Empowering youths to be job creators

Empowering youths to be job creators

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

Tel: 0783705216

Email: pvtc@gmail.com

DAPP: Tel: 042 497620


Smallholder farmers increase resilience to climate change

Smallholder farmers increase resilience to climate change

In 2016 DAPP Zimbabwe began a UNEP-10FYP financed program with 2000 farmers in Gutu and Mutasa districts to increase resilience to the negative effects of climate change. The initiative provides mentoring and training in climate resilient agricultural practices,market literacy and access to government support.

We are happy our project is featured on the One Planet Network which  is the network of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production

For more follow this link  : http://www.oneplanetnetwork.org/initiative/sustainable-lifestyles-among-rural-families-zimbabwe-small-scale-conservation-farming

Climate smart solutions -Women farmers use low cost pumps to water their nutrition gardens

Community receives donation from Danish Relief Group

Community receives donation from Danish Relief Group

Danish relief group donates goods worth over 4 thousand dollars

It was joy and jubilation when beneficiary schools, medical facilities and development projects received donations in kind from the Danish relief group recently. The goods which included computers, school desks,chairs wheel chairs, hospital beds, side table, linen, uniforms among other essentials was officially handed over to the respective hospitals by the minister of state for provincial affairs Advocate Martin Dinha .

In a speech read on his behalf at the handover ceremony Honorable Dinha said DAPP is an all-weather friends who has contributed immensely to the people of Zimbabwe through various sectors such as education, health ,community development and agriculture He added that “DAPP’s recent achievements at Chemhondoro Secondary school where it partnered with the Embassy of Japan to improve the education environment at the school . Regarding health DAPP facilitated the construction of three clinics in three border areas namely Chinaka(Mutasa/Mozambique) ,Malabe(Beitbridge ) and Mafigu (Rushinga Border)

DAPP Zimbabwe representative applauded the good relationship that exists between the government of Zimbabwe and DAPP Zimbabwe saying “ Working together has proved to be an effective formula to seeing communities embracing and effectively adopting sustainable development practices” He added that DAPP will continue to support government efforts to deliver lasting development solutions to Zimbabweans living in marginalized areas.

Beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the Danish relief group saying the generous donation came at the right time. The deputy headmistress and Shamva primary school said “We were struggling with the lack of adequate school furniture for children. We would like to thank the Danish relief group for their generous and thoughtful decision”

Hospital staff said the medical field in Zimbabwe is currently going through a crisis and donations like this go a long way to ease the suffering of patients.

DAPP Zimbabwe project beneficiaries also commended the Danish relief group for providing them with tools to making work more efficient. TC TB project lwader Stailine Majecha said “The Danish relief group is a 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.

Malabe border health post offically handed over

Malabe border health post offically handed over

The Senator for Beitbridge Cde Tambudzani Mohadi officially handed over the Malabe border health post which was constructed through an initiative by the ministry of health and child care, Development Aid from People to People and Elimination 8 in Beitbridge District recently.

Speaking during the event attended by over 300 people, Cde Mohadi said Malabe Health Post aims to improve timeous detection of cross border malaria cases in order to clear the reservoirs of infectious parasites that contribute to on-going transmission in SADC countries aiming to eliminate malaria.

She added that the health post represents a breakthrough for the Malabe community, villages around and mobile population who will not need to travel long distances to the nearest health facility to seek malaria treatment and other medical attention. “I applaud such a move since it will go a long way to improve access to primary health care services for our communities. It is my sincere hope that in the near future the post will be upgrade to a clinic status.”

Speaking at the same occasion DAPP Zimbabwe project leader Petros Muzuva said Malabe health post is one of five Elimination 8 border health posts in Zimbabwe namely Chinaka ( Mutasa) Sango Border post ( Chiredzi), Rwenya ( Mudzi) and Ganganyama ( Rushinga). He highlighted that 3 of the 5 health posts are already operational and the other two are in their construction phase.

He also applauded the Elimination 8 and Ministry of health for coming together as a united front in fighting Malaria “We believe that through joining hands together we can prevent, treat and eradicate Malaria by 2030.”

The local leader headman Tsetani applauded the move saying “it’s a positive step to it will be possible to reduce the burden of malaria within our communities”

Apart from providing Malaria Diagnosis, Treatment, and Surveillance package, Malabe health post will also provide other primary care services such as OPD consultation, treating of minor injuries, Family planning, Nutrition, HIV and AIDS related conditions.

