Trinity Project is increasingly aware of the complex family situations facing children in obtaining a birth certificate which is essential to register for primary education. Reading Sandile’s story of how she sadly became a single mum demonstrates the vital support of Trinity Project to both Sandile and her son Sabelo.
Sandile is a 30 year old woman who is a single mother of Sabelo a 6 year old son. At a young age Sandile was diagnosed with epilepsy. Sandile was cohabitating Takudzwa in South Africa. They were blessed with a baby boy and unfortunately their relationship started to fall apart when Sabelo was just three months old. Takudzwa started beating up Sandile claiming that she was cheating on him. At first Sandile thought she could bear the beatings but with time she started fearing for her life and her son’s life.
At that time Sandile’s epileptic attacks also started to recur more frequently and she knew she could not live like that. She feared that someday she could be alone when the seizures started and she could not bear the thought of dying and leaving her son. She then decided to come back home to Zimbabwe to live with her father. She knew that her parents were going to be heart broken when they heard that their daughter had been cohabitating with a man and had a child out of wedlock, but she was willing to go back home and face her parents. It would have been far worse to live with the fear of not knowing when Takudzwa would beat her up or when she would be attacked by seizures while alone.
The problem she had when she came to Zimbabwe is that her son had no birth certificate and since she was not working, she could not afford to pay for the external birth registration and the admission of guilt as she had crossed the border with Sabelo who did not have a passport. When she came to Trinity Project, the organisation funded her case and Sabelo now has a birth certificate! Though she is still trying to get a job so that she can pay school fees for Sabelo, she has one problem off the list.
Though Sandile is struggling to make ends meet she has peace of mind that Sabelo has a birth certificate.
Please give today to help other single mothers and their children. Thank you.
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 Report
Happy 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 SPEAK
By Rivaldo Siziba Vulindlela
Allow me to speak
Because I must speak
Until when shall I be deprived?
Of my right to have
A birth certificate
Oh birth certificate!!!
Oh birth certificate!!!
I am a child; I have the right to identity
I am an orphan; I have the right to identity
What will become of me without a birth certificate?
Oh birth certificate!!!
Oh birth certificate!!!
It is not my fault that I lost my Parents
It is not my fault to be in this earth
Hence 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.
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