Local Partners

Children First has 14 local partners, primarily non-governmental organizations, who were selected for their strong community base and demonstrated capacity to reach vulnerable children in hard to reach, under-served urban areas. Each of the 15 partners brings technical expertise in a particular domain and 6 of them sub-grant to smaller community-based or faith-based organizations. A total of 43 community and faith-based partners are reached by the 14 partners through sub-granting and provision of technical assistance. In this regard, Children First ensures that resources and technical support go directly to the frontline service providers who are best able to assist orphans and vulnerable children. Partners Include:

Africaid, Zimbabwe

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Africaid works directly with children infected by HIV and AIDS to enhance their psychological, emotional and social well being. Through community-based support groups run by trained volunteers, AFRICAID provides counseling, reproductive health education, confidence building, and recreational activities for children and adolescents in 17 communities. In collaboration with Children First (CF), AFRICAID supports more than 600 HIV- infected children with educational, material and psychosocial support services. To improve adherence support, AFRICAID runs a peer-to-peer, adolescent-driven program called Community Adherence Treatment Supporters.

Areas served: Mbare, Hatcliffe, Kambuzuma, Glenview, Budiriro, Dzivarasekwa, Chitungwiza, Epworth, Mabvuku, Sunningdale, Highfield, City Centre, Waterfalls, and Warren Park.

OVC Services Provided: Psychosocial support, education support, life-skills.

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Chiedza Child Care Centre (CCCC)

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Chiedza Child Care Centre offers comprehensive services aimed at improving the welfare of children, especially those infected with HIV. In collaboration with Children First (CF), Chiedza seeks to increase access to quality education accessed by orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), through payment of school fees, out-of-school study groups, and access to a resource center. In partnership with CF, CCCC currently provides 1,339 OVC with direct education services, as well as an additional 2,900 children indirectly through school infrastructure improvements. CCCC also works with school development committees, caregivers, and teachers to ensure that children benefit holistically from the school environment.

Areas served: Mbare, Sunningdale and Ardbennie/Prospect.

OVC Services Provided: Psycho-social support, nutritional support, reproductive health, educational support.

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Child Protection Society (CPS) CPS Logo

Child Protection Society seeks to promote the well-being of children and protect them from neglectthrough advocacy for children’s rights. In collaboration with Children First, CPS provides psychosocial support and counseling to 5,400 orphan and vulnerable children aged 8 years and younger. It has also established five early childhood development centers (in addition to its already-existing centers) in two high-density areas of Harare, where 1,400 children receive nutritional support. CPS also helps 500 children access pediatric anti-retroviral therapy (ART) services, and supports 300 primary caregivers with livelihood activities such as nutritional gardens.

Areas served: Highfield—wards 24-26, Kambuzuma—wards 13–14.

OVC Services Provided: Psychosocial support, nutritional support, social protection.

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Childline Zimbabwe

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Childline Zimbabwe provides protection services for children against sexual, emotional, and physical abuse .Through its 24-hour toll-free and confidential hotline and write-in service, Childline offers counseling and psychosocial support to children. In collaboration with Children First, Childline extends its hotline service by offering community-based crisis counseling through its community drop-in centers located around Harare, reaching more than 2,000 children. Childline also works with local communities to promote child rights and combat abuse.

Areas served: Harare Province and surrounding peri-urban areas.

OVC Services Provided: Psychosocial support, nutritional support.

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Family Support Trust (FST)

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Family Support Trust (FST) promotes child protection through community advocacy on child abuse. FST provides Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and supportive counseling to child survivors of abuse in Harare, Bindura, Marondera, Chimanimani, Beitbridge, and Gwanda. In collaboration with Children First, FST strengthens the capacity of communities to manage child sexual abuse through training community focal persons (CFPs) and providing grassroots psychosocial support to survivors of sexual abuse. FST also trains child peer educators and works with children to develop IEC materials on child sexual abuse.

Areas Served: Harare (Dzivarasekwa, Tafara, Mabvuku, Warren Park and Mhondoro), Bindura, Marondera, Chimanimani, Beitbridge and Gwanda.

OVC Services Provided: Psychosocial support, reproductive health, educational support, life skills training.

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GrassrootSoccer Academy (GRS)

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Grassroots Soccer Academy  seeks to equip youth with information and life skills to help them protect themselves and others from HIV and AIDS. GRS uses soccer and IEC materials as tools to sensitize youth about HIV and AIDS and provide sexual and reproductive health information to promote behavior change and enhance life skills. GrassrootSoccer Academy trains peer educators and local community leaders and uses sports icons to promote behavior and lifestyle changes. In collaboration with Children First, GRS provides 5,000 children and youth in Umzingwane District with sexual and reproductive health information to promote behavior change and enhance life skills.

Areas served: Mzilikazi, Old Lobengula, Lobengula Extension, Magwegwe North, Mpopoma, Magwegwe West and Entumbane.

OVC Services Provided: Psychosocial support, reproductive health, child protection.

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Hospice Association of Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ)

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HOSPAZ provides training tohome-based care organizations so they can improve palliative care delivery in their communities and assists its partners in implementing children’s palliative care. Through partnership with Children First, HOSPAZ trains 180 caregivers on child counseling; increases awareness on children’s palliative care; advocates for improved availability of pediatric antiretroviral therapy (ART) for children; and provides palliative care including counseling, reproductive health education, and recreational support to more than 360 OVC in Harare, Bulawayo, Norton, and Mhondoro.

