Self Help Group Project
Kindernothilfe (KNH) from Germany continued to support the Self Help Group (SHG) concept as an instrument used to combat poverty in a sustainable way. The concept aims at socially and economically empowering poor women using locally available resources. The approach does not give temporary one-off benefits in the form of money or food, but empowers poor women to develop themselves and their children sustainably. The goal of the project is to sustainably empower poor women socially and economically for the betterment of their lives, families and communities. In 2016, this project continued targeting women in Mutare Rural District in wards 13 (Temberere), 20 (Munyarari), 36 (Dzobo) and 26 (Muradzikwa).The project reached to 1119 women. Since the inception of the project in 2013, the objectives to be achieved by 2018 include;
• To enable poor women to help themselves in a sustainable way through substantial capacity building inputs and facilitating them into self-organizational groups.
• To empower women to realize their hidden potential through coming together to form Self Help Groups, Cluster.
Level Associations (CLAs) and Federations
One of Toitei CLA representative (standing) explaining the CLA action plan to the other CLA members in ward 36 of Mutare Rural District Achievements realized
• 92% of children under the care of SHG project are regularly attending primary school because the women involved in the project can pay school fees on time.
• Increased number of meals from 1 to 2 per day in the households of SHG members has been maintained.
• 90% of women were able to take loans from groups in 2016.
• Increased number of CLAs from 1 to 5.
• 3 linkages established at Cluster Level Association (CLA) with Local leadership, Ministry of Health and Child Care and Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development
• Total number of functional Self Help Groups (SHGs) to date has increased from 49 to 68
• Total capital for all SHGs (savings, fines and other income) also increased from $50 034 to $60 244.85.
Self Help Group a life transforming approach
Eves is a 40 year old widow. She has five children. Her polygamous husband passed away in 2014 when she was pregnant. This disturbed her a lot since she could not get enough to provide for her children. When the husband died, there was nothing in form of preparation for her expected baby and that made life very difficult for her since she had to start all this alone. She started to do part time jobs from other villagers who would then give her used towel nappies as payment. When she gave birth to her child, she joined Kumboedza Self Help Group in ward 36 of Dzobo area. She was however not very confident since they were saving only $0.50c per member per week. She thought nothing big would come out from such a small amount. The other SHG members encouraged her to continue with the weekly savings which she did.
She borrowed USD50 from the group and bought wool from Mutare for re-sale. She was surprised by the rate at which the wool was being bought. She started to get profit out of her business that she would pay back her loan on time, pay school fees for her children as well as buying food for them. For every USD50 she would get a profit of $15 dollars. She also managed to have her kitchen floored with cement, something that she had failed to do before the introduction of SHG. In her own words, Eves had this to share: “Indeed my life has been transformed by the Self Help Groups.”
Orphaned and Vulnerable Children: The Children Tariro Program
FACT’s Children Tariro (CT) project seeks to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on Zimbabwe’s children by enhancing care and support services for OVC. The CT project provides a critical continuum of care and is earmarked to contribute to epidemic control through socioeconomic interventions that reduce vulnerability to HIV and AIDS. It strategically complements the four pillars of the National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children which seeks to strengthen children, their families and the government to provide comprehensive care and supportive environment for children. Started in 2015, CT program is funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).The program is being implemented in five districts of Manicaland Province and one district of Masvingo Province targeting OVC and their families as tabulated below;
In 2015, the CT program surpassed its annual target of 119 000 OVC and their households, reaching 124 815OVC and their families. In 2016, the program enjoyed surpassing the set target of 126 347, reaching out to 136966 children and their families. 134 417 were reached through the Country Operational Plan (COP) which is the main CT project and 2 549 were reached through the DREAMS initiative. This reach was against a target of 126 347, (12 004 for CT and 5 343 for DREAMS). The project managed to surpass its target because of the improved data collection system in which community cadres managed to report much of the children who had received services using Country Operation Plan and DREAMS funds. CT focused on the following interventions:
• Health assessments
• Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health targeting in and out of school adolescents
• Child protection
• GBV awareness
• Psychosocial support
• Education assistance
How Children Tariro works?
FACT Children Tariro OVC program employs a systemic approach which builds on Department of Child Welfare and Protection Services (DPWPS) strategy and FACT’s integrated Community Care of OVC model of offering wrap around services to children and their families.
Where do we work? Manicaland Province (Makoni, Mutasa, Mutare, Nyanga, Chipinge & Buhera (partnering with Rujeko) and Masvingo Province (partnering with Regai Dzive Shiri RDS.)
Services we offer
Children Tariro provides direct services to the child through a holistic approach to ensure that children are healthy, safe, schooled, and in stable environments. Therefore, interventions focus on Case Management, Access to Health/ HIV services, Safety, Protection, Economic Strengthening and Access to Education (ECD, Primary and Secondary.)
Households and communities are supported through economic strengthening activities and child protection structures to provide direct support to the child. Furthermore, government systems will be supported and strengthened to provide adequate service required by the child for improved well-being. At all these service points, cross cutting issues of child and adult participation, disability, case management and gender are mainstreamed. This is done within the Government of Zimbabwe and USAID guidelines and priorities.
The OVC and Livelihoods program seeks to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive continuum of services to Zimbabwe’s orphaned and vulnerable children in a sustainable way. The program has 3 projects namely, Children Tariro with an OVC and DREAMS component targeting Adolescent Girls and Young Women, Expanded Impact Program and Livelihoods. Children Tariro (CT) project provides a critical continuum of care and is earmarked to contribute to epidemic control through social-economic interventions that reduce vulnerability to HIV and AIDS. The goal of DREAMS is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women.
The Livelihoods Project seeks to improve quality of life through responsive crop production technologies and integration of health among poor and vulnerable households in Chimanimani and Chipinge.
Expanded Impact Program - (EIP) seeks to support the Ministry of Health and Child Care to accelerate paediatric care and treatment access by enrolling children onto care and treatment in underserved districts in Zimbabwe.
To mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on Zimbabwe’s children by enhancing the sustainability of care and support services for OVC.
- To Strengthen the capacity of communities and local service providers to support vulnerable families and children by 2018.
- Strengthen the capacity of vulnerable households to care for children by 2018.
- Strengthen the capacity of communities to support vulnerable children and their families to access prevention, care and treatment of HIV services by 2018.
- To Mainstream Child Safeguarding/Protection into all FACT programs & operations by 2018.