A unique stationery initiative was last week launched in Kadoma, which is one of a handful of projects targeted at empowering people with disabilities.
By Style Reporter
Dubbed My Stationery, the project is seen as a boon for the youths, especially people with disabilities.
Speaking at the launch of the project, founder and executive chairman of Maps Foundations Courage Comfort Mapeta said the My Stationery project would create jobs around the country.
“We are going to create employment in communities as well as in schools and institutions by having My Stationery service agents and brand ambassadors as well as paying fees for the less privileged students as part of our philanthropic work,” Mapeta said.
African Union — Disability Council Zimbabwe Chapter ambassador Ian Takudzwa Vambe said Maps Foundations did a great job in coming up with such an initiative.
“The launch of My Stationery is very important. Like l said, as a disability activist l can think of a child who has a disability, usually in a family of four children, that one with a disability normally is the last priority,” Vambe said.
“So, having such organisations in our communities which partner with people like Nyasha Nhau, who is also a disability advocate and the ambassador for disability at the African Union and interested in catering for students with disabilities, is very great.”
Kadoma mayor Action Nyamukondiwa, who was the guest of honour at the event, pledged to buy My Stationery packages for people with disabilities.
“I am going to buy My Stationery packages for three students with disabilities in Kadoma for the whole year,” Nyamukondiwa said.
“I have realised that most parents and guardians are struggling to pay schools fees as well as providing stationery support to their children because of the economic hardships as well as the effects of the Covid-19 global pandemic.”
Nhau and Vambe also pledged to buy stationery for four students while headmasters, church and community leaders bought into the idea.