Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai

by Hope for a Child in Christ (HOCIC)
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai
Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai

Final Project Report The help 500 families in Zimbabwe affected by Cyclone Idai is a project that is implemented by Hope for a Child in Christ (HOCIC) under GlobalGiving online crowd funding platform. To date, the project has assisted 700 girls with sanitary wear, stationery and with the rebuilding of infrastructure such as roads. During the project, HOCIC partnered with Fountain of Hope Foundation and Higher Life Foundation.  In 2019 after the aftermath of the Cyclone, HOCIC partook in the helping of families in Zimbabwe affected by the Cyclone Idai. During the first visit, the program implementers’ objectives were to assess and evaluate the extent of the damage caused by the cyclone, to carry out a needs assessment, to partner with like minded organizations working in the areas to provide psycho-social support, reconstruction of infrastructure such as roads damaged by the cyclone and distribute stationery and clothing to the survivors. The team toured Ngangu area in order to assess the socio economic, environmental and psychological damage caused by the Cyclone. HOCIC and Fountain of Hope Foundation partnered with Higher Life Foundation who had mobilised community volunteers and provided materials to use such as wheelbarrows, shovels, picks and protective clothing to clear the debris and reconstruct the roads using available resources such as rocks and soil. The team also conducted psycho social support and counselling of children and families affected by the cyclone. The trip was fruitful as the team managed to note a number of needs in the area such as ablution facilities for the school, school uniforms, stationery, housing, sanitary ware, essentials for new born babies and psycho-social support for the school going children.   Despite having failed to raise enough funds on the GlobalGiving platform for the project the team conducted a visit to Chimanimani in mid September 2019. The objectives of the visit were to increase access to sanitary ware that is safe for adolescent girls and young women affected by Cyclone Idai to ensure sustainable menstrual hygiene through the provision of training on the production and management of reusable sanitary pads to adolescent girls and young women and to improve uptake of education through the provision of stationery to children affected by Cyclone Idai. The team managed to distribute one thousand five hundred 32 page exercise books, 1200 pens, 750 book covers, 750 plastic covers 600 sellotapes to 292 children at Tilbury Primary School in ward 12 of Chimanimani District. The team also managed to distribute 400 dignity packs to girls at Chimanimani High school; the dignity pack constituted of packet of 4 reusable sanitary pads, one cotton panty and one face towel. The girls were also trained on menstrual hygiene and how to use reusable sanitary wear.The team found that the district was still in recovery and due to economic challenges in the country the survivors of the disaster were still finding it difficult to put their lives together. Hence HOCIC pledged to continue with the initiative to support families on their recovery.    In the following quarter, the program assistant conducted monitoring visits and calls to the beneficiaries of the reusable sanitary wear and stationery. Feedback received was positive and encouraging. The adolescent girls who received the dignity packs stated that they were now able to attend school even on days when they are on their periods as they have proper panties and sanitary pads that prevent leakage. Leakage during periods causes embarrassment and girls would rather miss school if they do not have proper panties and sanitary wear. This means that girls used to miss out on school and this affected their uptake of the education they received. The girls also stated that the dignity packs helped increase their confidence levels, hence they were enabled to take part in activities at school such as sports, drama and debate. The headmaster at Tilbury primary school, which received the stationery stated that the school attendance during the third term of 2019 was high that the second term and the children participated actively because they all had stationery which enabled them to do their school work properly. He stated that most children at the school were severely affected by the Cyclone. Parents and guardians were struggling to put their lives and homes back together, hence the stationery had helped them a lot. However, the stationery was only enough for the third term of 2019 and a bit of the first term of 2020.    The program was quite fruitful and partly achieved its goals though there were financial hiccups that hindered its progress thus leading to some plans failing to go through for example being able to go for more monitoring visits in Chimanimani to assist the people affected by the cyclone.  HOW THE PROJECT HELPED PEOPLE

The project helped to improve the psycho social well-being of children as a response to the effects of Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani. 

It ensured sustainable menstrual hygiene through the provision of training on the production and management of reusable sanitary pads to adolescent girls and young women.

Improved uptake of education through the provision of stationery to children affected by Cyclone Idai. Increased access to sanitary ware that is safe for the adolescent girls and young women affected by Cyclone Idai. 

