We were recently asked to list Oasis Zimbabwe's achievements over the past ten years, and thought we would share our reflections here!
The Pre-School Project has trained 216 teachers in Early Childhood Development in partnership with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, and has facilitated access to ECD for 27,500 orphaned and vulnerable children, by partnering with local churches and primary schools to establish ECD centres. We have a success rate of 98% of ECD children progressing to Grade 1.
PSP has also trained 1200 parents and caregivers in income generation through forming savings and loans groups, and trained the same 1200 caregivers in child protection.
The Pre School Project has partnered with the Department of Child Welfare and Probation Services to facilitate case management for 550 of the most vulnerable children in the ECD centres, and has recently run awareness campaigns on paedeatric HIV in Epworth and Goromonzi in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
The Skills Training Project has run vocational and entrepreneurial training for 100 young men in carpentry, ICT, agriculture and business skills, while 93 young women have completed a 12 month course in tailoring, ICT, business and life skills. A further 52 girls have completed an introductory course in tailoring over 6 or 12 weeks.
Skills Training has recently had its tailoring course accredited by HEXCO, to offer the girls a National Certificate in Clothing Technology. The Project also constructed a purpose-built, fully equipped training centre at Oasis Zimbabwe.
Our Church & Community Empowerment Programme has trained 1612 people in community development from 15 churches, across several denominations and suburbs.
Through the Tanaka Project, over 300 children aged 8-18 who had been living and working on the streets have been assisted in partnership with the Department of Child Welfare and Probation Services. Assistance has included family tracing, reunification or placement in foster care, school fees, groceries, medical care, counselling and vocational training. Oasis Zimbabwe has also supported four former street girls to attend university.
40 Self-Help Groups have been formed in Epworth, comprising 601 members, and a Cluster Level Association has been formed to represent the groups at district level. In total the groups had saved $68,100 by the end of 2015, which forms the capital for micro-loans to group members in order to start or expand a business.
This is just a snapshot - the numbers do not do justice to the hard work of our staff and the commitment of our beneficiaries. We are very proud of what has been achieved and look forward to the next ten years!