PROJECT PROGRESS REPORT FOR GLOBAL GIVING
During this quarter, door to door consultations or home visits have been carried out in Nkulumane District, Luveve District, Emakhandeni District and Magwegwe District. In these districts during this quarter, Trinity Project officers have managed to visit only 737 parents or carers (637 females and 100 males) were consulted on issues of birth certificates, parental death certificates, inheritance and property rights. As of these households 433 were from female-headed families and 304 were from male-headed families. 1254 cases were received from these households (670 girls and 584 boys).
LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC
Legal Advice consultations are conducted in place like Pelandaba Youth Arena, 4 legal advice clinics have been conducted during the first quarter. In these sessions that have been conducted only 22 Parents/ carers (21 females and 1 male) have been reached through Legal advice clinics. 16 of them were from female- headed families and 6 were from male-headed.33 cases were received (15 girls and 18 boys).
OFFICE DROP IN
Consultations are done in the office, that’s were clients visit Trinity Project offices seeking advice on birth and death registration, matters to do with inheritance and property rights. During the course of the first quarter, 252 parents/carers (185 females and 67 males) have visited our offices.120 were from female-headed families and 132 were from male-headed families.
In these cases 43% were referred by the CPCs, 27% were referred by the teachers from various schools across the districts were Trinity Project is implementing its activities.30% of these cases were referred by other stakeholders and government departments like Government Social Services Department, Child Line, Contact Family Counselling Centre, DIWA to mention only a few.
103 (57 girls and 46 boys), cases have been received and documented as success cases of children who have obtained birth certificates. 77 success cases were sponsored and 26 were non-sponsored. 2 children have accessed their parental death certificates so that they can access funds for school fees and claim pension of the deceased parents.
Trinity Project is still partaking in Kids clubs that are held in the districts in which the Project manoeuvres. Kids clubs give a platform that promotes child participation and that is where children are taught on the importance of early birth registration and on the importance of birth certificates. Different activities are being done in those clubs such as football, volleyball, netball, drama though there are no adequate resources to source those clubs. Trinity Project aspire that these kids clubs should grow and operate so that we develop tomorrow’s community out of these children.
36 Kids club sessions have been conducted with community Kids club groups, reaching out to 801 children (299 girls and 502 boys). In one of these sessions, Trinity Project has sponsored these Kids clubs with footballs and netballs that were donated by Highlanders Football club in the organisation’s “donate a ball to child” campaign. The organisation is looking forward to have more balls and other resources for these Kids clubs through such campaigns.
SENSITISATION MEETINGS AND TRAINING SESSIONS
Training sessions have been conducted and 85 Child Protection Committee members have been trained on identifying children in need of legal documents. 42 sensitisation meetings have been conducted with community groups and 3752 people (2863 women and 889 men) have been sensitised on issues of inheritance and law, birth and death registration. . 18 health workers have been reached through workshops facilitated by the project.
Winter 2015 Global Giving ReportHappy New Year from us here at ZET! Thanks to your continued support - your funding is helping us to support our partners in the Trinity Project and they are making great progress. During this quarter, door-to-door consultations and home visits have been carried out in Nkulumane District, Luveve District, Emakhandeni District and Magwegwe District, and the Trinity Project Officers have managed to visit 235 parents or carers who were consulted about birth certificates. The Trinity Project’s Legal Advice Clinics are also up and running and helping people to gain invaluable support about the legal documents which can grant them an education – 3 legal advice clinics were held during the month of November, and although 39 parents or carers were reached, there is certainly more work to be done because of the prevalence of the birth certificate problem. Consultations about birth certificates are also sometimes done in the office and during this quarter, 108 partners or carers have visited the offices, which shows great progress in that our Trinity Project partners are able to make a different to some people’s lives in Zimbabwe.The Trinity Project also is holding a new Kids Club Project thanks to your support with children between 5 and 18 – child participation is encouraged and children are taught on the importance of early birth registration and of birth certificates in order to help to stop this being a problem for the next generation – teaching children early why it is important for children to register with birth certificates is vital in helping the children themselves and their children. Currently, 456 attend the project which shows the way in which your donations are having a real impact on the ground, however the club requires more funding to be able to properly fund the club’s activities like football, volleyball, netball and drama. Our Trinity Project also teamed up with Vulindlela Orphanage Care Centre and held a Kids Christmas party that 300 children attended, as a consequence of your continued support – at the Children’s party, there was a poem citing competition, apple bobbing, musical chairs and quizzes – the children all had a great time! One of the most inspiring Poem’s written by the children is below, which really shows how the other work by the Trinity Project, such as the legal centre drops in, help to solve the issues concerning children: ALLOW ME TO SPEAKBy Rivaldo Siziba VulindlelaAllow me to speakBecause I must speakUntil when shall I be deprived?Of my right to haveA birth certificateOh birth certificate!!!Oh birth certificate!!!I am a child; I have the right to identityI am an orphan; I have the right to identityWhat will become of me without a birth certificate?Oh birth certificate!!!Oh birth certificate!!!It is not my fault that I lost my ParentsIt is not my fault to be in this earthHence it is my right to live and have a birth certificate.Oh birth certificate!!!Oh birth certificate!!! Finally, Trinity Project has also been holding training workshops about the need for birth certificates - 144 participants attended aross 4 workshops, and in addition to this there were also 15 sensitisation meetings that targeted just children and taught them the importance of holding birth ceriticates.