CHALLENGES FACED

The project faced financial challenges which led it to it being discontinued

The COVID-19 lockdown made it impossible to move around for project members to monitor the program on the ground 


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HOCIC has continued implementing the Help 500 families affected by Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe. In the last quarter the project distributed dignity packs, which consisted of four reusable sanitary pads, a face towel and a cotton panty, to adolescent girls in Chimanimani and conducted menstrual health trainings. The project also distributed stationery to children between the ages of six and thirteen at a primary school in Chimanimani.

In the quarter under review the project conducted monitoring visits and calls to the beneficiaries of the reusable sanitary wear and stationery. Feedback received is very positive and encouraging. The adolescent girls who received the dignity packs stated that they were now able to attend school even on days when they are on their periods as they have proper panties and sanitary pads that prevent leakage. Leakage during periods causes embarrassment and girls would rather miss school if they do not have proper panties and sanitary wear. This means that girls miss out on school and this affects their uptake of the education they receive. The girls also stated that the dignity packs have also helped increase their confidence levels, hence they are able to take part in activities at school such as sports, drama and debate. The headmaster at Tilbury primary school, which received the stationery stated that the school attendance during the third term of 2019 was high that the second term and the children participated actively because they all had stationery which enabled them to do their school work properly. He stated that most children at the school were severely affected by the Cyclone and parents and guardians were struggling to piece their lives and homes back together, hence the stationery had helped the parents. However, the stationery was only enough for the third term of 2019 and a bit of the first term of 2020 and now some parents and guardians are struggling to get stationery for their children.

The project still faces challenges in raising funds to continue with implementing the project.

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ACTIVITY REPORT

Activity:               Distribution of dignity packs and distribution of stationery.

Location:              Chimanimani Wards 12 and 15

Officers:                 Ntandoyenkosi Mpofu (Documentation) and Thelmah Nyirongo (Program Assistant)

OBJECTIVES

  • To increase access to sanitary ware that is safe for the adolescent girls and young women affected by Cyclone Idai.
  • To ensure sustainable menstrual hygiene through the provision of training on the production and management of reusable sanitary pads to adolescent girls and young women.
  • To improve uptake of education through the provision of stationery to children affected by Cyclone Idai.

CONTENT COVERED

Despite failing to raise much funds for the project on the Global Giving Platform, HOCIC continued to partner with Fountain of Hope in supporting program costs in Chimanimani. On the ground the team managed to Partner with the local authorities and worked closely with the Department of Social Welfare and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE). As a district, Chimanimani have received an overwhelming amount of aid since the disaster and it has been very helpful. Working with stakeholders on the ground from government departments and other NGOs avoids a lot of duplication of aid which at times can result in unsustainable impact.

The team managed to distributed stationery to 292 children at Tilbury Primary School and dignity packs to 400 girls at Chimanimani High School. Besides distributing stationery and dignity packs (Panties, Soap, Towel and Sanitary Wear) the organisation conducted a training on how to make reusable sanitary pads and to tour the areas to find out what changes have happened since the last visit to the area and to assess the recovery from the disaster. The team continued to offer psycho social support to children affected by the Cyclone through child friendly tools such as puppetry, poetry and storytelling.

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Despite having failed to raise enough funds on the Global Giving platform for the project, HOCIC continued to partner with Fountain of Hope Foundation during the quarter under review conducted another visit to Chimanimani. The objectives of the visit were to increase access to sanitary ware that is safe for the adolescent girls and young women affected by Cyclone Idai, to ensure sustainable menstrual hygiene through the provision of training on the production and management of reusable sanitary pads to adolescent girls and young women and to improve uptake of education through the provision of stationery to children affected by Cyclone Idai.

The HOCIC team managed to distribute one thousand (1500) 32-page exercise books, 1200 pens, 750 book covers, 750 plastic book covers and 600 sellotapes to 292 children at Tilbury Primary school in ward 12 of Chimanimani district. Tilbury Primary school is situated in an area on the border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Many of the parents of the children at the school have no formal employment and reply on carpentry and short-term contracts on the timber estate close by. However, due to the country’s economic state the estate has significantly cut down production hence it hires less workers and this leaves the unemployment rate in the area very high. The Cyclone also washed away most of their belongings including tools that could be used for income generation. These two factors have made it difficult for parents in the area to pay school fees and also provide necessities such as stationery to their children.

