Active Projects

Project summary

Complementing the vision of Mashambanzou Care Trust of providing quality care and support for the poor people living with HIV and to empower local communities to deal with HIV and AIDS, Mashambanzou Care Unit (MCU) provides treatment care and support to critically ill; poor and vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS. The MCU is a centre for holistic treatment of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS where all services are offered at free of charge without discriminating any individual or group of individuals. Admitted clients present with opportunistic infections as a result of lowered immunity due to Human Immune Virus (HIV) and a Family Centred Support system is used whereby treatment, psychosocial support (counselling, family tracing and reunions, identity registration), physiotherapy, nutritional support and health education are offered under one roof.

Target Population
People living with HIV/AIDS
Orphans and vulnerable children
Vulnerable members of our society due to poverty and or disability

Funding Partner
SIDA 

Program Summary

Children in difficult circumstances as a result of neglect, abuse, orphan hood and other factors particularly those with a parent or guardian admitted at Mashambanzou Care Unit (with no one fit to take care of them) are temporarily placed at houses of safety that are managed by MCT. The placements are done in partnership with the Department of Social Services after necessary assessments are done. The houses of safety are manned by certified foster mothers and MCT is committed to offering them nutritional support by providing them with food provisions on a monthly basis. Where the is need for medical attention, the children are referred to MCU were they are assisted with health services. All the children in the houses have their school fees paid for and supported with stationery and educational materials.

Target Population
Orphans and vulnerable children

Funding Partners
SIDA 

Project Summary

The Nenyere Day Care Centre enrols children from disadvantaged families to offer them integrated early childhood development education. These children are drawn from the most poor communities of Mbare such as Nenyere, Matapi, Shawasha and Matererini flats where extreme poverty and child neglect are common. The centre offers holistic services to ensure children are well equipped and supported to have balanced lives. They are taught according to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education ECD curriculum, offered nutritional support on a daily basis, have regular health check-ups and receive psychosocial support at the same facility. The centre is manned by trained ECD teachers, Social Workers, a nurse and support staff (chef, gardener) who have all been screened for child safeguarding purposes. Each year, 60 children are enrolled at NDCC.

Target Population
Orphans and vulnerable children

Funding Partner
SIDA 

Tariro Primary School

After coming across numerous cases of children not receiving quality education in the high-density area of Hopley Farm in Harare, Mashambanzou Care Trust (MCT) mobilized funds to build the only formal school in the area. However, a number of children could not access the formal school due to inability to pay school fees thus a standing agreement between MCT and the school`s responsible authority (City of Harare) which allows 50 children to be exempted from paying school fees each year. These children are identified and assessed by both Mashambanzou and the School. To ensure sustainability, Mashambanzou sits in the SDC Meetings of the school to advocate for affordable, accessible and quality education.

School fees payment and study material support


MCT offers Orphans and vulnerable children particularly those infected and affected by HIV support to access education as it recognises this as a basic right. Working closely with community structures, the Department of Social Welfare and other stakeholders, MCT identifies and assesses children to determine the type and level of support they require. Varying services such as school fees payment, uniforms, stationery and career guidance are then offered to the children. MCT has supported children from ECD to Tertiary Education.

Target population

Orphans and Vulnerable children

Funding Partner
LCM USA 

 Project Summary

The project aims to promote and uphold access of children to their rights by ensuring that they get services such as education, health and justice. The project builds the capacity of communities and households to protect children by carrying out activities which improve attitudes and behaviours as well as reduce poverty which evidently hinders child safeguarding efforts. This is done through awareness campaigns, training community based activists/change agents, income generating activities for increased household income and promoting asset based community development. Additionally, the project is committed to end Gender Based Violence (GBV) and aims at doing this by capacitating various community structures to respond to it effectively.

Target Population

Children
Women
Men

Funding Partners
CAFOD 

Project Summary

The project strives to improve quality of life for People Living with and affected by HIV/AIDS by offering treatment services, raising awareness on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services and strengthening child safeguarding systems. The project also seeks to promote male involvement and meaningful engagement of young people in effectively responding to HIV/AIDS through increased SRHR awareness and support for people living with HIV (PLHIV). Through the FCS, Mashambanzou Care Trust seeks to offer integrated services to members of affected families and communities by looking beyond the infected people to cater for the needs of those affected as well. For example, an infected parent can be offered treatment and adherence counselling whilst his/her child is assisted to acquire a birth certificate and/or offered educational assistance.

Target population
PLHIV
Adolescent boys and girls
Young men (25-35 years)

Funding Partner
OAK 

The project seeks to enhance access to treatment, care and ART adherence support for people living with HIV including those with disabilities. For quality service provision, MCT implements this in partnership with 2 other organisations namely Disability HIV/AIDS Trust and Deaf Zimbabwe Trust. By putting the different strengths together, MCT and its partners offer Adherence Support (Tracing and Reinitiating of Defaulters in partnership with Local Clinics), Treatment of Opportunistic infections, Economic Strengthening and access to SRHR Services for adolescents. Amongst those receiving treatment services, bedridden clients are referred to MCU for admission and further management.

Target Population
People with Disabilities (PWDs)
PLHIV
Adolescents 

Project Summary

The project seeks to improve equity of access to quality education through systems strengthening by partnering with schools, communities, authorities and other stakeholders in resource constrained areas. Pivotal to the objectives of the project is ensuring that communities, especially schools, are disability friendly, ECD friendly, slow learner friendly and girl friendly in terms of accessibility, personnel and service delivery. The project also supports selected schools to build and upgrade their infrastructure to ensure good water, sanitation and hygiene facilities are readily available for learners.

Target Population
OVCs
Adolescent girls
Teachers

Funding Partners
Misean Cara 

Project Summary

The increased vulnerability of young people (aged 10 to 24 years) due to poverty, HIV/AIDS and other factors has led to substance abuse, sexual abuse, mental health deterioration and teen pregnancies amongst others. It is against this background that Mashambanzou Care Trust through its partners (LCM Ireland and Friends of Mashambanzou) mobilised funds and built an Adolescent Centre in one of the communities in Harare where vulnerability to these ills is high amongst adolescents. This Centre is a one stop Centre and it is MCT’s vision for it to offer Sexual Reproductive Health services, HIV/TB treatment care and support, Youth educational Games, Information Technology Facilities and Library Amenities for adolescents and young people under one roof.

Target population
Adolescent boys and girls
Young men and women

Funding Partner
LCM Ireland
Friends of Mashambanzou