We are all a part of something bigger than us. A family, a community, an environment, a nation. And there is a comforting clarity in that the benefit and wellbeing of every individual is linked and connected. We all have a part to play. Our role in this relationship is to demonstrate and act through programmes and events that will lead to the over all benefit of the Third parties, Corporates and Governments. The following initiatives are particularly drafted for the community, our community’s mental health, physical environment and overall wellbeing.
We believe trees greatly benefit the people living around them by having a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing, reducing stress and encouraging outdoor exercise. This is in addition to the benefits they will receive from an improved environmental quality and improved amenity which comes with planted areas. CAS-PVO intends on planting 2 and a half million trees between 2021 and 2025. This initiative will support the W4life trilogy of events, programmes for mental health facilities and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services by introducing tree planting as a part of rehabilitation, education and conservation.
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Tree Planting Initiative
Tree planting is one of the most enticing activities that better the world and its environment. This activity has not only become a way to engage with nature but with time has become a necessity in preserving it. Besides adding beauty and serenity to our environment, trees play one of the biggest roles where they provide us with many long-term and short-term benefits. They remove and store carbon from the atmosphere, slow heavy rain and so reduce the risk of flooding, enhance air quality and improve the urban heat island effect by reflecting sunlight and providing shade. In addition, the physical weight of a tree consists of approximately 50% carbon, as such trees have a strong climate change mitigation effect when in high enough numbers.
The world is ever-changing and the process of adapting can be very challenging, discouraging and in many instances, detrimental. Our Zimbabwe is an environment constantly in motion and we believe those who have mastered the ability to persevere and evolve are in the perfect position to assist and educate the others. The most recent change the world is still transitioning through is the Covid 19 pandemic which has shown us the serious need for adapting and growing through change. We have partnered with Worldmaker International, an international non-governmental organization that collaborates globally across disciplines to improve our understanding of human resilience and provide frameworks, education and practical resources to enable communities to become more resilient before, during, and after adversity. Through this initiative, we ensure that members of our community are able to prepare, adapt and grow through change.
W4Life is embarking on a unique journey to restore equilibrium in the space of one generation. To bring to life the role conservation and the wilderness has to play in improving mental well being in Sub-Saharan Africa. The W4Life team will harness nature and embark on four extreme endurance events in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, to raise funds and showcase the power of the natural world, conservation, the wilderness and the importance of equilibrium in our everyday lives.
Using the funds raised by the events, W4Life will create a purpose-built Education and Research Centre close to the heart of one of Africa’s greatest wilderness areas, Mana Pools; an area featured in the recent Sir David Attenborough BBC television series Dynasties. The ERC will enable the latest education and research on conservation in order to protect our natural environments and how we can harness the healing power of the wilderness to improve our mental well being and restore equilibrium.
Wellness Festival (Wellfest)
Wellness Festivals (Wellfest™) are a combination of physical activities and music that aim to raise awareness on health issues while providing networking opportunities between users of health services and service providers. We held what we hoped would be the first of many wellness festivals in 2019. We received overwhelming support with an attendance of 15,000 people. Wellfest™ 2019 was held under the Theme: Rhythm And Beat Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, “Strive to Survive – Shinga Urarame”. We are anticipating another wellness festival as soon as the pandemic and its challenges become manageable for events.