Enyandeni Peace Centre

Ukuthula Trust and Masakhaneni Projects Trust started working with the Enyandeni community in rural Gwanda after the 2008 elections which were quite violent, with political clashes between MDC and ZANU PF supporters. This violence resulted in many people sustaining serious injuries and the burning down of a farmhouse, which was used as a torture base by ZANU PF (Picture of quilt with burning house). Ukuthula and Masakhaneni worked with the community and facilitated the creation of a multi-party community-based committee that pioneered the rebuilding of the farmhouse which was then turned into a life skills training centre. Through the committee’s leadership, members of the Enyandeni community provided material and labour to rebuild the house turning what was once a torture base into a productive space. 

The Enyandeni Peace Centre
Enyandeni Peace Centre textiles

Skills training at the Centre

Sewing class making unifroms for the local primary school

Established in 2015, the Enyandeni skills centre offers skills and citizenship training targeting mainly the youth and women. The centre was established in response to the realization that women and youth in Matabeleland have limited opportunities to contribute meaningfully to decision making processes or income generation. The centre provides skills training in a number of fields that include computer literacy, building, welding, food preparation and sewing.   

Our first training class began in 2015. Scores of young people have been trained and graduated since. Upon graduation, our trainees are awarded certificates that they can then use to seek employment locally or elsewhere.

The centre also boasts a women’s quilting club. The club was established in 2009. This group of women has acquired skills in knitting and quilting. Their main project each is the production of a themed quilt. The themes include the socioeconomic conditions in the community, violence that the community has faced in the past, among others. Pictures of quilts. The women have also learnt to use cheap and easy to access materials to make goods that they can then sell and make some money. In 2016 they used E-pap plastic packages to knit colourful bags and handbags that they then sold at a profit. 

Building class graduates