Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Zimbabwe HOPE Bindura in partnership with UFF-Humana has launched a youth communication center aimed at improving internet access and computer literacy skills among in and out of school youths in Mashonaland Central Province. The communication center which is an initiative of two HOPE Bindura volunteers is expected to increase access to information through innovative, interactive Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) based solutions.
Speaking during the official opening of the center, Minister of state affairs and devolution for Mashonaland Central Province Honorable Monica Mavhunga said, the timely intervention of UFF- Humana comes at a time where social concern on drug abuse, reckless behavior and early child, marriages has been on the rise in Mashonaland Central Province. “I believe this center will not only strengthen skills development but will also open up new employment opportunities and increase incomes for sustainable growth”. Honorable Mavhunga commended the duo who spearheaded the formation of the center saying that the true development happens when people work hand in hand to improve their communities.
Speaking at the same occasion DAPP Program’s Director Ruth Makumbe highlighted that communication facility will bridge the digital divide and aid students in their studies and soft skills development. Ruth Makumbe further said DAPP aims to extend such initiatives to other provinces in line with the government’s rural digital transformation drive. “We will continue to support the Government of Zimbabwe in its efforts to ensure that communities have access to Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development”
The co-founders of the Youth Communication Centre initiative Tatenda Muchawuya and Ross Phiri said they hope that the center will act at as portal to a global village that is critical for youth. “Connectivity is a key driver of youth development and thanks to UFF-Humana, the young people of Mashonaland central will have access to new opportunities across the board”
DAPP HOPE Bindura Program’s Manager Becky Njopera said the center is on the trot despite being in the infant stages. “So far 300 youths have visited the center and 25 have received computer literacy training. We hope to reach out to more young people with various skills development trainings”
The Acting Country Director for DAPP Zimbabwe Luckson Soda took the opportunity of the UFF-Humana funded Bindura Youth Communication Center, official launch, to accentuate the long-standing relationship between DAPP Zimbabwe and her sister organization, He appreciated the gesture of selflessness demonstrated by the people of Denmark in sourcing the much-needed resources for development work in Zimbabwe. “UFF-Humana supports the work in Zimbabwe through partnering with other development agencies in Denmark like Recycling for Development and Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) who have been pillars of support to our emergency and development work. The gesture is especially huge, coming to the Zimbabwean community, where only one quarter of the population is said to have access to the internet and about 23% have access to a computer”.
Luckson Soda highlighted that the computers and second-hand furniture has added immense value to the community by redefining the youth culture which now consists of visiting the center for research and recreation both of which are critical in shaping the innovative future of the youths. “I envision the center being a hive of activity for thousands of youths coming to interact and learn”. He could also see the continued relationship with UFF-Humana as a window of opportunity for reaching out to other marginalized districts of Zimbabwe.
My name is Sylvia Chikwamba I’m a 57 year old small scale farmer from Mvere village in ward 19 of Mutasa District. I am the sole bread winner for my family of 4. Working in my small field for years I noticed a significant decline in my harvest resulting in us not having enough food for the household.
DAPP through the Sign of Hope Project came to my rescue. I was enrolled in the project where we were introduced us to Agroforestry as a means of making an income and environmental protection. I, like many other villagers used to cut trees for firewood and for domestic use as well as for selling to generate income but now I am in the forefront of educating others of the benefits of adopting Agroforestry
Through lessons conducted by DAPP we established tree nurseries and we are sell seedlings as well as conducting budding and grafting. I am proud to say that each month I generate between USD 20.00 to USD30.00 from selling trees from my nursery. I have also established a woodlot with 100 fruit trees which I expect to generate income from selling fruits as well as improve nutrition for my children in the near future.
Armed with the skills and knowledge of growing trees to replace those that are cut down we are playing our part in fighting climate change.
Furthermore, I’m now a proud empowered woman who is now capacitated in conservative smart agriculture and also in leadership skills. I look forward in educating my fellow community members with the skills I now have thanks to DAPP and Sign of Hope
The right to health belongs to every person, regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much money they have. Now that COVID-19 vaccines have been found, it must be available to all people. In all countries. Free of charge. It must be a People’s Vaccine.
Inequality and poverty are depriving people in the race to roll out COVID-19 vaccination mostly in the middle and low income countries. It cannot be a business as usual, with a for-profit approach, there needs to be a change. One that saves lives and helps the battle against the coronavirus.
‘A COVID-19 vaccine must be seen as a global public good, a people’s vaccine,’ said the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the 4 June 2020, Global Vaccine Summit. The key message shared by the UN Secretary General is at the center of the growing concern for making the COVID-19 vaccine free for all and not a profit venture.
