One of the outstanding organisations in Zimbabwe that your donations allow us to support is Trinity Project. Through awareness raising, advocacy, and by providing free legal support to vulnerable families, the project helps children to obtain the birth certificates that they need to enrol in school.
Trinity Project: an update from the field…
As the curtain comes down in 2014, I would like to celebrate the successes we have had so far, together with the Trinity Project family. We also want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our funding partners for making our activities possible.
Trinity Project is now a household name in communities in Bulawayo, and we continue to work closely with government departments. This year, the Ministry of Education granted us the authority to work with schools up to 2016, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bulawayo City Council, and we received permission from the Bulawayo City Council Health Department to program in local health centres/clinics. We also publish weekly newspaper articles in the local vernacular newspaper ‘Umthunywa’.
Unfortunately, widespread abuse of child rights remain, especially due to identity and inheritance; hence there is still much work to be done.
Mr Pumulani Mpofu
Project Manager, Trinity Project
Trinity Project: 2014 in numbers
- A total of 2,896 legal cases taken on.
- 247 children so far assisted to successfully obtain identity documents.
- Over 24,000 people reached through awareness raising activities.
- Over 1,000 children have attended our monthly Kids Clubs, run in partnership with local Child Protection Committees to increase awareness of children’s rights.
- 340 stakeholders trained to assist children with matters relating to birth registration and identity rights.
- As a result of our successful advocacy work, both United Bulawayo Hospital and Mpilo Hospital are now issuing birth confirmation records without requiring vulnerable mothers to pay hospital fees upfront.