The HOCIC team also managed to distribute 400 dignity packs to girls at Chimanimani High school. The dignity packs consist of a packet of 4 reusable sanitary pads, one cotton panty and one face towel. The girls were also trained on menstrual hygiene and how to take care of the reusable sanitary pads. Chimanimani high school is situated in ward 15 of the district which was also hit hard by the Cyclone and the community is still struggling to recover.

The team also went on a tour of Ngangu area, which is one of the areas that was hit the hardest by the Cyclone and where many people lost their homes and lives. The area is where the HOCIC team helped with rehabilitation of roads during the April 2019 visit. There has been also of change in the area, some people have started rebuilding their homes from the foundation and some have completed them. Some of the people whose houses were partially destroyed have moved back to those homes and have covered the destroyed parts with plastics and zinc sheets. However, most of the people who lost their homes and livelihoods have not managed to rebuild their homes and are living in tents in the camps set up by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHRC).

The district is still in recovery and due to economic challenges in the country the survivors of the disaster are still finding it difficult to put their lives together. Hence HOCIC would like to continue with the initiative to support families on their recovery.

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Help 500 families in Zim affected by Cyclone Idai 1st Quarter report
HOCIC in partnership with Fountain of Hope Foundation sent a team consisting of six people on a seven-day trip to Chimanimani from the 5th to the 11th of April 2019. The objectives of the trip were; to access and evaluate the extent of damage caused by the cyclone, to carry out a needs assessment, to partner with like minded organisations working in the areas to provide psycho social support, reconstruction of infrastructure such as roads damaged by the cyclone and distribute stationery and clothing donations to the cyclone survivors.
The team took a tour of the Ngangu area in order to assess the impact socio-economic, environmental and psychological damage caused by the cyclone. Members of the team spoke to various community members who narrated what happened before, during and after the cyclone. The storm that caused the most damage occurred at around 2100hours on Friday the 15th of March 2019, the mud and rocks that caused the destruction went on for about forty-five minutes to an hour. Those that resided at the higher areas were mostly the survivor and those in the lower levels were washed away together with their houses, cars and all any other moveable things in the area. Roads in the area were all destroyed and barricaded by the washed away objects and most of the schools’ toilets in the area were destroyed but the classrooms were left intact. Scores of the survivors’ sort refuge in the schools, churches and the hotel which were left standing during the cyclone.
HOCIC and Fountain of Hope Foundation partnered with Econet who had mobilised community volunteers and provide materials to use, such as wheelbarrows, shovels, picks and protective clothing, to clear the debris and reconstruct the roads using available resources such as rocks and soil. During the work the team spoke to the volunteers and most of them indicated that they lost their livelihoods to the cyclone and had no idea how to provide food and all other necessities for their families. Some of the volunteers also stated that they had joined the team of volunteers to try find the bodies of their loved ones who had still not been found and were believed to be buried under the debris. Some of the team members also joined the Econet Higher life foundation who were conducting registrations of children who lost their caregivers to the cyclone for school fees aid and other school related necessities. During this it was noted that there was a high number of children who went into the holding camps without caregivers and were being looked after by the adults they went into the camps with who were either complete strangers or were previous neighbours.
The team also took time to play and talk to the children who were living at the Chimanimani hotel. The children found the play time refreshing and for a moment brought normalcy to their lives that had been turned upside down overnight. The team had also received a large donation of stationery which was handed over to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to be distributed to the schools accordingly. Clothing donations were also distributed to the people living at the hotel. As they received the clothing, they expressed gratitude and also stated that their main worry was accommodation. They were concerned about getting homes where they could be able to resume their normal lives and carry out income generating activities to enable them to fend for their families. Amongst the people residing at the hotel were pregnant women who expressed great worry because they were almost due to give birth but had nothing as all their belongings were lost during the cyclone, Some had received mama kits from UNFPA but stated that these were not enough as they also need diapers, baby clothes and other essentials for new born.
The trip was fruitful as the team members managed to note a number of needs in the area, such as ablution facilities for the schools, school uniforms, stationery, housing, essentials for new born babies and psycho social support for the children as they return back to school. Since the trip HOCIC has been able link a family with someone who could provide housing in a different district which is less likely to experience the same disaster. However, nothing more has been done due to a lack of funding.



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Hope for a Child in Christ (HOCIC)

Location: Bulawayo - Zimbabwe
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Sunga Mzeche
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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