Our team was asked to fundraise and manage a new youth hall building project in Harare, Zimbabwe with a budget of zero. We took on the task of turning an old basement into a vibrant community youth hall in under 12 months.
With an economy that doesn't work, with banks shutting down, and almost every business owner complaining about how tight things are, we needed to get the youth in Harare to buy into the project and take chunks of the fundraising pie through little projects.
It's a challenge to get young people who are constantly lit up by social media to think about a longterm project and get their hands dirty. Music albums were launched and proceeds given to the basement. Cars were washed, fashion shows (although really small) were put on, cocktails were held, and numerous other efforts to contribute to this community space where people could share, develop, and connect in a safe and amped environment.
It also couldn't be just a normal space. Atmosphere sets the stage for momentum—whether it's a youth innovation hall, a non-profit trailer, corporate offices or a studio. It couldn't be a place that had old chairs, minimal lighting to save on energy costs, a broken ping-pong tables, or weird signs. This place had to carry its own identity.
Considering the longterm impact of what this space could do for the education of teens, local entrepreneurs, and aspiring young careers, we knew this was worth it. Besides bars, pubs and a few coffee shops, this is a different space that formulates a community springboard to people’s lives and ideas, and helps them to grow in all aspects of life.
It's already packed out every weekend and has started to generate revenue from month one. This is also the home of our monthly Startup Pitch Nights.
Click here to read the announcement of the grand opening.