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About FACT

FACT Zimbabwe is a Christian national development NGO based in Zimbabwe.

It implements sustainable development initiatives to improve people’s livelihood, Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), HIV Prevention, HIV and AIDS care and support as well as health activities that complement Ministry of Health and Child Welfare. Established in 1987, FACT is the country’s first AIDS service organization (WO 17/89).

FACT implements projects through partnering with communities and other players in development and public health.

PILLAR 1: SAFEGUARDING AND SUSTAINABLE LIVLIHOODS

The OVC and Livelihoods program seeks to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive sustainable continuum of services to Zimbabwe’s orphaned and vulnerable children. The sector is implementing the CHILDREN TARIRO (CT) programme, the DREAMS initiative which targets Adolescent Girls and Young Women and the FAITH AND COMMUNITY initiative targeting Faith Based Organisations, community and traditional leaders; young men aged 39 years and below.

The CT initiative provides socio-economic interventions that reduce vulnerability to HIV and AIDS, contributing to HIV epidemic control in Zimbabwe. DREAMS is designed to ensure girls develop into Determined Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe women. Implemented in 6 districts of Manicaland (Mutare, Makoni, Mutasa, Chipinge and Buhera) and Masvingo (Gutu) CT and DREAMS initiatives seek to contribute towards the 95-95-95 World Health Organisation targets towards HIV epidemic control in Zimbabwe.

To date, CT has reached over 130 000 OVC and their families through education assistance, sustainable economic strengthening and caregiver baby pairs have received Early Childhood Stimulation and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services.

 

PILLAR 2: HEALTH AND WELL BEING

Guided by the Zimbabwe National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (ZNASP IV 2019 -2023), Pillar 2 seeks to reduce HIV risk among vulnerable groups which include women, men, youth, the disabled and children also empowering these groupings to claim their right to access critical continuum of services. The listed units under H & W directly provide services and support in areas where FACT Zimbabwe operates

Health and Wellbeing Units

  • HIV Testing and Counselling services (New Start Centres)
  • ART Clinic
  • Adolescent and Young People Interventions
  • Church Communities Programs
  • HIV Care and Support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and People Living with HIV (PLWHIV)

PILLAR 3: STRATEGIC INFORMATION AND RESEARCH

FACT Zimbabwe through the Strategic Information and Research (SIR) department has made significant strides in ensuring enhanced service delivery over the years through a comprehensive system that allows project-based tracking, collection, analysis and dissemination of experiences and good practices. The SIR department is responsible for designing and carrying out baseline surveys, operational researches, mid and end term surveys for the organisation and partners.

PILLAR 4: ORGANISATIONAL EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS

The Organisational Efficiency and Effectiveness (OEE) Is the service hub of the organisation which has a staff composite of Accounting, Finance, Human Resources Management, Logistics and other support services required by the organisation. The department advises on effective resource mobilisation and utilisation of resources through high ethical and quality monitoring of operations in accordance with finance and administration regulations. The OEE strives to ensure optimum utilisation of the available human capital with an effective utilisation of financial and material utilisation.

COVID-19 Responses to Cyclone Idai affected communities

Chimanimani– Family AIDS Caring Trust- Zimbabwe with support from Kindernothilfe has been implementing a COVID-19 Response to Cyclone Idai affected communities project in Wards 15 and 21 of Chimanimani district, Manicaland province. The 6 months project aimed at assisting affected communities with the much needed Psycho-social support to address trauma from the disaster, aid with …

#ChooseToChallenge:Celebrating girls and women

MUTARE- Family AIDS Caring Trust Zimbabwe with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in conjunction with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MoWACSMED). Gracing the event were government stakeholders and development partners working in Manicaland province which include …

Revitalizing education for the COVID-19 Generation

With this year’s International Education Day commemorations running under the theme “Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation,” the Children Tariro initiative led by FACT Zimbabwe continues to identify ways in which learners being supported under the programme continue to be engaged in education activities despite the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The …

Responding to Gender Based Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic

During humanitarian situations such as COVID-19 induced lockdown, drought, natural disasters women, girls and children included face a myriad of challenges which include Child Abuse and Gender Based Violence. According to the United Nations Population Fund Zimbabwe, 1 in 3 women in Zimbabwe have experienced Gender Based Violence (GBV). GBV is violence directed against a …

Role of parents in helping children realise their life goals- FAQs

FACT Zimbabwe implements the Families Matter Programme a curricular based intervention which seeks to build strong healthy relationships between parents and their children. The programme seeks to ensure parents and children communicate with each other and reach a common understanding beneficial for both parties. This article seeks to explore the role of parents in helping …

Youth Amplifying their voices against GBV and HIV.

Tafadzwa Mabiya, is a former DREAMS Ambassador for Mutare District and young mother who rose towards achieving her goals through the DREAMS intervention after she got abandoned by both her father and husband when she fell pregnant. Tafadzwa was enrolled into DREAMS and accessed psycho-social support from Childline, education assistance from FACT, legal support; and …

Things to do as we continue to battle #COVID19.

Frequently wash your hands with soapy water under running water for 20 seconds or sanitize your hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Avoid physical contact and ensure social and physical distance is maintained at all times with at least 2 metres apart. Wear a mask always when in public or at work and ensure …

“After Completing my studies, I want to be a doctor,”- Junior.

  Junior Sithole 16-year-old Junior Sithole is a single orphan from Chipinge in Manicaland Province, a U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported district. A single orphan, Junior lost her father who passed on in 2018 when she was still in Form One. Left only …

“Heartbroken, but never gave up!”

Twenty-four-year-old Paida is a mother of two, she stays in Mutare, a USAID/PEPFAR supported district. She never saw her parents, at the age of 19 she had two children (Blessmore and Divine) with different fathers who both fled. Paida was left alone with the responsibility of looking after her two children. She was chased away …

Newly opened Hurungwe Safe Shelter to respond to GBV

FACT Zimbabwe Executive Director, Gertrude Shumba (left) with Mashonaland West Ministry of Women Affairs Community Small to Medium Enterprise Development Provincial Development Officer, Mr Patrick Rangwani during the official opening of the Hurungwe Safe Shelter. HURUNGWE- FACT Zimbabwe with support from UNFPA through the European Union sponsored Spotlight Initiative officially opened the Hurungwe Safe Shelter …