yvonne chakachaka.jpgSouth African songstress Yvonne Chaka Chaka is in the country to learn more about the situation of children and women in Zimbabwe and identify opportunities for support and engagement.

 

The name Yvonne Chaka Chaka reminds many Zimbabweans of a talented songstress from neighbouring South Africa who became a household name through her hits like Umqhomboti and  Motherland.

 

 Yvonne arrived in the country on Monday, coming as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

 

The artist’s first port of call,  this Tuesday, was at the Family Support Trust at Harare hospital where the music star could not control her tears after listening to some stories of sexual abuse from teenagers who are being rehabilitated at the clinic.

 

Yvonne expressed dismay at what some of the children are going through such as the rape of some young girls and boys who are as a result of the abuse get infected with HIV.

 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka also took some time to tour the family support trust offices and commended the psychosocial support that is offered to victims of child sexual abuse.

 

Mrs Eunice Garura, programme manager at Family Support Trust said the centre offers support to more than 3000 children and the programme is scaling up both response and prevention of child sexual abuse.

 

Yvonne is also expected to attend commemorations, this Wednesday in Harare to mark the Day of the African child which is going to be held under the theme ‘Partnerships on children’s rights and budgeting for children’.