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IV Participant, Lucy Mazingi recognized as National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (NANGO) Director of the Year

October 30, 2009

Lucy Mazingi, the director of Youth Empowerment Trust (YET), who is an International Visitors Leadership Programme 2004 alumnus scooped the 2009 Director of the year award at a glittering ceremony organised by the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO) in Victoria Falls recently during the Directors’ Summer School.

Lucy has added her name to the list of exchange programmes participants who continue to shine and provide quality leadership that Zimbabwe badly needs. Coming as she is from the youth sector Lucy Mazingi has confirmed that there is serious need for Zimbabwe’s youth sector to begin to claim their space as leaders of today and not tomorrow. She bears testimony to the fact that investing in young people through different capacity building exchange programmes is a worthwhile investment for the country.

“This is a big surprise,” she said in an emotionally charged voice, “Thank you for recognising the work that we do with the youth. The youth sector is marginalised by many people who do not understand young people and only associate them with bad things such as violence and drug abuse,” said Mazingi.

Lucy has worked with the youth for a very long time and she finds her work with them revitalising: “I have helped lots of youths whom you see in many spheres of life. Sometimes we help these youths behind the scenes. Working with the youths makes me feel younger everyday and you would never guess my correct age by merely looking at me,” quipped Mazingi.

To land the Director of the Year accolade, Mazingi shrugged off stiff competition from NGO directors under Zimbabwe’s umbrella body who number more than a thousand.

The Zimbabwe-United States Alumni Association(ZUSAA) is pleased to be associated with Lucy and the good work that she is doing and believes that Zimbabwean youth will continue to benefit not only from her but from the skills of other alumni association members.