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orphans & women's economic and social safety project report
July 23, 2012
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physical, socio-cultural, economic and political environment was
generally conducive for the project to be fully implemented. Being
located in the semi-arid Natural Region 3, the Chikato community
is under the threat of drought induced by low and erratic rainfall
leading to hunger, water problems, income challenges and environmental
degradation. The erosion of household economic assets during the
previous economic crisis period was also a critical factor that
was considered in targeting the primary beneficiaries of the project
interventions. Most households have no disposable income and economic
assets to help them initiate their self-reliance income generating
activities. The local authorities and political environment remained
calm and conducive for the project implementation. This can be largely
attributed to the fact that the project was needy driven and remained
relevant to the development cooperation between the government of
Zimbabwe, local communities and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
before the Project
Pandehuni and Mashiri villages covered by project interventions
were facing critical water problems that heightened income, food
security, community health, environmental and social safety challenges.
Women and children who constitute more than three quarters of the
population of the area were highly vulnerable to socio-economic
shock including inflation, drought induced food insecurity and poverty.
The Chikato community in general lead a natural resources based
livelihoods, hence the lack of access to clean and adequate water
for both vegetable production and domestic purposes was the major
drawback for local development. The following pictures show the
unprotected source of water and the unproductive vegetable garden
used to sustain Mutsiba village households.
meetings were held to facilitate the smooth and effective coordinated
implementation of the Chikato Orphans and Women's Social Safety
Project. A district stakeholder orientation meeting was conducted
after the Shurugwi Partners and the Kingdom of the Netherlands signed
the grant contract. The Social Services Department took the lead
to introduce Shurugwi Partners to other key stakeholders including
the District Administrator, Public Services Departments and Ministry
of Health and Child Welfare. A date was set for introducing and
welcoming Shurugwi Partners to the District Child Protection Committee.
After rolling out the Chikato project to the District Child Protection
Committee, the stakeholders appreciated the important role played
by both the Royal Netherlands Embassy and Shurugwi Partners in the
partnership aimed to end rural poverty among the most vulnerable
groups of the community. Shurugwi Partners was also requested to
assist the Social Services Department to complete the OVC village
registers for the ward 7. The organization also agreed to team up
with the local ward structures to initiate the Ward 7 Child Protection
Committee as a complementary effort to the District Child Protection
orientation and project rollout session was conducted. The members
of the community who were present include the Ward Development Committee
chaired by the ward Councillor, the traditional leaders including
the Chief's representative, the village heads and all the
villagers from the Chikato catchment area were represented. The
project beneficiaries from Pandehuni, Mutsiba village 1 & 2
and Mashiri village were also present. The project beneficiaries
expressed their happiness and appreciation to the Royal Netherlands
Embassy for approving their project. In his speech, the project
Mobilizer Mr. Clever Mawire highlighted that the targeted villages
are some of the marginalized and underdeveloped communities that
were the recipients of food handouts as a result of hunger and poverty.
The development assistance that mainly targets women and children
was also rated as a giant step towards protecting the vulnerable
groups through economic empowerment and self-reliance activities.
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