“We are strong, determined, and will overcome the challenges we face.” Simbi, aged 16
“Most people say when times are hard, wait for the storm to pass. Well, Zvandiri has taught me to dance in the storm.” Alice, aged 17.
Africaid has been running Zvandiri House Training and Support Centre in Avondale, Harare since 2005. This is a drop-in centre where HIV positive children, adolescents, young people and their caregivers come for information, counselling, clinical assessments and sexual reproductive health services. Life skills training programmes are run here for children and adolescents from across Harare and young people come to use the library and IT lab where they are trained by their peers in IT skills. It is a very busy place with each room being filled with young people running their own training workshops, counselling sessions, IT training, creative arts programmes and team meetings.
In 2012, we were extremely fortunate to receive funding from the Child Protection Fund in Zimbabwe which allowed the scale up of the Zvandiri House approach within clinics across Harare. Together with funding from Maruva Trust, we have been able to turn these cabins in to something spectacular! The first 2 have been established at Wilkins Hospital and Mabvuku Polyclinic and are run by Zvandiri peer counsellors. Wilkins is already assisting adolescents on a daily basis whom are attending the OI clinic. This is a really exciting development in Zvandiri’s journey and we are extremely grateful to Harare City Health Department for the opportunity to support them and for making us so welcome!