Service: Capacity Development
Technical Expertise: HIV, Youth & Adolescent Health/OVC
Nearly one in four children in Zimbabwe has lost one or both parents; as many as 85% of these are children lost their parents as a result of HIV and AIDS. An additional 6% of children in Zimbabwe are considered ‘vulnerable’ due to factors such as high poverty, disability, harmful cultural norms, and gender bias. Furthermore, an estimated 168,000 children currently live with HIV, and more than 500,000 children are estimated to be out-of-school; adolescents and out-of-school youth often lack the skills they need to become successful adults. As a result, they are more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
Vana Bantwana is employing an integrated community approach designed to strengthen existing health, education, child protection, and youth and livelihoods systems at the community, district, and national levels. To ensure that communities can continue effective programming beyond the life of the program, Vana Bantwana is strengthening a cadre of national and community-based civil society organizations to implement and manage the models of care.
JSI will use its extensive experience utilizing the Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) and the OVC Technical Capacity Assessment (TCA) tools with local organizations across sub-Saharan Africa.
JSI oversees the organizational development and technical experience of the project, the change-management within local NGOs and government, and the management of the large and multiple donor programs. JSI is using its proven capacity development assessment tools to train a capacity-building team and to ensure the team is capable of carrying forward the work after the project ends.
Vana Bantwana will operate in 7 of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces, covering 41 districts. It will reach more than 100,000 OVC annually in urban and peri-urban areas.
The Vana Bantwana project is implemented by World Education, Inc. (WEI) and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) to provide coordinated support to households and communities to facilitate improved care of orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe.