Zimbabwe Is Rising

It is now time to get down

“One Billion Rising” was a global movement involving groups of people all around the world on Valentine’s Day, who danced together in protest against violence against women and girls. Young people from Zvandiri joined together with other dancers the National Gallery in Harare, to make sure that Zimbabwe was also part of this global effort. Both men and women turned up to participate on the dance floor and what fun we had! Our theme was “Zimbabwe is rising to bring an end to violence against women and take women’s safety to the center of the agenda”.


Yesterday was about leaving your everyday life of both physical and emotional abuse knowing you can strike, dance and rise.
We joined the international community-many countries were rising with us and it was an exhilarating experience. If you want to learn the official One Billion Rising dance please go to http://onebillionrising.org/blog/we-have-an-anthem


Award winning photo of Africaid’s work

the mock graveyard

In 2011, Zvandiri youth created their own mock graveyard to advocate for an end to new HIV infections and HIV-related deaths in children. This was a very moving exhibit and left a big mark on the conference delegates who visited the exhibit.

Mr Wallace Mawire is a Zimbabwean photographer who visited the conference and photographed Africaid’s exhibit. We are happy to announce that the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) in association with Save the Children Sweden presented Mr Mawire with the Best Photojournalist award in Lilongwe, Malawi on 22 December 2012 for contribution towards ethical reporting on child rights in the Media.

Well done Mr Mawire for representing Zimbabwe and thank you for helping us to get our message out far and wide.

Mr Mawire receiving his award


Hello 2013

Africaid resumed work at their Avondale offices recently and it is great to be back and 2013 so far is promising to be better than 2012. First we would like to tell you that Africaid was this year’s winner of The Auxillia Chimusoro award-which seeks to honor the exceptional work done by individuals and organisations in the response to HIV/AIDS. The award comes with a grant of US$5 000. Check the full story at http://nehandaradio.com/2013/01/28/u-s-backs-zim-youth-in-fight-against-aids-stigma/
The Vocational Skills Programme has started once again with beneficiaries already enrolled for their chosen short courses at the Harare Polytechnic College and everyone is pretty much excited. Also the Zvandiri centres have begun their work- providing youth friendly corners and free environ. The CATS team started on a good note complementing their good work and they want to improve on the services they provide. Inorder to improve teambuilding they are now celebrating each other’s birthdays.
On a sad note, our I.T mentor Andreas Keller had to move on and fulfill other duties working for another organisation-Afya Mzuri located in Zambia(specialises in the implementation of HIV prevention and wellness programmes). On behalf of the Africaid team, Andy we miss you-do well, be well!