In order to improve the learning environment at four learning institutions the Danish relief group donated school furniture and supplies worth over 5 000 dollars
The goods which included desks and chairs computer tables, computers, school bags, were handed over to Ponesai Vanhu Junior school, Ponesai Vanhu technical college, Frontline institute and Batanai school.
In handing over the equipment and supplies the head of Danish delegation Else Hanne said “ This school equipment will not only improve the learning environment of students but will allow teachers to have educational resources and equipment to help them to be better teachers”
In addition she said “Donating old school desks and chairs is an earth-friendly initiative that will extend the useful life of your furniture and save trees”
Beneficiaries and teachers expressed their gratitude to the Danish relief group saying that the dignity of students has been restored and this is a first step to delivering quality education.
Ponesai Vanhu Junior school project leader Abigail Marira thanked the Danish relief group saying “we would like to thank the Danish relief group for this donation. Our children will moved from sitting on floors while doing their school work to occupy these desks and chairs. Decent table and chairs have a way of inspiring and allowing children perform better.” Donating old school furniture significantly reduces the ammount of unwanted assets going to dumpsites while reducing carbon emissions
Four medical facilities in Mashonaland central namely, Shamva district hospital ,Bindura Provincial hospital, Rutope clinic and Glamorgen clinic will operate easily following a generous donation of hospital equipment worth nearly 5 000 dollars from the Danish relief group recently. The goods which included wheel chairs, hospital beds, side table, linen, uniforms among other essentials was officially handed over to the respective hospitals by a visiting Danish relief representatives.
Speaking at the hand over event the leader of the Danish delegation Else Hanne said “We are happy to make this contribution to the four hospitals in this part of the country. We know the health sector in Zimbabwe has been facing many challenges and we hope this gesture will go a long way in helping both the patients and staff “
Beneficiaries and hospital staff expressed their gratitude to the Danish relief group saying the generous donation came at a critical time when the medical facilities were struggling to fully service their clients due to the shortage of beds and other hospital equipment. In some facilities the situation was so bad that some patients were resorting to sleeping on the floors, a situation that is less than ideal for sick people.
DAPP Zimbabwe representative who is the project leader of Hope Bindura Rebecca Njopera thanked the Danish relief group saying “We greatly appreciate the efforts by the Danish relief group which has been a key a partner to our development work for many years. This relationship has seen many communities benefiting from their generosity and we are proud to a part of this great initiative.
The Federation Humana People to People (Humana People to People) is pleased to release its Humana People to People Progress Report: 2016 and Beyond, demonstrating the value of its work over the past year.
The report includes an overview of projects delivered by Humana People to People members, summary of major achievements, data on total projects delivered, partners worked with, people reached, case studies of particularly successful projects delivered by its 31 members and some of its plans for 2017.
2016 was both a challenging and exciting year for Humana People to People: challenging as members adapted to evolving political realities and rapidly changing development challenges; but exciting as Humana People to People grew and established new partnerships across the globe, took on new challenges, expanded interventions, learned multiple lessons and enjoyed many new experiences.
Humana People to People remains more committed than ever to combating the increasingly complex challenges and threats facing the world today: migrant crises, epidemics, the effects of climate change, food insecurity and inequality, as the international community aligns its commitments with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for Manicaland Province, Honorable Mandiitawepi Chimene officially handed over the $1.5 million USAID funded Community Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Natural Resources Management project (C-WASH) project which has improved the health of 53,000 Zimbabweans from Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutasa, and Nyanga.
In a speech read on her behalf at the project closeout event held Sherukuru Secondary School in Mutasa Minister Chimene commended DAPP Zimbabwe’s timely implementation of CWASH saying “the project which is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, (CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION) stood shoulder to shoulder with the poor ,enhancing the community’s capacity in areas of Water management, sanitation and hygiene management and Natural resources management”. She praised the Training for Transformation initiative saying it not only develops a sense of ownership and responsibility among community members but ensures sustainability of the project beyond the funding period.