Humana People to People have joined The People’s Vaccine Alliance, a growing movement calling for COVID-19 vaccine to be treated as a public good and not for profit. The People’s Vaccine Alliance is a coalition of organisations including Amnesty International, Free the Vaccine, Frontline AIDS, Global Justice Now, Oxfam, Public Citizen, SumOfUs, Tearfund, UNAIDS and the Yunus Centre.
The solidarity shared among these progressive health and humanitarian organisations, past and present world leaders, health experts, faith leaders and economists is centered on urging for safe and effective vaccines development, rapid production at scale and made available for all people, in all countries, free of charge.
Our best chance of staying safe is to ensure a COVID-19 vaccine is available for all as a global common good. This will only be possible with a transformation in how vaccines are produced and distributed — pharmaceutical corporations must allow the COVID-19 vaccines to be produced as widely as possible by sharing their knowledge free from patents.
Instead they are protecting their monopolies and putting up barriers to restrict production and drive up prices, leaving the majority of humanity in less endowed countries in danger. No one company can produce enough for the whole world. As long as vaccine solutions are kept under lock and key, there would not be enough to go around. We need a People’s Vaccine, not a profit vaccine.
Emerging economic powerhouses such as China and India are starting to donate some of their COVID-19 vaccines to the Less Developed Countries of Asia, Africa, South and Central America. The good gesture is worth applauding, especially coming from two countries which have their own challenges to overcome.
Humana People to People support the People’s Vaccine Alliance in calling on the first world countries’ governments and the big pharmaceutical companies holding the COVID-19 power dynamics to ensure that the COVID-19 vaccines are provided free of charge to everyone
Small holder women farmers have struggled to access markets for their produce , a situation that have left them with stunted growth in the sector.
DAPP Zimbabwe with support from Canada Funds for local initiatives conducted a 2 day digital marketing training exercise for women farmers at Siyalima Farm in Guruve.
The training was centered around how they can effectively use their mobile devices to increase their market reach, strengthen linkages and earn more from their crops.
Beneficiaries says the training at the opportune time when online trading is the only option due to the nationwide Covid -19 lockdown
“Due to the current prevailing Covid-19 lockdown its been very difficult to go to the market as usual so this training on sell using phones from the comfort of our homes will open new markets to us and we can do it from home” Stella Chatambudzika
The project officer at Siyalima Paul Majongwe said though most of the beneficiaries face several challenges from cultural, social factor , time this type of training has made a significant impact and has broken down barriers and is allowing both women and men to engage and unlock the benefits of online platforms. “Our goal is to encourage these small scale farmers to look beyond their community to seek out better markets and pricing for their produce through the use of these technologies”
” It is critical that our focus remains on gender mainstreaming and inclusivity hence we ensured that the training encouraged full participation from both men and women in an effort to fight poverty and increase agricultural production, access to markets, raise family income for the development.” said Majongwe
My name is Gogo Manyika and I am 76 years old. I live in Tsanzaguru in Makoni district with my oldest son Andrew, his wife and children. For as long as I have been alive I have not faced something that has shaken me so much like what we have seen this year. Because our village is very far from the city we hardy hear about what is happening around the country but since the beginning of the year we have been hearing rumors about a new disease which is killing a lot of people in the cities and here in the rural areas.
Many people were saying this Corona Virus is a flu that kills while others said it is not that dangerous. Not being sure of what it is made me and my family very afraid and we didn’t know who to listen to and where to get information.
It was only after hearing more information about the disease called COVID-19 through a DAPP Zimbabwe radio program that I began to understand what it is, how it spreads and how I can protect myself and family from contracting it. The radio program explained the importance of always wearing our masks and washing our hands with soap and running water to prevent Corona virus. We also heard how to properly self-isolate when you suspect that you have been infected with the virus.
Though I don’t know when the disease will end we are happy to have some information that helps us to remain calm and protect my family. I am now sharing the information I heard through the radio to my family members and others so that we don’t catch or spread COVID-19. Thanks to DAPP we have the correct information about COVID-19
DAPP Zimbabwe with financial support from UFF HUMANA and Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) implemented the Early Actions program to contribute towards containing the spread of COVID-19 in Makoni District of Manicaland province. A key part of the activities included COVID-19 information dissemination through working closely with the Ministry of health and child care to reach out to the Manicaland community via Radio and community outreach. Radio continues to play a key role in timely and factual information dissemination to remote areas around Zimbabwe.