“How to Dance” has been produced by HIV positive children and adolescents from Africaid’s Zvandiri programme in Harare, Zimbabwe. This project was made possible through the Auxilla Chimusoro Alumni award from PEPFAR in January 2013. This award is given annually in memory of a courageous woman who was the first Zimbabwean woman to speak out bravely about her HIV status in the 1980’s.
Children and adolescents from Zvandiri have used this award to follow in Auxilla’s footsteps by also speaking out through their own song and DVD. For the first time, a group of HIV positive children and adolescents have come out publicly to describe the way in which they have learned “how to dance in the storm”, despite the challenges in their lives. As young people living with HIV, they call for zero HIV-related deaths, zero new HIV infections and zero stigma. Uniquely, they have been joined by a superband of Zimbabwean musicians who have helped them to turn their message in to a world class track and performance.
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- Lead Artist: Rina Mushonga
- Artists: Mokoomba, Ba Shupi, Edith We Uthonga, Blackbird, Dizzy Don, Zimfellas, Zvandiri, Ammara Brown & Arundel School Choir
- Production: Nicola Willis, Sue Powell, Anna Miller, The Book Cafe, Di Robson
- Director and Camera: Linette Frewin
- Post-production: Simon de Swardt
- Recording Engineer: Vusa Moyo
- Mixed by: David Gleeson and Marc ‘Archie’ Arciero
- Illustration and DVD design: Marieke Ubbink
- Photography: Andreas Keller
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Meeting in session
The Peer Advisory Board (PAB) held their last meeting for the year 2013. As the Board we revisited our rules because they were lacking but the most outstanding was communication-there is need for communication and updating each other on the different issues in our support groups. PAB as you know is held on a quarterly basis and its members identify the challenges and successes in the support group structure and give feedback to the Board.
The above mentioned was done because we had new PAB members, we then discussed about our Mother organization Africaid-where it came from, its various works in the community and its goals.
The Chairperson briefly explained the role of the PAB members and how we operate, the structure and we set new rules for all the PAB members to uphold. After the recap, members of the board began their feedbacks from all the communities. The challenges that are being faced in the different communities are as follows;
- In some communities children are in need of birth certificate and pill boxes
- Children are not going to school because there is no money to cater for school fees and for those that are in still in school more stationery is needed
- In some areas children walk long distances to attend the support group
- It has been noted that boys in the support group are taking advantage when in a relationship and they are abusing girls
- There is also discrimination in some clinics
Compiled by Munashe*
the cabinets still in the making
There comes a time in life when children grow up, be responsible and look after themselves. The Africaid-Zvandiri organization has graced the teenagers and adolescents in it to benefit through the Vocational Skills Training (VST) program. The program targets mainly on those adolescents who are above the age of 16 and it enables them to use their own hands hence acquiring their own income through it.Two beneficiaries of the 2013 VST program got together recently to assemble cabinets for the Zvandiri Centres situated at different Harare
When finished, they will be placed at the various centres
Hospitals and Clinics.
Through the desires and aspirations they have it is no wonder that they created this in a short period of time. Well done to both and keep it up.
Loyce and Godspower with Ross in his recording studio
Yesterday we had fun in the sound studio recording an interview with Nicola around adherence challenges faced by adolescents living with HIV.This was a request from World Health Organisation and will be included in their new adolescent HIV toolkit, to be launched at the ICASA conference in South Africa in December.
The CATS members on your right about to address the students during assembly time
The main purpose of the trainings is to support HIV positive children to cope with stigma around them as well as educate others on how best to change their attitude to treat other people without stigma towards HIV. These workshops are being facilitated by the CATS members in support of the Africaid staff. During training the facilitators also highlight our stigma campaign theme-Bury stigma and Resurrect love. The coping effectiveness training is all about teaching in depth children but mainly focusing on those living with HIV on how they can cope with their own personal challenges in life.
Also when conducting the coping effectiveness training they give the students/pupils real life case scenarios and then the participants make presentations just to see whether they have grasped the concept on how to deal with stigma and other challenges. The use of techniques in the form of changeable and non-changeable things in life ensures that participants live a mentally healthy life without concentrating on non-changeable things (HIV status or death of a loved one) but to concentrate or put more effort on things that are changeable. Bury stigma campaign posters, bandanas and Our Story books are the main materials used when conducting the trainings. So far the facilitators have covered schools and colleges in Harare and including Early Childhood Development.
Students pay attention during the training whilst their teacher is present
Whilst the meeting is underway, the teachers will be present or even the head or teacher in charge. Some of the questions that came out of the trainings include:
• Can an HIV positive girl/woman give birth and if they can, are they allowed to
• Does kissing spread the Human Immunodeficiency Virus
• When you are circumcised is there a need to use condoms
From the schools that have been covered, most times participants knew only stigma pertaining to a flower but not the attitude hence it was a breaking ground on discerning information. The participants were very excited about the training and asked more about the activities we do at Africaid and want to be engaged more. The participation within the schools was more than average.