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!


Vocational Skills Training Programme (VSTP)

The VSTP started mid-2011 and was a pilot project focusing on those youths who were now adults and had nothing to do. The goal of the programme was to equip 30 adolescents with vocational skills which would assist them to gain employment in the immediate future. They had the choice of doing a short course with Harare Polytechnic College. This was a generous donation supported by the Swiss Aids Care International.
The beneficiaries graduated at the end of the year 2011, having completed courses in cosmetology (6), graphic designing (5), professional cookery (9), electrical installations (2), motor mechanics (2), auto electrical (2), fitting and turning (2), welding and fabrications (1). Unfortunately one of these beneficiaries passed on.
After the completions of the short courses they then went on to do Business Skills Training and ICDL training with the aid of experts in those areas. It is with great joy to note that some have gained employment.

“Being part of the vocational skills training programme has really changed my life. I have experienced a good and wonderful time on attachment. I’m still on attachment and looking forward on learning more. I have had fun, lots of fun, even though it’s senseless to do designing without your own machine. I’m still looking forward to having my own machine and also growing big in the designing industry.” Gordon (20)