How To Dance

1“How to Dance” has been produced by HIV positive children and adolescents from Africaid’s Zvandiri programme in Harare, Zimbabwe. This project was made possible through the Auxilla Chimusoro Alumni award from PEPFAR in January 2013. This award is given annually in memory of a courageous woman who was the first Zimbabwean woman to speak out bravely about her HIV status in the 1980’s.

Children and adolescents from Zvandiri have used this award to follow in Auxilla’s footsteps by also speaking out through their own song and DVD. For the first time, a group of HIV positive children and adolescents have come out publicly to describe the way in which they have learned “how to dance in the storm”, despite the challenges in their lives. As young people living with HIV, they call for zero HIV-related deaths, zero new HIV infections and zero stigma. Uniquely, they have been joined by a superband of Zimbabwean musicians who have helped them to turn their message in to a world class track and performance.

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Thanks to:

      • Lead Artist: Rina Mushonga
      • Artists: Mokoomba, Ba Shupi, Edith We Uthonga, Blackbird, Dizzy Don, Zimfellas, Zvandiri, Ammara Brown & Arundel School Choir
      • Production: Nicola Willis, Sue Powell, Anna Miller, The Book Cafe, Di Robson
      • Director and Camera: Linette Frewin
      • Post-production: Simon de Swardt
      • Recording Engineer: Vusa Moyo
      • Mixed by: David Gleeson and Marc ‘Archie’ Arciero
      • Illustration and DVD design: Marieke Ubbink
      • Photography: Andreas Keller

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Zvandiri Center Launch

The centres officially declared open-Councillor Mukunguma cuts the ribbon

The centres officially declared open-Councillor Mukunguma (in black suit) cuts the ribbon

Wilkins hospital in Harare was host to the official opening of the Zvandiri Centers on the 12th of November 2013. The centers have been under construction since last year and the aim of the centers is to cater for adolescents living with HIV and provide HIV treatment, care and support in an adolescent friendly environment. Each center is being managed by 2 CATS members so that adolescents have someone they can relate to and discuss health matters affecting them. Adolescents living positively most times find themselves feeling inadequate but by having an HIV positive peer to speak to them, they feel supported and understood.

Health Promoters entertain at the event

Health Promoters entertain at the event

These adolescents should be treated the same despite what is in their bloodstream. One adolescent once said instead of changing myself over and again, I want YOU to take, understand and see me as I am-ZVANDIRI. The invited guests included the guest of honor Councilor Mukunguma, representing His Worship, the Mayor of Harare; Dr Duri, Acting Director of Health Services, Harare City Health Department; Mrs. Munyaradzi, Head of Nursing, City Health Department; Mr. Zinyanya, Ministry of Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare; Mrs. Allet Sibanda and Beulah Senzanje both from UNICEF; Professor Luthy and Marion Mukasa Batende from Newlands clinic; Heads of Department, Matrons, nurses and Health promoters from the City Health Department. We also learnt of a big role being played by the Health promoters (community based care/mbuya nyamukuta) as they provided this information through song. CHIPAWO and Shining stars dance team did their best not to be outdone in entertaining the guests.

Other centers besides the one located at Wilkins hospital are situated in the following areas- Rutsanana clinic in Highfield/Glen Norah, Newlands clinic, Mabvuku Polyclinic and they are all fully functional. We hope by this time next year the centers still under construction will be completed.


New members (PAB)

Meeting in session

Meeting in session

The Peer Advisory Board (PAB) held their last meeting for the year 2013. As the Board we revisited our rules because they were lacking but the most outstanding was communication-there is need for communication and updating each other on the different issues in our support groups. PAB as you know is held on a quarterly basis and its members identify the challenges and successes in the support group structure and give feedback to the Board.

The above mentioned was done because we had new PAB members, we then discussed about our Mother organization Africaid-where it came from, its various works in the community and its goals.

The Chairperson briefly explained the role of the PAB members and how we operate, the structure and we set new rules for all the PAB members to uphold. After the recap, members of the board began their feedbacks from all the communities. The challenges that are being faced in the different communities are as follows;

  • In some communities children are in need of birth certificate and pill boxes
  • Children are not going to school because there is no money to cater for school fees and for those that are in still in school more stationery is needed
  • In some areas children walk long distances to attend the support group
  • It has been noted that boys in the support group are taking advantage when in a relationship and they are abusing girls
  • There is also discrimination in some clinics

Compiled by Munashe*

By Lawrence Magara

Foward ever backwards never

the cabinet still in the making

the cabinets still in the making

There comes a time in life when children grow up, be responsible and look after themselves. The Africaid-Zvandiri organization has graced the teenagers and adolescents in it to benefit through the Vocational Skills Training (VST) program. The program targets mainly on those adolescents who are above the age of 16 and it enables them to use their own hands hence acquiring their own income through it.Two beneficiaries of the 2013 VST program got together recently to assemble cabinets for the Zvandiri Centres situated at different Harare

When finished, they will be placed at the various centres

When finished, they will be placed at the various centres

Hospitals and Clinics.

Through the desires and aspirations they have it is no wonder that they created this in a short period of time. Well done to both and keep it up.