Working with Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Zimbabwe, Planet Aid currently supports Child Aid projects, a vocational school, the Ponesai Vanhu Junior School, and the Frontline Institute. DAPP Zimbabwe has been in operation since 1980 and implements 14 development projects in eight provinces, benefiting 300,000 people annually.
The Frontline Institute in Zimbabwe was established in 1993 in order to train individuals in development, helping create a dedicated cadre of development professionals working to alleviate dehumanizing circumstance around the globe. Most Frontline students are from countries where Planet Aid supports projects and will often take the knowledge gained back to their home countries and communities to further the efforts of development teams already in place. So far, Frontline has trained more than 4,500 students, most of whom are still working within the Humana People to People Federation (of which Planet Aid is a member).
Frontline trains its students to become political and cultural persons who act when they observe injustice and are passionate about creating development together with people in rural communities.
In 2017, Frontline trained 112 students who produced enough organic livestock and crops to make the school self-sustaining, planted more that 400,000 trees, installed 38 hand washing facilities in the surrounding communities, and connected with over 400 households to educate them on the symptoms, severity, and prevention of malaria. Read more about Frontline Institute.
Ponesai Vanhu Technical College, established in 1981, provides students with vocational skills, adult literacy lessons, and other tailored courses to accommodate the community and its employment needs. At the college, the students gain knowledge and practical skills in a trade of their choice. The college offers specialization in fields like business studies, motor mechanics, and masonry.
Another vital part of the program is the internship, where students work in different companies to practice their skills. The internship duration varies depending on the student’s chosen trade. Internships provide students with real-life training and experience, giving them the opportunity to see what they can expect if they join the workforce in that field. Students graduate with either national diplomas or recognized private diplomas at the end of their training. Read more about Vocational Schools.
Ponesai Vanhu Junior School
Ponesai Vanhu Junior School was established in 1994 as a rehabilitation and reintegration center for street children from some of the large cities, as well as children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The school, supported by Planet Aid in 2017, provides the basics for a stable and healthy life with food and nutrition, clothing, medical attention, and psychological support.
Along with a good education in standard subjects, the school provides education on gender equality, diet and nutrition, and technology and computer studies.
Total Control of the Epidemic
In 2000, Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) was established in Zimbabwe to work with the community to reach people with information on HIV/AIDS prevention, education, treatment referrals, and follow-up. In addition, TCE helped HIV-positive pregnant women learn their status, counseled them on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), and encouraged enrollment and adherence to PMTCT clinical services. TCE Zimbabwe reached more than 800,000 people, including more than 25,000 pregnant women. Read more about TCE.
Food for Better Living
DAPP Zimbabwe, with support from Planet Aid, launched Food for Better Living, a food relief project that sought to address the nutritional needs of families and the most vulnerable members of their households for six-month periods. The program targeted orphans in child-headed households, orphans and vulnerable children and their care-giving families, people living with HIV/AIDS and receiving home-based care, and pregnant women in preventing mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) programs and their families. The food was transported, delivered, and distributed to the Mudzi district in Mashonaland East and Manicaland Provinces. DAPP Zimbabwe mainstreamed distribution through its existing Child Aid and HOPE projects. This strategy was employed to ensure effective delivery as well as to enhance the impact of the project's community-strengthening initiatives. The beneficiaries received three servings of lentil soup daily over a period of 182 days, with a total of 4,684,680 servings distributed.
The HOPE project in Zimbabwe focused on increasing people’s access to HIV/AIDS services by establishing community centers that offer HIV prevention, treatment, and care, while working in conjunction with local clinics and hospitals. HOPE Zimbabwe offered sessions to the community in which basic information was covered about HIV/AIDS, including opportunistic infections, anti-retroviral therapy, prevention, and nutrition. In addition, peer educators and trained activists were involved in awareness campaigns in schools, at social gatherings, and at women’s clubs. In 2014, the HOPE project reached over 140,000 people with HIV/AIDS information and counseling. The program also tested 17,000 people for HIV and over 10,000 youth participated in HOPE clubs and activities that year. Read more about HOPE.
The Child Aid project was established in Zimbabwe in 1993. It follows a community-centered approach and supports children in all areas of development, including education; hygiene; water and sanitation; nutrition and income generation; and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria prevention. The program has different focus areas that it pursues in order to help communities create sustainable development and improve the lives of future generations.
Farmers’ Clubs sustainably improve the lifestyles of rural farmers in Zimbabwe through conservation farming. The farmers in one project area are broken into groups (or “clubs”) and work together to learn and improve their farming techniques, commerce skills, and thereby their livelihoods.
The farmers are trained to mitigate and adapt to climate change, becoming more resilient in their changing environments. The clubs receive agricultural training in topics like crop and environmental management, vegetable production, and crop diversification. The projects also provide technical assistance and facilitate visits among farmers so that they can share experiences on sustainable farming and low-cost solutions.