Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa with a population of approximately 14,5 million. Throughout their recent history, Zimbabweans have struggled for their independence and democracy. Zimbabwe has also been facing severe droughts and have implemented land reform, which has contributed to political and economic crisis between the years 2000 and 2008 that has left a fifth of the country’s population in extreme poverty. In addition, the country’s hiv- and aids-prevalence rates are one of the highest in the world. Nevertheless, Zimbabwe holds great potential with its natural resources, public infrastructure and educational achievements.
Key words: orphans, family care, hiv & aids
Implementing partner: Gwai Grandmothers Group (GGG)
The grandmothers’ groups in the Gwai area were formed as an informal response to Zimbabwe’s 1990s political chaos, deepening economic plight, livelihood challenges, deteriorating situation of HIV and AIDS and drought years. The grandmothers of a Lutheran congregation in a small country village in Matebeleland organized themselves in order to take care of orphans in their community. Soon they were joined by grandmothers in other churches. Thus the first Grandmothers groups in the area was born.
Grandmothers’ groups identify the most needy children. They are familiar with the community and the situation in families, and are therefore able to assess and prioritize the situation of individual children. They provide psycho-social support, such as discussion and plays with the children, as well as storytelling and discussions to strengthen children’s identity, social belonging, and self-esteem. They also support the education of children through encouragement, assisting with homework, and providing school fees, school uniforms, and school books. Grandmothers also teach the children daily living skills, such as sewing, small-scale farming, cooking, cleaning up, and washing up, as well as provide them with food during the dry season and support them in cultivation during the crop season.
Key words: equal opportunities, social inclusion, empowerment of PwDs, rehabilitation
Implementing partner: Jairos Jiri Association (JJA)
Jairos Jiri Association is raising disability awareness in communities and building the capacities of people living with disabilities through community-based rehabilitation (CBR). The project has improved access to health and educational services for persons with disabilities by identification and assessment of their needs, by providing necessary therapeutic intervention and aids and appliances, and by increasing awareness of the rights of persons with disabilities. Through this project, persons with disabilities are also supported to get engaged in livelihoods activities and empowered to defend their rights.