Mar 22, 2021

We're Back!

Harvest time is close
Harvest time is close

Ushe is a young man who started at Sanganai Youth Project just before our first national lockdown a year ago now. Ushe started Primary school late and never got to Secondary school but he is very reliable and is doing well learning carpentry and farming skills at the youth project. He is also included in a fish project and walks long distances every day to take his turn feeding the fish. The first harvest is due in April and we are excited to see how big the fish will be!

We are also hopeful for a good harvest of maize this year. It rained every day since early December, so the crops have grown well. Ushe has been involved in the group of young people working in the field at the centre.

Deaf leaders taught about the need for lockdown and explained about COVID 19 to deaf youth and children. Now they can come to Sanganai Project at Nzeve every day again, since the lockdown regulations have been lifted a bit. Ushe said how happy he was to be back at the centre again. He complained about how lonely he was during lockdown since he cannot communicate well with his family.

Some good news- thanks to the training they received at Project Sanganai, four young deaf people, graduates of Sanganai Project have got jobs! They are employed by a local company to sew dust coats, overalls and work suits.

We are also seeing promising results of the mentor programme. The young people who are involved in the programme can present at meetings and tell their stories, they manage to understand other people’s situations, including parents of deaf children and they are reaching out to help younger deaf youth and children.

It's thanks to you - our generaous supporters that, now they are back, the youth are busy learning and practising their skills in building, carpentry, gardening and dressmaking skills.

We appreciate you all,

Libby Foster

Sewing worksuits
Sewing worksuits
Nov 28, 2020

Let's meet together!

Molly
Molly

 

The classrooms at Nzeve are busy, the playground is full of children.

Zimbabwe schools are opening at last and deaf children are going back thanks to your gifts and donations.  7 months out of schoo!  A long time for any child, but for deaf children it is even longer.  They miss out on so much spoken information and many do not benefit from conversations amongst their family or friends.

Molly is 4 years old and attends Nzeve Deaf Centre with her mother. Her family are determined to give Molly a good start.  Molly and her mother are learning sign language and they helped the neighbourhood children to learn some signs too.  Molly plays happily with them and makes herself understood! Our vision at Nzeve is that the Deaf community should be valued in an inclusive society.  This can start in the back yard and the playground - just like Molly and her friends are doing.

In September and October, when schools opening was delayed,  we invited small groups of deaf children, living near the centre, to come for activities.  Deaf adults led the activities, ensuring the information was understood and giving the children the time to discuss how they were getting on.

We provided activities for the preschool mothers to use at home with their children.  They did well!  The mothers came to Nzeve and showed each other how they used the activities.  Then we invited small groups of mothers and children to come back to preschool.

Thank you for your gift to our project, which is now suffciently funded. We have managed to pay school fees for 150 deaf children to go back to school.  This helped families affected by the economic effects of Covid 19.

We have another project on GlobalGiving.  Hands On! Equipping deaf youth to work in Zimbabwe - please take a look!

We hope you all stay safe,

Libby

we are back in the playground
we are back in the playground
Nov 23, 2020

Deaf youth work hard to finish the year

In the garden
In the garden

The sun is shining, the field is prepared and maize seed is planted.  Yesterday we heard thunder but it was a long way off. Now we are waiting for the rains to come. The 23 young deaf people at Nzeve youth project work in the garden every morning.  They learnt conservation farming methods and how to make compost.  Now with the help of a drip kit they can grow vegetables and maize.

After gardening one group of the youth learn sewing skills. The sewing group received orders for cloth masks and face visors which they made for sale.  The youth made a lot of visors as a donation to deaf children and their teachers when schools opened in November. 

Some of the youth have lessons with a carpentry lecturer. They are learning how to use machines and how to make joints. Some are running their own projects, buying and selling or making different items for sale. Graham got an order for a shoe rack. He worked hard to make it and the buyer got him a second order from a friend. Graham lives alone and is trying to be independent. The orders are helping him to pay his rent and buy food. Patty makes her own clothes and different headwear. She models these by wearing them when she walks to the centre. People sometimes stop her to ask her about the items she has made and give her orders.   All the youth have lessons in basic business skills, that help them to improve their income generating efforts.

This year brought many challenges, with reduced travel and stay at home orders, buying and selling activities were much more difficult. Nzeve is grateful to many different supporters, some of whom sent funds for food parcels, other gifts helped the youth training and projects. 

We are grateful to everyone who sent gifts this year, at a time when most people face challenges, we are so privileged to receive your support.  

  

I love you
I love you
Masks for Covid 19 prevention
Masks for Covid 19 prevention
Patty's dress
Patty's dress
 
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