New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa

Head of Mission Fund Recipients: Report for 2009/2010

Head of Mission Fund expenditure for the Africa Programme amounted to NZ$ 299,475.20, from an allocation of NZ$ 300,000.00. 

Eight projects focussing on the improvement of sustainable livelihoods for poor and vulnerable communities in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe were supported.

The table below details the HOMF beneficiaries for FY 2009/2010:

 

Country
Project Holder
Local Currency
NZ$
South Africa
Imvomvo Junior Rugby Program
R 227,294.00
43,217.00
Zambia
Kataji Community Based Organization
US$26,304.00
40,853.70
 
Mthunzi Development Foundation
US$ 23,633.40
33,513.10
 
Kara Counselling and Training Trust-Choma
US$ 31.055.60
44,038.00
Zimbabwe
Fountain of Hope Trust
US$ 2,850.00
4,910.40
 
SPW-Zimbabwe
US$28,100.00
44,255.00
 
The Boost Fellowship
US$ 31,183.90
44,220.00
 
Ntengwe for Community Development
US$ 31,358.80
44,468.00
 
Total
 
299,475.20

 

HOMF Project Briefs:

South Africa

Imvomvo Junior Rugby Program

The Imvomvo Training and Management Services received NZ$ 43,217.00 to establish a sustainable rugby program for boys and girls aged 7-15 within the Buffalo City Municipality. This project was initiated while VSA Volunteers were based at the institution and it catalysed further engagement between Imvomvo and New Zealand based Rugby institutions e.g. the Petone Rugby Club and New Zealand Rugby Football Union.

The project objectives included the utilization of rugby as a catalyst to promote girls and women’s rugby participation; establishment of a sustainable rugby skills program for both boys and girls in lower and senior primary schools; encouraging clubs and communities to involve girls and women in rugby development; to strengthen the governance and management of the Imvomvo Junior Rugby Programme; to develop skill levels of volunteer coaches to maximise their potential to use rugby coaching as a potential career; develop men and women as volunteer coaches and officials for junior rugby; to improve community support for youth rugby development and to establish a sustainable under 15 rugby league in the Amathole area.

The project was well received by the community and the outcomes exceeded expectations. Several Imvovo volunteers received training as coaches including 13 women who remain active as volunteer coaches and facilitators in the junior rugby programme. An under 15 girls touch rugby programme has also been started.

The project raised Imvomvo’s profile and it now receives requests to provide rugby coaching workshops from across the Eastern Cape Province. Its relationship with the Buffalo City Mayor’s office has been strengthened and sponsorship for the junior rugby league secured from the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture. Another notable spin-off was that Imvomvo hosted Maori students on a cultural exchange visit to the Eastern Cape. A documentary arising from this visit was screened on Maori TV in New Zealand.

Imvomvo continues to explore other linkages between the rugby fraternity in the Buffalo City Municipality and the Wellington based, Petoni Rugby Football Club.

Zimbabwe

Fountain of Hope Trust: Musami Oil Processing Plant

The organization received NZ$4,910.40 to cater for additional building costs that had initially been miscalculated when the organization was funded the previous year. They received NZ$50,000.00 to start an oil seed processing project. The project’s aim was to enhance income generation to support orphans and widows in a rural village in Murewa South in Mashonaland. However, due to hyper inflation experienced in Zimbabwe, the organization was unable to complete the project according to their plan.

A revised quotation from the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority was beyond what the HOMF catered for, and thus full implementation of the project was hampered. However, the additional funds provided ensured that the structure to house the oil press was completed.

Debbie Player, the NZ Aid Programme Africa Deputy Director and Mike Walsh, the New Zealand Deputy High Commissioner, each visited the project at separate times and were impressed by the project’s achievements. The New Zealand Aid Programme is committed to the success of the project and provided a letter of support to assist the organization secure funding from other donors in-country for electrification.

The Boost Fellowship: Emerging Leaders-Young Women Empowerment Project

The organization received NZ$ 44,220.00 to provide life skills training to young women in Bindura, Gweru, Mutare, Highfield and Epworth.

The women were taught basic skills relating to entrepreneurship, generating business ideas, basic accounting, financial literacy, usefulness of forming cooperatives as a way of achieving economic independence as well as improving their sexual reproductive health.

Training at all centres generally went well but political interference and tensions in Bindura and Epworth affected the number of women who could access the training sessions.

Overall, the project was well implemented with more than 100 women receiving life skills training. Local mentors were selected to support the community groups and ensure project sustainability project.

Ntengwe for Community Development: Strengthening the Capacity of Grassroots Women and Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Health Care and Sustainable Livelihoods in Binga District, Zimbabwe.

Ntengwe received NZ$44,468.00 for a health care capacity building and sustainable livelihoods project in five wards in Binga district in Zimbabwe.

Specific project activities ensured sensitization of community members and leaders on the plight of OVC and the need to support them and their caregivers.

The project has raised the profile of OVC in the district and ensured that child protection matters are discussed from a community perspective. Income generating activities have seen an increase in the disposable income for participating women groups. The project’s success is also attributed to the improved leadership and project management skills gained by the project beneficiaries. Strong market linkages were also identified for target groups and it was impressive to note that the communities were receptive to changes.

