“It takes a village to raise a child’ – African Proverb.
Tyrone Havnar, the founder of I REACH OUT MY HAND AFRICA (IROMHA) came up with solutions to support and provide care services to the less fortunate and vulnerable groups, which are homeless and destitute, those that are living with HIV, the young, disabled, the elderly in African communities.
The organization was formed to empower marginalized citizens, especially the rural areas. The TRUST works in partnership with the central governance, local authorities, civil institutions, advocacy, women’s groups, and young adults to positively influence the attainment of resources and equality. IROMHA. IROMHA believes every individual has an opportunity to attain their full potential through a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural and educational programs that will promote understanding, voluntarism, and good will.
IROMHA started in 2010 in Zimbabwe and the very first project was a soup kitchen in Mbare that was hosted every Friday and it was moved on to hosting a talent show in Hatcliffe, Harare where the team felt the necessity of recreation and talent shows. It helps when it comes to mental health and depression. The major drive is to reach out to all young people who are rarely or not recognized, most individuals are not cut for the traditional educational training but have talents and skills that if natured will help them lead a normal life with important resources for them in place.
Tyrone said: “My social change journey happened to start when I was very young because these negative experiences shaped me and helped me see how others around me needed help. Even without finances I still started as I knew even a polite word can shape someone, this is something that I yeaned to hear but it never really came, it was like expecting that one letter which would transform one’s life that the postmaster never delivered. I wished for someone anywhere out there to come to my rescue but that never happened as well, I had to persevere and become that person for myself.”
“I stand firm and advocate for children’s learning experiences and nutrition in remote areas where in 2020 I started a leaning centre that caters for children who have no privileges to mainstream education. One of my leadership values is recognizing that each one of us needs all of us and we should strive to work together in accord rather than in opposition,” said Tyrone.
As the organization name says I Reach Out My Hand Africa, it is after all time to reach out our hands to Africa through this journey.
Tyrone said he will be embarking on a journey through Africa, to volunteer his time at each children’s home or learning institution. Through his journey he will: share my life journey and inspire youngsters and upcoming social change makers, learn from people he meet and develop myself, encourage experiential learning for children and youths, talk about the importance of mental health in children, document challenges faced by social change makers and put into publication, establish partnerships that will help in creating a better model to best save children especially those in marginalized communities and most of all, volunteer his time with others.
The journey will commence on the 1st of April 2023 and successfully end on the 17th of May 2023.
“My journey starts in Zimbabwe towards South Africa where i will visit 1 children’s home along the way before I set off for Botswana where I will be visiting one children’s home and one educational centre. In this I will be sharing the importance of experiential learning and encouraging children to choose a career path which they can change up until they find what they truly desire. Talk about the importance of keeping children’s mental health in check with the guardians and care givers. And after all, enjoy the time creating memories with the little ones,” he said.
For further details: http://www.iromhafrica.weebly.com/