After a successful and eventful 2019, DIFTK was looking forward to an even better 2020, with an even greater impact on the communities we serve. We got off to a flying start but unfortunately due to the pandemic we find ourselves in the trajectory we were on saw a decline in the level of activity.

We started the year off with an event that was centered around our volunteers which was in the form of a bring and share picnic. The event was aimed at getting to know our volunteers, get feedback from them on their volunteering experiences, as well as share our vision for the year ahead with them. Impressive to see was the wide age range of our volunteers, with people in their early teens to young adults in attendance. A huge thank you goes to the Natural History Museum for providing the venue as well as a tour of the museum for all our volunteers. 

In the spirit of fundraising, raising awareness of our organisation – it’s vision and ongoing projects, as well as launching of a new logo, DIFTK hosted it’s 2nd annual Charity Dinner. A night full of delicious food, great entertainment – poetry, saxophone, guitar, vocals, dance, all in an atmosphere of LOVE. Proceeds from the dinner went towards #Kids2school, a DIFTK initiative which facilitates the education of underprivileged children on the verge of dropping out of school by providing necessary stationery and paying school fees for the identified students. The event was a success and a huge thank you goes to all who contributed, a list too long to exhaust in this article.

DIFTK in association with Keep Bulawayo Clean continued with their weekly routine of clean ups prior to the lockdown. The duo also took it a step further this year and hosted a Tree Planting Day in Bulawayo as well as Lupane where our volunteers did exactly that, tree planting. And for the lucky volunteers who travelled to Lupane, they got themselves a complimentary boat cruise. On the same day another group of volunteers set out to Healing with Horses where they helped with weeding, a different kind of service that ultimately serves the kids! 

Amongst other things we carried from previous years into 2020 was volunteering with Feed the City, an organisation we’ll mention again later in this article. DIFTKers went out to help pack meals to help the less privileged in our community. 

Then came the lockdown!

 With the underrated privilege of coming together and being around fellow DIFTKers stripped from us, we had to take to the virtual world as a mode of service. From encouraging reading, and continuous contribution to the DIFTK blog, our team has made great efforts to keep the community’s minds active. With the temptation of leading a sedentary lifestyle at an all time high, we organised a Virtual Charity Home Workout in partnership with Participants had to make a donation in order to take part in the fun filled yet energy taxing workout. Proceeds from the event were directed towards Feed the City, who are doing a splendid job of identifying family in need during this lockdown and providing them with food stuffs. 

2020 might not be going the way we envisioned it, but DIFTK is always excited to serve the community in a fun and effective way despite the conditions we find ourselves in. So keep your ears to the ground for more ways you can be of service to the community with @Doit4theKidz.