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.
In this short radio broadcast, David Hofisi of ZLHR and Dr Rutendo Bonde of the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) help explain the provisions in Zimbabwe’s new constitution that guarantee the right to education and health and how ZLHR and ZADHR are working towards enforcing such rights.
Based in Harare, Rafiki provides vocational training to vulnerable young women. Since 2002 they have trained over 450 women, almost 80% of whom have gone on to find paid employment or set up their own business. A further 10% have used the training to access further education. We are very excited to have partnered with Rafiki, and will be supporting their work through a major fundraising campaign in the UK, which will commence in December.
UNICEF Radio correspondent Blue Chevigny reports the story of Winnie Farao, 26, who works with Campaign for Female Education in Zimbabwe. Nov 20, 2006
Although this is an interview from quite some time ago, we at ZET feel that this is quite a hard hitting interview which details the plight of many women in Zimbabwe.