Musician Shyman has started a charity project of collecting reading books and toys in the United States of America where he is currently staying to give to the people in need back home in Zambia.
The artiste who is trying to lead by example and live his own message in the song ‘ says he is inspired to do this as a way of giving back.
“I am collecting books ,Toys ,Shoes ,clothes that can be used back home .And donating them to Community schools and so on,” he says.
“So far I told my high school friend Lweendo Khumalo a Zambian based here who spoke to her friend and together we have organized books which will go to Nsobe Trust school where I am ambassador.
We are not looking at helping only my school Nsobe Trust school but any other school that might need this.”
Shyman says he has further engaged himself in various fundraising projects to see that the initiative takes off.
“ So far we have raised half of what is needed to export the books.We need like $1200 we have already raised 600. Besides that, I took part in a fundraiser event in Atlanta organized by Atlanta Zambian women with Influence in raising funds for 120 orphaned girls of Lukomba Primary and secondary in Kapiri,”he says.
“I also have performed at no fee at the Zambian event which was in DC to help raise funds for the Albino shelter in Zambia. Even though I feel my music is getting buried and not recieving much airplay back home, it’s helping me do good for my people back home.”
Shyman says his music is bringing the change and life he wants to see.
“ Like my song Tandizo says, Ilipo Tandizo,Osalindila bantu bena ,Ise pano ndise Tandizo,’ (there is help always, don’t wait for other people to give help, we are the help’). So we are sending 55 to 60 boxes as soon as we have reached the targeted $1200 for shipping,” he explains.
“The project is called Komana Foundation:Komana means Joy and that’s what we trying to do is to bring joy in ones life.”