Transformation Innovation Hub (TIH), a refugee youth-led initiative has built a house made up of cycled plastic bottles in Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge to recycle and up cycle waste materials and to protect the environment and raise awareness about waste reduction.
According to up cycle Africa, the house is expected to last up to more than 500 years since it depends on the sustainability of plastic bottles.
The innovative house will serve as a safe space to implement income generating activities as training tools for youths, , support marginalized youths unleash their potential through education, trainings and skill development, create self-organized learning space for social entrepreneurship and job creation and lastly train, coach, and mentor youths in order to raise the quality of their vocational skills.
Transformation Innovation Hub (TIH) aims to create a world where refugee and local disadvantaged youths are self-sustainable and are economic actors who fully contribute to their host communities. They envision a society with purposeful youth that take part in building their future and developing their countries.
The short term projected impact is to use that space to educate refugee youths and local youths in providing them a mind-set, skills and capabilities to start an enterprise and the long-term projected impact is to reduce the refugee unemployment rate by 10% and create 3000 jobs in Zimbabwe by 2030.
TIH seeks to provide job opportunities to youth in Tongogara refugee camp (Zimbabwe) and local through supporting them in discovering their inner ability, finding their life purpose, while aligning them to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and developing their skills to enable them to create self-sustainable social enterprises in order to turn problems into opportunities and become job creators.
Evod Hakizimana, a Burundian refugee and the founder of TIH stated that despite he is a refugee surviving from hand to mouth, he has been able to save some money from the allowances he has been getting lately in trainings which happened outside of the country.
“We have been using contributions from savings generated by me and Kesiya Stamili Ramazani who attended the Social Innovation Academy (SINA) social entrepreneurship programme in Uganda.” he said
“We have also started reaching out to other supporters. SINA has agreed to work with us and has supported the project with $15.786. We believe after three years TIH will be able to fully cover its own cost through revenues and finding new donors and we know with dedication and hard work, we can do it.” He added
TIH is seeking aid in order to make the Hub fully functional. Firstly the installation of 5kv solar system will have an impact in several ways, security fence, Wi-Fi set up for scholars to be equipped with technological skills, a tank for water of 5000 litres to facilitate an easy access to drinking water, sustainability plan of the project (beans project) making the total of USD $9000.