Emergency program for Cyclone IDAI affected Chimanimani

Emergency program for Cyclone IDAI affected Chimanimani

In response to the devastating effects Cyclone Idai, Development Aid from People to People Zimbabwe and UFF Denmark have started an emergency response program to assist 4000 people access safe water and sanitary facilities as well as emergency food assistance. The 4 month intervention will be carried out in ward 6 of Chimanimani, Manicaland Province

Priority  has been given to the rehabilitation of water and sanitary facilities to reduce the increasing risk of water-borne diseases brought about by the flooding. So far DAPP Zimbabwe  has mobilised the people in preparation for community recovery and rebuilding of 20 boreholes and construction of 150 pit latrines. Through engaging trained pump minders to lead the rehabilitation process communities will be encouraged to take ownership of their facilities.

DAPP will also distribute aqua tablets and water buckets to 1000 households to meet immediate access to safe water while the rehabilitation and construction work is going on. The community active involvement in project activities will ensure sustainability and scaling up of activities

Cyclone Idai eroded household savings and halted income generating opportunities. To help families recover DAPP Zimbabwe will be responding to the emergency needs of the people through provision of emergency food and non food items to the target households. Through coordinated efforts, 1000 households will be assisted to meet their immediate food and nutrition needs for 4 months.

The emergency response is made possible by the Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) /Civil Society in Development (CISU) which is an independent association of Danish Civil Society Organisations that are involved in development work in Asia, Africa or Latin America



Garden farming improves family health

Garden farming improves family health

Green leafy vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals that are important for a healthy diet. Garden Farming in Makoni has been doing just that. Families involved in the GAIA funded Farmers’ clubs program have been able to address food insecurity and improve the health of families by tackling malnutrition. Throughout the year families that established nutrition gardens have increased their resilience and prevented malnutrition .

Grace Mupoperi , a member of the Mabvazuva garden group has seen the benefits of nutrition gardens on the health of her 6 children “Gardens are a source of nutritious food for my children. I see that they don’t fall sick as often as they used to before I had my own garden. We grow different varieties of vegetables that even give us income as we sell them to others in the community ”

Farmers in the project organised themselves into 24 groups and they join their forces, ideas and resources so that they can further the agricultural production of each member. Families make use of seed sharing and organic manures which produce quality vegetable varieties. This coupled with adopting best farming practices methods such as crop diversification, compost making, mulching and crop rotation farmers are giving their families the much needed nutritional diversity.
Gardening farming not only contributes to household food security but it is also providing extra family income from the sale of surplus produce to the local community. Families with gardens usually produce more than enough for their families and the rest is sold and the income is used  for medical expenses, school fees, savings and other home improvements requirements.

The Farmers club program funded by Gaia Movement aims  to enhance 1 200 farmers’ resilience to current and future climate related shocks and protect the environment in Makoni district thereby making them food,  nutrition and income secure all year round. This organised Farmers’ Clubs  allow them to be better prepared against current and future climate change related shocks

Bumper garden produce for the family



The benefits of firewood saving stoves

The benefits of firewood saving stoves

Mirriam Kwambana 47 lives in Mutasa district with her family. Like many rural families she used an open fire for her daily cooking activities. The process was both time consuming and had negative effects on her and her family’s respiratory health. After learning the benefits of firewood saving stoves from the Farmers’ Clubs Sustainable Lifestyle and Education program she decided to construct one for her home and has cut down her meal preparation time while using less firewood.

“Before having this firewood saving stove, I used to walk long distances to look for firewood and then endure hours of breathing smoke from the open fire which results in  persistent coughing.

Mirriam  is one of  the 1000 Farmers’ clubs members who were part of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP)  which aims to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in both developed and developing countries.

Through this program Mirriam and many in her community are actively taking steps to turn the tide on global warming through construction of firewood saving stoves and planting more trees in their communities.

These small steps   have had positive environmental impacts such as reducing the number and frequency of trees being cut down for cooking purposes. Because the firewood saving stoves use less wood and emit less smoke this reduces the amount of greenhouse gases released in the air

Youth with disabilities program launched

Youth with disabilities program launched

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

“Trio system” re-enforces TB drug adherence

“Trio system” re-enforces TB drug adherence

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 prescribed by the doctor.
As a Field Officer, I engage trained community volunteers in that respective 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 to get screened  for TB as they have direct contact to someone infected.

In order to stop the spread  of TB we 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 vegetable gardens 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