HARARE – Afro-fusion musician Alexio Kawara has launched a social responsibility initiative that aims to assist disadvantaged school-going children.
Kawara, who was propelled to star status by the hit Shaina, launched the programme called Tose at the Zimbabwe German Society (ZGS) on November 7.
The social responsibility programme derives its name from the title track of Kawara’s 2011 album. The song is about a game played by young people.
Part of the song says: “Kana tichimhanya mhanya, ngatimhanye Tose Kuitira kuti pakusvika one asasarire,
Kana tichibhururuka ngatibhururuke Tose Zvikarema kudengako tigamhane”
Kawara believes Zimbabweans need to help each other to overcome various challenges bedevilling the nation.
“We need to be one as a nation. No matter how hard life can be we will be blessed as a nation if we help each other out,” he said.
Under the theme — Build Children To Avoid The Cost Of Repairing Adults — Kawara has already kick-started his ambitious programme at Ushamba Primary and Secondary Schools situated in a very remote part of Mutoko District.
With assistance from Childline, Kawara partnered with the Girls Legacy and distributed shoes to pupils at the schools who had no shoes.
The singer has also partnered with Exquisite Fragrances in a deal in which the company will donate 10 percent of all the male perfumes during the imminent festive season to Kawara’s humanitarian causes.
Kawara has pledged to pay school fees for 15 pupils at Ushamba Primary and Secondary Schools from January next year.
The Karwiyo singer, who intends to roll out the programme to other schools throughout the country, wants Zimbabweans to join him in donating exercise books, pens, pencils, rulers, pencil cases, crayons, manila sheets, markers and bond paper to disadvantaged schools.
Kawara’s programme also hopes to encourage Zimbabweans to assist underprivileged children with jerseys, uniforms, dresses, shirts, trousers, shoes and hats.