Partners: AIDS Counseling Trust and United Methodist Church.

Areas served: Mufakose, Seke, Chitungwiza, Epworth, Mabvuku, and Highfield.

OVC Services Provided: Psychosocial support.

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Howard Mission Hospital

Image of Salvation Army logo.Howard Mission Hospital is an entry point for comprehensive support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Howard seeks to improve the quality of life for OVC by initiating, developing, and sustaining social services, psychosocial support, food, shelter, education assistance, and health care.The hospital provides primary health care services, reproductive health education, home-based care support, and educational assistance to OVC. It also provides medical treatment, nutritional support and educational assistance to OVC, and is a referral center for OVC needing shelter. In collaboration with Children First, more than 7,000 children currently benefit from services offered by Howard Hospital.

Areas Served: Mazowe and surrounding areas.

OVC Services Provided: Psychosocial support, nutritional support, reproductive health, educational support.

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Justice for Children Trust (JCT)

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The Justice for Children Trust provides free legal services to children in difficult circumstances. In collaboration with Children First, JCT provides free community-based legal services to over 1,700 children in Harare and surrounding areas.JCT also works with small community-based organizations and school law clubs to develop advocacy strategies on child protection issues, including child physical and sexual abuse issues, neglect of OVC, HIV and the law, reproductive health education, inheritance, and birth registration.

Areas served: Epworth, Mabvuku, Kuwadzana, and Mufakose.

OVC Services Provided: Psychosocial support, legal assistance, educational support, Birth registrations.

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JF Kapnek Trust

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JF Kapnek Trust focuses on helping children through three primary interventions, PMTCT, Early Childhood Development and a disabled children program in Harare, Norton and Zvimba. In collaboration with Children First, JF Kapnek provides disabled children with community rehabilitation services. This includes access to professional therapists, caregiver education on the different conditions of their children, including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and hearing impairment, and diagnosis as well as treatment.

Areas served: Mbare, Hatcliffe, Kambuzuma, Glenview, Budiriro, Dzivarasekwa, Chitungwiza, Epworth, Mabvuku, Sunningdale, Highfield, City Centre, Waterfalls, and Warren Park.

OVC Services Provided: Health, psychosocial support, child protection.

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Mavambo Trust Mvambo Learning Centre Logo

Mavambo Trust provides community-based orphan care support which includes increased access to education, pediatric palliative care, psychosocial support, and nutrition and medical assistance to children and adolescents in Harare.In collaboration with Children First, Mavambo supports over 1,000 children with counseling, reproductive health education, access to education and homework support, school fees payment, palliative care, medical support for caregivers, birth registration, nutritional support, and sanitary wares.

Partners:  Wamine Pre-school, Royal Pre-School, St Alphonus Pre-School and Young People we Care project.

Areas served: Mabvuku, Tafara, Caledonia and Kwabhobho.

OVC Services Provided:: Psychosocial support, reproductive health, medical support, birth registration.

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Oasis Zimbabwe

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Oasis Zimbabwe works with communities to improve the quality of pre-school education for orphan and vulnerable children (OVC). Oasis provides reproductive health education and supports the development of life skills for young people through recreation. Oasis works with local churches to strengthen their capacity to respond to OVC needs. In partnership with Children First, Oasis assists in improving access to quality education for OVC by strengthening the capacity of teachers and community groups who deliver services to OVC. Oasis currently collaborates with 12 churches to improve access to quality pre-school education to 500 OVC. Oasis also supports over 1,500 youth with reproductive health education and life skills.

Areas served: Arcadia, Tafara, Kuwadzana, Caledonia, Chikurubi, Epworth, Hatcliffe, Goromonzi, Glenorah Mbare, Chitungwiza, Rugare, Stanton, Snake world, Glenview, Wingate.

OVC Services Provided: Psychosocial support, nutritional support, educational support

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Seke Rural Home Based Care

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Seke Rural Home Based Care supports community efforts to reduce the proportion of children facing psychosocial challenges as a result of HIV and AIDS. In collaboration with Children First, Seke supports over 1,400 orphan and vulnerable children in greater Harare (Seke and Manyame) with pediatric palliative care, training of caregivers, counseling, bereavement support, educational assistance and material support such as sanitary ware.

Areas served: Chitungwiza and Seke (Greater Harare, peri-urban settlements).

OVC Services Provided: Psychosocial support, medical support, educational support.

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Umzingwane AIDS Network (UAN)

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Umzingwane AIDS Network aims to improve the quality of life for children, especially OVC and children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. UAN works extensively with community volunteers and home-based caregivers to reach out to communities with information on HIV prevention, care, and support to mitigate the impact of the epidemic on communities. In collaboration with Children First, UAN ensures access to and retention of 2,000 OVC in school for the third school term of 2010. Through its capacity building initiative, UAN works with 170 school development committees (SDCs) to equip them with skills so they are better able to manage projects and mobilize resources for the development of their schools. UAN also works on improving access to information on sexual and reproductive health for youth.

Areas served: Umzingwane District – wards 1-20.

OVC Services Provided: Psychosocial support, nutritional support, reproductive health, educational support and legal assistance.

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