Nyari Mashayamombe – Editor in Chief
In this interview Identities Media (IM) caught up with Rev Taylor Nyanhete (RTN) to catch up and learn about his life in ministry and advocating for the welfare of children. We are thrilled to bring this story to you. Enjoy!
IM: Tell us about yourself?
RTN: I am Rev. Fr. Taylor Nyanhete aged 62; a minister of religion with the Episcopal Anglican Church in Zimbabwe. I am also the Archdeacon for Rusape/Nyanga Archdeaconry.
I serve God in these portfolios on a part time basis. I am the National Director for Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children where I am employed on a fulltime basis. I am a Licenced practising professional counsellor.
I am a widow, father to five children and six grand-children. I have managed to oversee the growth of ZNCWC nationally, regionally and internationally since the time I joined in 2006 to date.
I have also led the Registration of the developmental arm of the church as a Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO).
I have also contributed to the recognition of Professional Counsellors Association by the Allied Health Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (AHPZ). This has seen the licencing of Councillors for practice legally and ethically.
IM: What drives the work that you do?
RTN: The desire to change people’s lives through empowerment using rights-based approach to programming. This approach puts people at the centre of development.
Seeing the disadvantaged members of the community realizing their potential in life. To be an agent of change for people especially women, children and people with disabilities.
To see people enjoying all their rights as enshrined in the constitution of the country, especially the right to shelter, name & identity for children, a clean environment, adequate food security, being listened to and the right to quality education and employment opportunities. To be an enabler.
IM: What do you see in the near future?
RTN: I see a future where young people become employers. A future where children are fully protected and enjoy their rights. A future where we have adequate social security facilities that cater for everyone, young and old.
A society that values inclusivity of people with disabilities. I also see a future for myself where I become an elder to my community, as an adviser and being valued for the contribution to the community including the church and the country. I also want to see myself as a business person in the social services area. I see myself as a great grandfather.
IM: What are your parting words or advice?
RTN: I see a world where people are able to meaningfully contribute to the growth of their families, communities and society. People must be prepared to work hard and retain integrity in all dealings with other people.
People must shun corruption into acquiring their assets. Young people need to value themselves, avoid behaviour that shortens their lives.
Girls need to value themselves by taking time to educate themselves. People with disabilities need to believe in themselves, and also work towards challenging barriers that denies them the right to enjoy their lives.