NATCAZ will introduce the Healing Power of Creative Arts where respite; comfort, positivity and hope can be found enabling, communities in Chimanimani affected by Cyclone Idai to relate their stories through Safe Women, Youth and Children's Hubs (SWYACH) through performing and visual arts recordings, involving the affected communities. 169 perished 328 went missing and 11,255 were displaced. Described by the UN as 'one of the worst weather-related disasters in Africa'.
Cyclone Idai saw people drowning and losing their lives, livestock, bridges and buildings destroyed, women, youth and children traumatized by seeing their floating relatives and cars swept away. Civic Society and Churches Joint Forum (CSCJF) Coordinator Abigail Mupambi, on a fact-finding mission on aid distribution, said apart from shelter, food and basic health care, survivors needed psycho-social support. She said. "There is need to provide psycho-social support to the affected communities."
The SWYACH are 3 Safe Creative Hubs for training women, youth and Children in creative arts. A team comprising of creative famous arts experts will work with the community to produce products that will be recorded, exhibited and performed during fairs, festivals as well as played on Radio and TV including Social Media mitigating trauma and creating employment. Famous Artists such as Dominic Benhura (Sculptor) and Alick Macheso (Musician) will be engaged to motivate the participants.
Community based multi-stakeholder coordination mechanisms strengthened to monitor and provide psycho-social support for flood affected victims and survivors of the Cyclone IDAI. Victims turned skilled artists able to lead a normal life through the sale of their products. Supply of clean water to villages impacting on 5000 people. Cultural Hubs offering training and recreational facilities positively impacting on more than 10000 especially women and children.