entertaining I hope to get footage soon. I mix between Capoeira which some of the older children learnt in 1998 when some people from Brazil came to Mbuya Nehanda orphanage and local traditional dances.

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These kids are multi-talented actors, dancers, musicians. I was envious of most of the things they can do that I can’t. All thanks to the efforts and the dedication of Mr Matanga. He really is a saint among us.

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A big shout out to Lisa Chiriseri who made all this possible. Through here foundation Fund A Child’s Education Zimbabwe (FACEZ) she provides school fees for 16 of the 76 children that Mr Matanga takes care of.

I think we should all take a page out of Lisa and Mr Matanga’s books and give back to our children. I remember how growing up I was privileged to play and to dream and live any life that I chose and to become anything I dreamed. All children deserve the same and together we can make it happen.

So if you feel like you would like to support an African Child today please do visit the FACEZ website or get in contact with me and I can put you through to Mr Matanga.

Pictures courtesy of Invision Studios