Ntengwe facilitated access to community-based rehabilitation services for more than 200 disabled children in the district. Simple structures such as walkers and seats were built for the disabled children and the blind were taught self reliance and orientation. Community members were taught how to minimise potential cases of disability and psychosocial support was provided to the needy.

The organisation realised the value of working with communities in identifying specific community needs and adapting to their changing needs. This was a very successful program.
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SPW (Restless Development): Empowering young people to effectively participate in HIV and AIDS prevention, care and support

Restless Development received NZ$44,255.50 for a youth empowerment project in Hatcliffe, Harare.

The organization successfully recruited volunteer peer educators who were trained to facilitate the participation of young people in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support. Other capacity building activities included training volunteers in the “young people we care’ programme and ensuring community sensitization and awareness through ‘Youth Education through Sport’ initiative. Under this initiative, three tournaments were held and open dialogues were held with the youth about sexually sensitive issues.

The organization also set up a youth friendly centre where young people are equipped with basic life skills training such as introduction to computer literacy, CV writing skills, career guidance, and information on sex and reproductive and health resources. This programme was visited by the Africa Aid Programme Manager. Thandiwe Moyana-Munzara, who was pleased to note the positive impact the programme was having in the community, despite the difficult economic and social situation in Zimbabwe at the time.

Zambia

Kataji Community – Based Organization: Women’s Empowerment in Lundazi

Kataji received NZ$40,853.70 for a women’s empowerment project in Katandala, Chief Magodi area in Lundazi. Kataji is located in a remote impoverished area about 800km from Lusaka.

While the organization was formed to enhance HIV/AIDS awareness, they extended their mandate to other livelihood activities. The specific project funded by the HOMF sort to improve women’s literacy, promote safe motherhood, child health and nutrition as well as improve livelihoods.

With the funding received from the New Zealand Government, the organization managed to spread the message of safe motherhood within their community. As a result many women choose institutional deliveries, there is improved mother and child nutrition, some of the dangerous cultural practices have been abandoned, the community school has better facilities to support education and the hammer mill funded by the project provides income to support the organization’s activities.

It is important to note that Kataji is one of the communities that received support from the Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health project implemented by Africare and the Zambian Ministry of Health with funding from the New Zealand Government. This project was also visited by the Africa Aid Programme Manager, Thandiwe Moyana-Munzara, who noted the positive impact the project was having on the wider Maternal and Child programme, Africare is implementing.

Mthunzi Development Foundation: Integrated Basic Necessities Project

The organization received NZ$ 33,518.10 to implement the Integrated Basic Necessities project in 12 sites in Chipata. The main objective of the project was to help rural communities reduce poverty and develop economically through education support, sustainable agriculture methods and provision of agricultural inputs that increase food production for nutrition and food security. Mthunzi also supported some households to start income generating activities in order to increase their social-economic standards of living.

Notable outputs of this project include improved incomes for 30 grandmother headed households who participate in peanut butter making for income generation. 300 households of people living with HIV/AIDS were provided with inputs for vegetable growing. Training in basic health care including aspects of positive living and adherence to ARV treatment for 24 team leaders from 12 home based care groups was also provided.

Mthunzi successfully sensitized more than 7,000 people in issues of HIV/AIDS and primary health care. This is a key intervention in ensuring improved livelihoods for otherwise vulnerable households and the community at large.

Kara Counselling and Training Trust Choma: Beadwork Skills Training and Community Stigma Awareness Programme

The organisation received NZ$ 44,038.00 to undertake a beadwork skills training and community stigma awareness programme in Choma district. This project was initiated when Kara Choma benefited from the services of a VSA volunteer - Elspeth Kendall. Three women’s groups were selected and trained in beadwork and entrepreneurial skills to enable the beneficiaries develop income generation capabilities. This resulted in increased incomes for the beneficiaries.

The second project involved facilitation of a community response to address the impact of stigma on the health and well being of people infected and affected by HIV, AIDS and TB living in rural communities. The project mobilized six communities and identifying individuals whose major role was to train fellow community members and sensitize them on the dangers of stigma.

As a result of the diverse interventions, community members now freely attend clinics for Voluntary Counselling and Training and treatment, there is reduced stigma at both individual and community levels, community leaders and members better appreciate mobile counselling services and the organisation participated in World AIDS Day functions.

This important programme addresses the fundamental challenges of rural communities as a first step towards addressing HIV/AIDS. However it is important to note that it took several attempts to receive the report from Kara Choma.

Conclusion

HOMF funding in this financial year supported projects that had a great impact the on the livelihoods of vulnerable communities in a sustainable manner. VSA volunteers have been instrumental in identifying and supporting grassroots initiatives that benefitted from the HOMF, thus strengthening New Zealand’s footprint in Southern Africa.

The Head of Mission Fund continues to be a useful tool in enhancing Sustainable Economic Development at the micro level. Often, the funding provided under the HOMF plays a catalytic role in initiating long standing profitable initiatives.
 

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