HOPEHIV works with communities in Zimbabwe to provide care and skills to children who would otherwise be living and working on the streets
From 2010 to 2013 Johnson Matthey supported HOPEHIV with a grant of £10,000 for its delivery of a programme aimed at reducing the number of children living and working on the streets in Zimbabwe.
HOPEHIV works in three communities in Zimbabwe with the following objectives:
- Improving the care giving abilities of the parents of former street and vulnerable children
- Supporting former street youth with vocational skills and rehabilitation from street life
- Providing psychological support activities for children through creative arts and therapy
- Providing early childhood education to pre-school children
- Empowering up to 10,000 targeted children and communities on guarding against child abuse, child rights and responsibilities and child protection issues
- Increasing community involvement in protection, rights and needs of children at risk.
The grant from Johnson Matthey meant that more than 40 families (including 52 mothers) received weekly and/or fortnightly monitoring and support on income generating activities enabling them to maintain their family livelihood.
- Eight former street youths are now employed, under mentorship or self-employed.
- 36 families of pre-school children were visited at least twice resulting in 31 preschoolers graduating and now being able to access primary education.
- More than 10,000 children were seen by a Child Rights Club or Child Protection Committee.
- Stakeholder meetings were held in three communities where child protection issues, training and education took place.
Johnson Matthey remains committed to working with HOPEHIV and is funding them for another three year cycle on a project that aims to uphold the basic rights and responsibilities of street children through community and child participation, by providing education and training related to their welfare and protection.