Young philanthropist changes lives of underprivileged children Tinashe Mapfinya

Trust Freddy

Youth Interactive Writer

A 23-year-old Harare-based entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tinashe Mapfinya, is making a significant impact in his community through his charity organisation.

Despite his young age, Mapfinya through his  Alpha Youth Trust has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to philanthropy, donating at least US$1 000 worth of goods every month to underprivileged children.

Additionally, he has converted his mother’s house in Masvingo  into a rehabilitation centre for street children and has a capacity to accommodate up to 30 children.

His  journey into philanthropy began during his high school days at Ndarama High School when he was just 15 years old.

“I founded my own club, The Golden Pearl, in Form 3 at the age of 15,” Mapfinya  told Youth Interactive Section.

“We would visit Mucheke Old People’s Home, offering services like laundry and doing chores because we didn’t have the funds to donate.

“We would collect donations from fellow students at Ndarama High and bring them to the old people’s home.

“I used my pocket money from my mother to start a small business, buying and selling items to raise money for a poultry project at Mucheke Old People’s Home.”

Undeterred by the setbacks, Mapfinya  continued his entrepreneurial pursuits and eventually managed to establish a charity organisation after completing his A Level studies.

“After completing Form 6, I didn’t choose college; instead, I started importing goods and selling. With the money I earned, I started a recruiting service and formed my company, Recruitlarge.

“Although it wasn’t my first venture, I had started several businesses that failed, but I didn’t give up. I know that wherever there is risk, there is profit. When I registered with the United Nations as a recruitment agency, my business started to thrive.”

The profits from his ventures become the seed he sows into Alpha Youth Trust, a beacon of hope for vulnerable children.

Commenting on the house that has been converted into the Zion Rehabilitation Centre, Mapfinya said: “The reason we established a rehabilitation centre is that we realized that simply removing children from the streets and placing them in a family setup is not enough.

“Within a week or two, they often return to the streets because they are not yet accustomed to a family environment.

“This rehabilitation centre will provide a safe space for children who have previously lived on the streets, and we will work with the Department of Social Welfare to identify and place these children in our care, as the law prohibits us from taking children directly from the streets.

“Our goal is to create a supportive community where these children can live together, share their experiences, and understand each other’s struggles. The centre has the capacity to accommodate up to 30 children.”

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