DAPP Zimbabwe and Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe officially launched the European Union funded Youth Actions on implementation and monitoring of disability rights in Zimbabwe program.
The launch event, attended by high level dignitaries set the tone for the work ahead to ensure inclusion and participation of youth with disabilities (YWD) in decision making. Speaking at the launch DAPP Zimbabwe Director Mathias Paradzai said “ DAPP’s experience in working at grassroots level provides the right starting point to strengthen partnerships between stakeholders to increase visibility and involvement of Youth with disabilities in development processes. The actions will empower these YWDs with knowledge about their rights as well as governance and leadership skills”
Leonard Cheshire Zimbabwe director Greaterman Chivandire chimed in saying “ The implementation of these actions is expected to see increased access to education; health; employment and other livelihoods opportunities; political participation and social protection services for people with disabilities in the two countries in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ”
The action objective is to contribute towards the promotion, respect, protection and equal and full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disability in Zimbabwe and Zambia. In Zimbabwe the three year program will be implemented by DAPP in Bindura, Shamva and Rushinga districts benefiting 800 YWD while Cheshire Home society will be implementing the program in Zambia with 400YWD.
Official launch of Youth actions on Implementation and monitoring of Disability Rights in Zimbabwe
My name is Syprain Muzenya and I am a field officer working with TC-TB integrated program covering the Urban area of Makoni District .
Through the TB program, I found that actively supporting people who test positive for Tuberculosis goes a long way in ensuring that after they are initiated on treatment they adhere to it as per prescribed by the doctor.
As a field officer, I engage trained community volunteers in that respective community to spearhead the formation of a treatment buddy group (TRIO) to support the TB person to adhere to treatment.
The composition of a TRIO can be family members, a neighbor or one or two good friends. Together with the the trained community volunteers, we work side by side with the infected and affected family to stop the spread of TB. We urge family members test for TB as they have direct contact to someone infected.
In order to stop the spread we of TB encourage that :
The house should have adequate ventilation
anyone who coughs should be educated on cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene, and should follow such practices at all times
while smear positive, TB patients should
- –spend as much time as possible outdoors
- –sleep alone in a separate, adequately ventilated room, if possible
- –spend as little time as possible in public gatherings or in public transport.
We also help the families establish a vegetable garden to improve nutrition for the family and patient. This initiative has worked well in my area, since we started the program in the District of Makoni. Since the inception of the program in Vengere, a total of 8 people were detected TB positive and all were initiated on TB treatment. Through trio system, 2 clients have successfully completed their treatment and are doing well. 6 people are still on TB treatment and they are being monitored by their trio supporters to ensure that they don’t default which can lead to the development of Drug resistant TB.
In other words I can say the establishment of trio support system re-enforces TB drug adherence and contributes to World Health Organisation strategy to end TB
DAPP hands over donations for Cyclone Idai victims
Development Aid from people to people has donated thousand of dollars worth of food and non- food items to the Government of Zimbabwe to assist victims of Cyclone Idai.
The good which include mealie meal,cooking oil,blankets, bathing soap, matches and dried kapenta was handed over to the civil protection services representatives at Manyame airbase collection centre.
DAPP Zimbabwe Country Director Mathias Paradzai in his condolence message said “DAPP Zimbabwe joins the nation in moaning those who lost their lives in this disaster and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured”.
He added that says the devastating effects of this disaster are far reaching and called for continued efforts from partners in government, business and the development sector. “We have a long road of rebuilding ahead of us and we need to continue working together to assisted the affected families”
According to the Zimbabwe Ministry of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services a total of 139 people died with 144 injured and 189 still missing in Zimbabwe. Cyclone Idai is regarded as one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa . The storm caused catastrophic damage in Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe
An economically empowered family positively impacts the lives of children especially young girls. In line with this statement Child Aid Zimbabwe through its first line of strengthening the economy of the family trains ,supports and empowers each family to increase its income through establishing income generating projects IGPs.
Research shows that girls in poor families have a higher chance of dropping out of school and pushed into early and forced marriages. The opposite is true in that when families are equipped with skills to establish and manage their income generating projects young girls will have equal access to nutrition, health schooling opportunities
Families in the Child Aid projects organize themselves into Village Action Groups, that become the core of driving their IGPs that include nutrition gardens ,beekeeping, piggery, poultry, second hand clothing, sewing clubs and food outlets among other projects. Each Action Group consists of 30‐40 families who are organised together and meet every week for lessons and actions.
In the first half of 2018 Child Aid Zimbabwe achieved its aim of transforming families’ livelihoods so that they can be self-sufficient. The VAGs supported the revival of 33 group gardens soon after the rain season. A total of 3550 families were trained in thee importance of having nutrition gardens for dietary diversity. Families responded positively and revived their household gardens and made sure that they had a minimum of 5 crop varieties.The gardens have become source of income for families, such that they are able to meet their basic needs.
So far Eighteen income-generating projects in agriculture, aquaculture, indigenous chicken, rabbits and horticulture were established with much training support from AGRITEX. The 3550 families from Rushinga, Bindura and Shamva districts were food secure.
Child Aid conducted 50 lessons on improving income and established 40 internal saving and lending clubs which are localized financial systems. Money from savings clubs have been used by families to engage in various income generating projects such as poultry and piggery. As a result of the income generating activities and ISALs, improved the financial positions of the families making it easy to pay school fees and caring for their families.
The benefits of economically empowering families are go beyond their direct impact on girls alone. Once girls are empowered they will grow into women who will be in forefront of stopping the cycle of poverty
Youth unemployment remains a challenge in Sub Saharan Africa and is regarded as a key driver of poverty. In Zimbabwe it the number of unemployed youths continues to grow due to a myriad of economic challenges that has seen industries and companies closing.
The fight against poverty remains at the heart of DAPP Zimbabwe programming. Through vocational training at Ponesai Vanhu Technical College youths are equipped with the necessary knowledge and practical skills necessary for them to earn a decent living and be a part of stimulating economic growth.
PVTC vocational training is well known for developing occupational competencies in the flagship courses in Motor Mechanics Business studies and brick and block laying. The college also offers three months short courses in Brick and Block Laying, Catering, Garment Making and Beauty Therapy in response to the current economic changes that do make access to training difficult for many.
Ponesai Vanhu Technical college lives up to its name “Ponesai Vanhu” (Help People ) in ensuring that young Zimbabweans create sustainable self employment opportunities to overcome poverty and become contributors to the country’s economy. Due to its focus on careers based training for enterprise (TFE), Ponesai Vanhu Technical College equips individuals with innovative skills which are current which enable them to set up their own businesses.
Ponesai Vanhu Technical college remains non-discriminatory in that it promotes quality vocational training for young women and girls. This is in line with the country’s gender equality drives to see equal access to opportunities. We are being seen participating and thriving in traditionally male dominated fields such as motor mechanics.
As we commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, DAPP Zimbabwe calls on young people to not wait around for government to create jobs but to enroll in vocational institutions such as PVJS to liberate themselves from the effects of poverty.
Advantaged of Vocational training
- Practical skills development of specialized occupations
- Lowers unemployment through increased self employment
- Skills development in passion areas
- Shorter training time
- Lower costs of education
- Improves self-esteem
Ponesai Vanhu Technical College, Shamva
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