These achievements were highlighted by beneficiaries who shared their most significant change stories at the event. Notable was the impact of the project on pregnant mothers who now have ready access to clean and safe water, enabling hygienic environment and improved sanitation facilities. “Visiting the swat-hole toilets was an unbearable experience for expecting mothers while walking long distances to fetch clean water was equally painful. We are grateful to DAPP for bringing better toilets with raised seats that make it easy to use during pregnancy” said Melania Ziyambe of Mugari Village in Chipinge. She added that the C-WASH project also eliminated chances of their new born children catching diseases as they now have access to clean and safe water
Students from Sherukuru Secondary school expressed their gratitude to DAPP Zimbabwe and USAID saying their new toilet facilities were designed to cater for disabled students as well as their menstrual hygiene needs. “We are happy with our new toilets that allow us comfort while we are going through our menstruation period. We really appreciate that some of our disabled classmates will be able to also use the toilets without assistance” said the school Head girl.
Addressing the same gathering DAPP-Z Chairman, Mr. Ib Hansen, said “Clean water and sanitation are essential for human health and nutrition, food security, and economic growth. We are proud to work in partnership with these communities to improve sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in a way that will be sustainable over the long term.” He added that water remains a finite resource that needs conservation and called on the 53,000 beneficiaries to continue protecting and conserving water through upholding the principles and best practices they were taught by DAPP Zimbabwe and Zim-AHEAD.
USAID Zimbabwe shared their joy with the communities for the successful implementation of the project and reiterated their commitment to the people of Zimbabwe. USAID/ Zimbabwe Acting Mission Director Julie Nenon said: “USAID stands with the people of Zimbabwe to enable families to live healthier and more resilient lives. The successes we celebrate today have been made possible by the unity and hard work of the men, women, youth, and leaders in these communities.”
Running under the theme “C-WASH for sustainable water and sanitation facilities for communities”, the event brought together over 1,000 community members from the four districts (Chipinge, Chimanimani, Mutasa and Nyanga), government officials, Schools, USAID staff, other implementing partners and above all the beneficiaries to celebrate the achievements of C-WASH project.
C-WASH is a USAID-funded activity to improve the health and nutrition status of Zimbabweans by addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges. Through C-WASH, USAID and DAPP assisted communities to rehabilitate 237 community boreholes, establish 90 water pumps, construct 350 cattle drinking troughs, and conduct water quality testing on 327 boreholes and wells. The project supported the construction of 20 latrines at 20 schools using a new design that meets the needs of girls and boys and people with disabilities. C-WASH also supported 1,120 families to build latrines at their homesteads. In total, 53,000 Zimbabweans now have access to clean water and sanitation facilities. C-WASH was implemented from 2015 to 2017 in four districts: Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutasa, and Nyanga.
Huddling up in one corner of a dilapidated classroom block when it rains to sitting on the ground and bricks in class, that was a normal way of life for 170 students of Chemhondoro high school in Shamva district. Having seen the severe plight of these children, Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Zimbabwe with funding from the Japanese embassy will be implementing a project titled “The Project for improvement for the Educational Environment at Chemhondoro Secondary School in Shamva District” which will see the construction of a classroom block and 2 teachers houses at the school, renovation of a classroom block and completion of a toilet block
Speaking at the signing ceremony held at Chemhondoro Secondary School in December 2016, DAPP Partnership Director Mathias Paradzai said, “ DAPP Zimbabwe has been promoting education since 1980. It is from this background that the Chemhondoro school headmaster approached us to make an application to the Japanese Embassy on their behalf. Together we cam came up with a winning proposal that impressed the Japanese Embassy”
He added that “Education is one of the key pillars of our work and this partnership commits us to work together more closely towards our common goal of bringing development in this community through pursuing the provision of quality education in a conducive learning environment”
Speaking at the same occasionMr Dabide Tsunakake, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Japan to Zimbabwe notedthat the Embassy of Japan places great emphasis on the provision of basic human needs such as the right to a decent education. He also expressed his hope that the project would be successfully implemented with the support from community members.