HIV & AIDS Information and Sharing session

The Zvandiri House
On the 26th of this month Africaid conducted an information sharing session at the Zvandiri house, with the Grade seven pupils of Westridge Primary School.
The children were very eager to learn what we do here at the house and they also proved to be very intelligent concerning HIV/AIDS, the modes of transmission and prevention. When asked ways in which we can make someone not feel rejected because of their status, they talked about showing love and supporting their peers, making them feel like human beings and shunning stigma.
They were also taught how HIV spreads in the body using the soldier game and they eagerly participated and they showed what they learnt using the soldier game.
All in all the children were very keen on the subject and really knew so much about the virus, we really had fun!


Zvandiri Centres

Since 2005, Africaid’s Zvandiri House has been providing services for children and adolescents in Harare . 5 satellite Zvandiri centres are now being established in city health clinics. We have had adolescent corners for some time now which were run by the CATS ( Africaid’s own youth counselors), but with funding from the Child Protection Fund, we are now able to construct individual structures in partnership with the City Health Department.The first one opened last week, run by Modesta, Lister and Freddy. What is their purpose? We want young people to be able to access information, counseling and referrals to other services (such as HIV testing, STI, family planning and OI/ART). What will they look like? With feedback from what the adolescents deem a fun and ado-friendly environment we have come up with such a place. Right now 4 more centres are still under construction and it is our hope to reach out to other adolescents in surrounding areas.
This week the CATS members are busy with the painting, decorating and actually seeing their hard work paying off.
The Zvandiri centre
The Zvandiri Centre


Tuku @ 60-belated birthday party

UNICEF Representative Dr Gianni Murzi, UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi

UNICEF Zimbabwe hosted a belated birthday party for their Regional Goodwill Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi. Oliver Mtukudzi or Tuku as he is known to most of his fans had a chance to mingle with children from various backgrounds as they in turn performed for him. He described abusing children as the worst cruelty ever and if it were your own child being abused how would a parent react. Oliver Mtukudzi also added that children should be protected and respected since their happiness should come first.

Wish you many more years to come Tuku.


The celebration of art

Africaid team joined other youths at the Shoko Festival workshops held at the Vera Amphitheatre, Gallery Delta. The Shoko International Spoken Word and Hip Hop Festival is a celebration of poetry, hip hop and urban culture.

group picture with Tehn Diamond and Nomsa Mazwai

Tehn Diamond and Nomsa Mazwai held the first of these workshops, raising awareness with ‘sing positive; learning to sing and speak out against HIV/AIDS stigma’. In concluding the workshop, youths came up with a wonderful song and posters shunning stigma.
Carl Joshua Ncube had the audience in stitches as he did what he knows best; comedy! To be a great comedian always comes down to knowing your audience and knowing when to deliver the punch line.
The most talented and amazing young poets converged for the youth slam; poetry battle with poets from as young as 10 years old showcasing their power.

‘Hip hop and social change’ came immediately after the youth slam and was facilitated by Godobori and Mic Crenshaw. They talked of how artists should stop depending on recording labels and start doing it your own way knowing that your talent will take you to the highest peak. We finished off the workshop by answering the question ‘how can we stop artists from being exploited’ and we answered in an artistic way – through song and poetry.