Chiedza Child Care Centre

Our vision is of a Zimbabwe in which orphans & vulnerable children have access to all their basic needs & are holistically developing to realize their full mental, physical & social potential. Our mission is to empower communities to adequately support & care for orphans & vulnerable children in Zimbabwe & to lobby & advocate for children's rights. Our goal is to provide community-based holistic services in a sustainable way to orphans and vulnerable children in the Harare suburbs of Mbare, Sunningdale, Waterfalls & Ardbennie. Our organisational focu...

Chiedza Child Care Centre
37 Strachan Street, Ardbennie
P.O.Box W142, Waterfalls
Harare, Southern Africa +263
Zimbabwe
+263 772 189 797
https://www.chiedza.org.zw

DIRECTOR

Spiwe Chakawa

Management Team

Henry Mhaka, Callisto Tarwireyi, Lineo Chinyama, Felix Madya, Spiwe Chakawa

Board of Directors

Rebecca Zeigler Mano, David Sheehan, Tafadzwa Mugabe, Rosemary Mukogo, Sekai Chibaya, Primrose Matambanadzo

Project Leaders

Spiwe Chakawa

Mission

Our vision is of a Zimbabwe in which orphans & vulnerable children have access to all their basic needs & are holistically developing to realize their full mental, physical & social potential. Our mission is to empower communities to adequately support & care for orphans & vulnerable children in Zimbabwe & to lobby & advocate for children's rights. Our goal is to provide community-based holistic services in a sustainable way to orphans and vulnerable children in the Harare suburbs of Mbare, Sunningdale, Waterfalls & Ardbennie. Our organisational focus is on: a. Strong governance & management b. Resource mobilisation c. Human resource development d. Strong accountability systems e. Learning and sharing

Programs

(a) Education Assistance - this offers education assistance to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) in the form of school fees, uniforms and exercise books. The programme goes a step further by availing retired teachers to provide extra tutorials at the centre. There is a resource centre where children are exposed to various reading materials including specific school text books and computers. (b) Early Childhood & Development - we strive to adhere to minimum ECD standard and curriculum to ensure access of high quality ECD services to the disadvantaged children. Chiedza already works in collaboration with Local Authority and communities to develop the ECD centres. The relationship is formalized by memorandum of understanding (MOU) to safe guard each part's interests. The Chiedza's existing ECD programme already created linkages with private pre-School training colleges. The current relationship between Chiedza and other partners is based on our par excellence in developing a model which is worth replicating. We also run a Full day pre-school for children between 3-6 years old. Children are exposed to various Montessori activities. Children are prepared for formal learning in primary education. The children are equipped to be better youths and adults for tomorrow through physical, social and cognitive development activities such as look and learn visits, role plays among other Early Childhood Development learning approaches. (c) Psychosocial support - In order to understand what orphaned and vulnerable children are facing we look at both how a child develops and grows and the impact of death and bereavement on a child at different stages of their development. Children develop along recognized lines and patterns. Therefore we learn to look at how children understand and react to death and bereavement. We provide specific counselling sessions to children affected by various issues such as all forms of abuse. (d) Child Protection- The organization is involved in training and advocacy activities in child protection in the community and at the centre. This is done to create a safe and friendly environment for children and youth. At the centre the children are engaged in various child protection activities such as information sharing thorough debates, quiz and focus group discussions on child abuse, and birth registration issues. (e) Nutrition & Basic Health Care - By and large the major objective of food provision is to achieve primary prevention of any morbidity in children, which will be achieved through nutritional screening and HIV testing. Every single child is seen at least once every 6 months for basic anthropometric and screening of common ailments. This is used to identify children who are at risk of malnutrition as well as identify stunted children who have a high probability of HIV infection. Children are screened for any sickness and medicines provided. This is done on fort-nightly basis by volunteer medical doctors. (f) Youth Friendly Corner (Adolescent and Sexual Reproductive health) - The initiative is aimed at empowering the youth so that they will be able to lead healthy life styles, make informed decisions and choices about their lives. We have a television set, a DVD player and a variety of CDs that we use to conscientious our children. We have developed guidelines for these sessions which provide direction to the discussions. One important driver of this activity is the mentor-ship of the youths. We deliberately engaged a youthful intern, very innovative and an activist in the area of HIV/AIDS issues. This has made the programme interesting to the youths. (g) Livelihoods - Internal Savings and Lending schemes and income generating initiatives strengthening so that there is improved household level income. We are equipping the youths with entrepreneurial skills to sustain their lives. Youths and caregivers are engaged in various income generating initiatives of their choice. Chiedza is providing the technical support to these projects. We have linked this project with Harare Polytechnic for accreditation of our skills training programme. (h) Mbuya ne Muzukuru Initiative. This concept serves as a new crutch to meet the parents'/caregivers' shortcomings in the area of training their children on facts of "growing up". It also serves to bridge this "gap" by reviving lost culture in the area of sexual education and its moral direction. This has seen some youths who had deviant behaviors adopting positive social behaviors. We have identified elderly people in the community who come in and provide sessions on the importance of hunhu/ubuntu. These are experienced elderly men and women in the community who have a good standing in their neighborhood. (i) Sports Development. providing opportunity for children to develop their sporting talent. Competitions like Youth Education Through Sport- trains these children to be responsible citizens. They do community services and peer education. They are engaged in competitive games as well as registering with local leagues.

Statistics on Chiedza Child Care Centre

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2012: $150,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $200,000
  • Other funding sources: income generating projects, individual donors, NGOs, community contributions, international organisations
  • Religious Affiliation: none

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