On the 12th of March 2016, Restless Development Zimbabwe ICS (International Citizenship Service) Volunteers, hosted an awareness campaign focusing on HIV and AIDS in Ushewokunze (Ushe), a high density suburb in Harare. The campaign was the first of its kind in the area, and attracted a crowd of 500 people.
Every day in Zimbabwe, 400 people die of AIDS-related diseases, creating a growing population of orphans and vulnerable children who are either raised by relatives or forced to fend for themselves. People with HIV face a near 100% unemployment rate, while orphans and vulnerable children often can’t afford to go to school. An estimated 1.7 million people are facing hunger, and poor nutrition means that anti-retroviral treatment for HIV often fails. There is widespread stigma and discrimination and a lack of access to services for people with HIV. Livelihoods interventions for these groups are often ineffective, uncoordinated and unsustainable.
Young people in rural Zimbabwe have limited access to basic education and struggle to develop marketable personal and vocational skills. The education system is weak and combined with a lack of employment opportunities, this leaves young people without skills or resources to fulfill their potential and increasingly vulnerable to exploitative and risky relationships. Lack of hope and opportunity leads to high levels of school drop-out, teenage pregnancy, early marriage, HIV and substance abuse. As young people struggle to navigate the years between adolescence and adulthood, little guidance is available to them and they have difficulty generating enough income to take control of their lives and remain above the poverty line.
As part of a wider EU delegation mission to Matabeleland from the 30th of January to the 3rd of February 2012, the Restless Development youth resource centre in Plumtree, Zimbabwe hosted a visit from members of the European Union. The visit was an exciting opportunity for the team in Plumtree to showcase their EU- supported Youth Empowerment Programme, after successfully hosting previous EU visits to Hwedza and Chimanimani in August 2011.
This week Dance4Life Zimbabwe is taking part in an online competition to win a €25,000 donation! The competition is run by the Dutch Postcard Lottery and runs from the 12th December until 12pm 16th December! We are competing with two other organisations and whoever has the most votes will receive the donation.