About Tariro Youth Project
Who We Are
Tariro Youth Project is a private voluntary organization whose aims are to rebuild broken dreams, hopes, and lives and avoid multiple rejections of the youth in our society. It is a family built on the Christian foundations. The Family consists of boys and girls whose talents lay dormant. The agenda is to assist the children to achieve their dreams and become responsible God fearing persons. Our core values are Hope, Faith and unconditional Love. Tariro is a shona word which means hope. This is also a key element of Christian faith from which our name (Tariro) is derived.
The love of our Lord Jesus brought us all together as family and hence we aim to practise His love to one another. Deutro 6:4-9 says
”Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them where you sit in your house, and when you talk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and your gates.”
What began as an abstract a dream became a reality. TYP was born in August 2009. This was after a long incubation period of almost seven years (2003) under the name Tariro-Tabarana.
As aforesaid Tariro is a shona word for Hope (in Zimbabwe) and Tabarana is a Kirundi word for unconditional love (in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda).
To rebuild broken lives and dreams through faith, hope and unconditional love.
Is to make a difference in the lives of as many young people as possible. We are guided by Jesus’ words “Love one another so that the world will know that you are my disciples.”
Is to nurture young people spiritually and intellectually, then launch them into the community as Christ’s servants and ambassadors.
Rev.Fr Phillip Mutasa, a Zimbabwean Businessman (as its Chairman). Dr Beata Tumushime, an Ophthalmic Surgeon, Ugandan (as Vice, affectionately known as Grandma).
One may then ask, what do these individuals have in common?
- They are all Christians, ready and willing to put the command Love thy neighbour into action.
- They love music and dance particularly Gospel.
- They have a passion for the youth, especially orphans and the disadvantaged; this is a huge challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Their purpose driven desire to make a difference to the world, our future. What a better place to start than the youth
Father Nicolas Stebbing is a monk with the Community of Resurrection in the UK. He has strong ties with Zimbabwe where he was ordained as a Priest. He was deported by the Smith regime at the height of the liberation war. He resumed his ties after independence and during one of his many visits, he brought a vibrant young man by the name of Carl Nicholas Melville to experience Zimbabwe.Carl was linked up with Tariro Tabarana and so began metamorphosis of Tariro Tabarana into Tariro Youth Project. Carl maintained contact after going back to the UK and started fundraising for setting up TYP house in Sunridge, Mabelreign. When Carl came back in 2009 all was set for the setting up of Tariro Youth Project on 11th August 2009.
In His mercy The Lord continued and continues to give us His willing servants who offer their time, resources, knowledge and skills such as
- Miidzo Gozo- our bookkeeper
- Barbra Ncube-professional counsellor for the children
- Francois Mukuna ( a former Tabarana member)-who designed and updates this website
- Rev.Fr Naboth Manzongo-Trustee who spends most Thursdays playing soccer with the children
- The late Mrs Lucy Motsi
- Sr Plaxedes Munateyi (Community of the Blessed Lady Mary (CBLM))- the house mother