The grant was awarded by the Global Youth Empowerment Fund, a partnership between Junior Chamber International (JCI) and the SDG Action Campaign (formerly the UN Millennium Campaign), which offers grants and training to youth-led projects and social enterprises that advance the Global Goals for Sustainable Development in local communities around the world.
Fix-Up Greenwood Park is a project initiated by JCI City Zimbabwe that aims to rehabilitate the park and increase its recreational and exercise facilities in order to increase the levels of physical activity and overall health and well-being of the community. The project contributes to mitigating climate change through greening the park and transforming it into a water-wise landscape. It also provides a nature-based health and wellness solution amid the rising incidence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Zimbabwe. Statistics by the WHO showed that NCDs accounted for 31% of all deaths in 2014. These stats are heart-breaking because NCDs are preventable through tackling the major risk factors including an unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. A needs analysis conducted prior to the project revealed that rehabilitating the park and putting up exercise equipment would increase park use by between 64.52% and 70.97%, while levels of exercise and physical activity would increase by about 62%. This exciting project aims to bring about a healthy park and a healthy community.
The project is being conducted in partnership with Harare City Parks and to date has received support from Mega Pak, Maritime Plastics, Simbisa Brands, Swift, the Zimbabwean Gardener, Tetrad Tree Foundation and Miracle Missions Trust.
JCI is worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 working to create positive impact in nearly 5,000 communities around the world. We believe that in order to create a better world, young people must channel their energies towards solving problems in their communities. JCI City Zimbabwe is one of seven JCI Zimbabwe chapters affiliated to JCI.
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