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Bobbito Touches ZIM!

Written by H4H All Star in Zimbabwe, Norest Shenje

Robert “Bobbitto” Garcia touched down at the Harare International Airport on Monday the 27th ofSeptember 2010. He was met and warmly welcomed by the H4H Zim team in the afternoon that was ready to host him. Members of the press were also at the airport, the News DailyThe Herald and the H Metro. There were models amongst the team to spice up the welcome.

The first thing on his itinerary was the Bobbito Camp that kicked off at 1430hrs. It was hosted at the City Sports Center on the basketball court that he helped build. the camp was attended by selected kids from the areas H4H is active in and was attended by 80 kids. He took them through ball handling drills, shooting, defense and passing. His energy rubbed off to the kids and the whole camp was on fire. He spent two and a half hours with the kids and the H4H Zim team took over at 1700hrs and facilitated the life-skills of the day.

We played the game I AM AT RISK and we touched on the risky behaviours that people close their eyes to and lead to the contraction of HIV/AIDS. The game touched on the risks of having multiple sexual partners and the risk people take when they do not use protection when they have sex. The camp was kept active with ice-breaking dance and songs.

In the evening, Bobbito was taken to Dzivarasekwa  Community Basketball court where H4H Zim started. He was scheduled to Dj at the open air court from 2000hrs through to 2200hrs. He got behind the turn tables and ignited the court with old school jamz. His Dj skills were money and he quickly earned a lot of respect from the crowed gathered to dance the night away.

On Tuesday the 28th he was to go to Domboshava but was rather too tired to do anything in the morning. The camp in the scorching sun and the flight had drained his energy. He stayed the whole morning and we had lunch at the center. At 1400hrs it was again time to do more work and we took him on a tour of the H4H Harare program. he went around some of the areas we are active in and he got the feel of the programs. He went to Dzivarasekwa, Kuwadzana, Mufakose, Glen View, Glen Norah and lastly Highfield. He was warmly welcomed by the All-stars, MVPs and the kids in all the areas he visited and they thanked him for the job he does back home. He received letters, write ups, art and crafts done for him by the kids.

We picked him up at his hotel early on Wednesday and we took him to the airport. We said our goodbyes and we left him to check-in and we headed back for the office. We spent a short time with him but we felt like we had known him for a very long time. He quickly adapted to the environment and the family as soon as he jumped off the plane.