Sometimes I'll catch myself smiling in the middle of the mundane, over the thought of all my new friends to be at YIP. The day after we received our acceptance letters a facebook page for all us future Yippies was posted so that we could start virtually meeting each other. I have to confess, I'm not generally into making relationships through the web, but due to this instance, I was beyond excited to scan through photos, and get an idea of all the new people I was about to share my life with! I just can't help but wonder about who else has been attracted to YIP and what exactly they have been up to till this very point in their lives. One of these such individuals is a young man named Irvine Muzuva, age 19 from Zimbabwe. We initially chatted on skype and since then have kept in casual contact keeping each other updated on how each of our arrangements are going for our journey ahead. As part of his preperations he has put together and indiegogo online fundraiser to help cover the cost of a Visa, medical insurance and flight ticket. Fortunately he has met his goal of $1700, but now feels that he has understimated the full amount necessary for this big adventure. Personally I feel that he has an extremely moving and inspiring story. At this point I am so eager to meet him in person, and share stories, thoughts and ideas, eye to eye. Every little bit will help to make this an easier trasition for him. Below, you will find a link to his campaign, personal website, and some of his words, about his life journey thus far. Take to a moment to Enjoy~
Mahalo Nui Loa
"Knowledge, collective leadership, personal leadership, and sustainability is power."-Irvine Muzuva-Art of Hosting practitioner, Kufunda Youth and a future Social Entreprenurer-
I am a young man who have lived with different families and experienced a lot of different things in terms of abuse and self-sufficient life at an early age. My father died when I was four years so I grew up living with my old grandmother, my brother and my nephew. My grandmother left us when I was twelve in 2006 and my brother and nephew were not even eighteen, we lived together like that as a child headed family for seven years. I have been involved with the NGOs that do work with orphans like Tsungirirai Young People We Care. Kufunda Village started paying for me when I was eleven years old till I was sixteen. But because of my own opinion I developed a mind that always tells me that I have to give back to the community in any way I can. So I attended a three months youth program where I did sustainable living, personal development, project management, and community development. The program made to realize that I could do something by accepting who is I and start using my gifts. I found my ground during the program being supported by leadership skills and I started a youth club that was helping youths from a neighboring community with a bad background, not educated and no hope. They started to think in an appreciative way and we were doing sustainable projects and conversations about youth hood. The youth club did not manage to move on but there is hope to continue, sharing one dream and hope and I believe it is one of the things I love and enjoy doing. I am taking initiatives at Kufunda village and I working towards my personal leadership growth. I have been at Kufunda for a year and I have stepped intoh hosting the convesations that (Art of Hosting www.artofhost.org) I am still learning and trying to find what to live by in life.