Elimination 8(E8) is a regional coordination of malaria elimination, across 8 SADC countries namely Zimbabwe, South Africa, Angola,

Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia.

DAPP releases 2017 Annual report

DAPP Zimbabwe is pleased to release its 2017 Annual report , demonstrating the value of its work over the past year.
The report includes an overview of projects and their activities , summary of major achievements, data on total projects delivered, partners worked with, people reached, case studies of particularly successful projects in 2017.

DAPP Zimbabwe reached over 300,000 people in 8 districts across the country, through 14 development projects in the areas of education, community development, agriculture and health. DAPP’s work is contributing towards the Zimbabwean Government’s Sustainable Development efforts.
 The projects implemented by DAPP are holistic in nature, driven by the community, and focused on creating
development together with the most marginalised in the society.
Click the link for the full report
Small scale farmers prepared to withstand climate change

Small scale farmers prepared to withstand climate change

Imagine the beginning of the agricultural season, the farmers have prepared and planted after the first rains. But the rains fail to continue or are not sufficient. We are seeing this more often as the climate gets warmer resulting in less food being produced. Farmers are usually left with limited options. However DAPP Farmers clubs is in the forefront in offering farmers viable solutions to reduce the shocks.

DAPP Farmers’ Club Zimbabwe in partnership with United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), work together with small scale farming communities of Gutu and Mutasa districts in Zimbabwe. Through a 2 year project which enrolled a total of 2000 farmers called “Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme”, farmers are trained on how they can prepare themselves against some of these shocks.

So, what have small scale farmers been taught to reduce crop losses under difficult weather conditions?

Building up living soils to withstand dry spells

Soil that has a mixture of animal and plant matter and a lot of life is good in storing water and nutrients thus allowing maximum growth of crops and plants. Farmers were taught ways to build up soils such as covering the soil with mulching, crop rotation, adding compost manure, minimal soil disturbance as well as planting fast maturing crop varieties. Farmers enrolled in the Farmers’ Club project received training on water conservation and are encouraged to shift from conventional tilling, burning crop residue and cutting down trees.

Commenting on the benefits from the program to date, farmer Ackson Manjowe in Mutasa said “mulching irikutibatsira kuchengetedza hunyoro mumakomba atinodyara zvinoita kuti mbeu dzedu dzive ne utano hwakanaka uye musanganiswa wemashizha nemanyowa watinoshandisa unopa chikafu kuzvirimwa” (mulching helps to keep plant moisture while the leaves and manure mixture provides the right nutrients for the plants).

Feeding the soil thus helps farmers build rich soils and ultimately reduce the impact of dry spells.

Adopting home grown solutions

As climate change continues to threaten food security farmers in our project have adopted home grown solutions to mitigate the effects of some of these shocks. The farmers are encouraged to switch to small grains such as rapoko, root crops like cassava as well as early planting fast maturing varieties that guarantee food security in short rainy seasons.

They are also encouraged and helped to set up nutrition gardens to produce vegetables that thrive under low cost irrigation. A total of 100 rope and washer pumps are currently being installed in Mutasa and 7 bush pumps in Gutu to irrigate the gardens and to provide safe water for drinking.

Planting trees for a more stable environment

Trees are vital for our environment as they reduce soil erosion and maintain the water cycle that bring us rain. They provide shade and food for our animals as well as wood. They are thus worth conserving and replacing. Our farmers, in their groups, mobilise each other to construct firewood saving stoves and rocket stoves so as to reduce wood consumption. They plant live fences to reduce the cutting down of indigenous trees for poles. All open spaces are utilized to make sure that we meet our target of planting 200 000 eucalyptus for woodlots, 40 000 fodder trees, 40 000 fruit trees and 100 live fences. One of the trees that farmers are planting is Leucaena that can be used for livestock feed as well as providing green manure.

Sticking together to overcome challenges

The DAPP Farmers’ Club approach encourages farmers to not only stick together but to also share knowledge and join hands in production and marketing. A club usually has 50 farmers who are divided into 5 groups of 10 called core groups who share information and train together. They work and learn in a common garden and a demo-field and go on to practice in their individual fields. During seed fairs they share crops that grow well under difficult conditions and learn from farmers around them.