It is clear that your support is helping the Trinity Project to challenge the generational issue of a lack of birth certficate regisetration in Zimbabwe meaning children are unable to gain orphan status, and consequently denied access to education. Your support is helping the Trinity Project to succeed so thank you again, but as you can see there are still areas where we need more help to continue this great work.
Could you spare just £12 to help the Trinity Project provide 2 legal clinics?
We are continuing to work hard to ensure that vulnerable children in Bulawayo can obtain the identity documents they need to access education. Here is a quick update from Trinity Project about what they have been able to achieve over the past 3 months with your ongoing support.
Despite these successes, there are many challenges we still face. The economic climate in Zimbabwe makes it difficult for many parents to pay the administration fees required to obtain identity documents, and as our Kids Clubs increase in popularity the equipment we have to engage with children has to be spread ever more thinly. It is therefore vital that we continue to receive your support to ensure that every child can access their fundamental rights to identity and education. Many thanks once again.
Welcome to the Summer Update from ZET.
Over the past few months we have continued to help vulnerable children in Zimbabwe to access birth certificates and other important identity documents.
In the past 3 months, another 30 cases have been successfully resolved, while we have taken on 778 new cases, the majority of which are still in progress.
We have recently introduced 'Kidz Clubs' to our programme. These clubs are a fantastic way to engage with children and it gives them the opportunity to participate more fully in the project...as well as having fun!!!
The clubs are held at various locations in the areas of Bulawayo where the project is active. They provide a space for vulnerable children meet regularly and to play and share experiences. Through song, dance, and poetry they learn about children's rights and identity rights in a way which is fun and memorable.
Since we started these Kidz Clubs attendances have been growing by the week, with current numbers being around 200 children.
See the welcome ZET representatives were given by Magwegwe Kidz Club by following the YouTube link below!
Thank you once again for your ongoing support.
Welcome to the Spring update from ZET. We've had a very busy few months! Since October, we have achieved the following results...
60 girls and 68 boys were assisted to successfully obtain identity documents!
Some were required to travel to remote areas to access their birth records – the furthest being Binga, which is 400km away from Bulawayo and very difficult to access. This difficulty would previously have deterred the child from pursuing registration, but with the support offered by Trinity Project such individuals were able to track down their birth records and become formally registered.
19,567 people attended awareness raising activities!
Our awareness raising campaigns equip children and parents with knowledge on birth and death registration and inheritance issues.
In the last 6 months we reached 2,831 parents, 9,228 girls, and 7,598 boys!
Award winning Field Officers!
In December 2013 Nkazimulo Khumalo, one of the Trinity Project’s voluntary Field Officers, was presented with an ‘Outstanding Community Volunteer’ award by Zimbabwe Democracy Development Trust, in recognition of her work with this project.
Successful advocacy with local hospitals!
Trinity Project has conducted successful advocacy work with both United Bulawayo Hospital and Mpilo Hospital, which are both now issuing birth confirmation records without requiring poor mothers to pay hospital fees upfront, which had previously been a significant barrier to birth registration.
Thembi is a 16 year old orphan who was referred to the project by the local child protection committee. Just over two years ago, Thembi was raped by her uncle, and fell pregnant as a result. She is now mother to an 18 month old baby boy.
Thembi reported the rape to the police; her uncle was successfully prosecuted and is now in jail. However, as a result of this brave decision, Thembi received death threats from her extended family. Some of these family members also illegally occupied the house which had belonged to Thembi’s late parents.
Through mediation with the family, Trinity Project was able to find a family member to speak up on behalf of the girl. This enabled us to take the case to a Magistrate, who appointed Trinity Project as the executors of the deceased estate. As a result, it was then possible to evict the family members who were squatting in Thembi’s home.
By returning the house to Thembi and her child, the project provided them with a safe place to live. Since the courts ruled in her favour, Thembi's extended family have given up their efforts to grab the property and the death threats have stopped.
Thembi was always at the top of her class at school, but the traumas she has suffered over the last 2 years have forced her to drop out of education. She is now determined to find the money to pay for her school fees so she can return to education and fulfil her ambition of becoming a solicitor.
Sadly, there are many more girls like Thembi in Zimbabwe. But thanks to your continued support, we are able to intervene and provide them with the legal and emotional support they so desperately need.
(N.B. names in this case study have been changed in the interests of privacy and child protection).
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