Work Done Thus Far

COVID-19 AWARENESS PROGRAMS

From the very start of COVID-19 outbreak, we put together workshops in Zinyangeni(ward 20) and Dakamela(ward 16) to make our beneficiaries aware of the virus and prevention measures. After each seminar, we would share soap bars, methylated spirits, antiseptics and flyers on prevention. We further partnered with HEFO-Zim (Health, Education Nand Food security Organization) to educate the community about the deadly virus, providing sanitation products to hospitals and local chief heads within wards of operations. We further implemented sanitation hand wash system called Tippy Tap in main borehole areas, in front of grocery shops and in public areas such as hospitals to promote sustainable rural methods of hand washing sanitation.

COVID-19 FOOD RELIEF PROGRAM

In light of the challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 lock down, on the 6th-8th of June, Khanya successfully distributed 80 food hampers to all Khanya’s beneficiaries in Dakamela and Zinyangeni. We were delighted to bring our young expecting mothers who are camping at the maternity ward in Dakamela rural hospital and have recently joined our COVID-19 awareness seminars and our income generating projects under Vukuzenzele initiative. In the beginning of May 2020, our beneficiaries in Wards 16, 20, & 28 started working in the ‘Community Youth Gardens’, planting various herbs, vegetables, and trees. Under the conditions for today’s living, the concept of nutrition gardening has become a health benefit and necessity for sustainable use in boosting one’s health immunity, triggering body resilience against numerous diseases and nutrition deficiencies. Since successful implementation of Horticultural activities, the girls have also been given seeds and seedlings to take home on a monthly basis, as a source of food security and minute income generating businesses. On a weekly basis, the girls are taught on key nutrition gardening by their teacher- Mr. L Ndlovu, who is a qualified agricultural educationalist. Our drive in empowering the rural girl child, is to empower her economically and environmentally by providing necessary skills to pioneer sustainability programs and project such as agriculture. Through this initiative, we have extended our vegetable supply to expecting mothers who camp at the Maternity Shelter within Dakamela Rural Hospital.

KEEP OUR GIRLS IN SCHOOL INITIATIVE

We have recently started our Homebased Educational Programs with a total of 25 leaners from 3 Wards in Nkayi. Under the health risk assessments conveyed and cleared by our local Environmental Health Technicians due to the restrictions of the pandemic, each class holds 3-5 leaners who comply within Covid-19 health regulations (1-2 meters distancing, entire home sanitation & continual hand washing).

We have since realized that our learners struggle with the English language, therefore volunteers have dedicated time to travel to Nkayi from Bulawayo (200km +) to help our beneficiaries with English reading sessions. To our surprise the learners seem to all have an English handicap and phobia of learning the language thereof which has affected all the 13-17yr olds that we have on the program. There’s a huge gap in our education system that needs confrontation and effective awareness through empowering and teaching one girl at a time. We may not be capable of helping the thousands of young women in Nkayi Rural District that are still attending school, but we can surely start with the 30 determined young girls that are currently attending the Homebased educational programs.

SHOE AND CLOTHING INCENTIVES

In light of economic restraints affecting the livelihoods of rural communities, we started to note an increasing number of girl’s walking with no shoes or coming for activities/ workshops with extremely torn and inappropriate clothing. Therefore, through the urgent need put forth on our social media platforms, Eden Spring Trust and our Friend’s of Khanya donated over 100 pairs of used & new shoes to the girls of Khanya from Ward 16 and 28. In partnership with HEFO-ZIM and Ubuntu, we have successfully donated clothing hampers to all our beneficiaries under the shadow of Khanya. In December, we were ecstatic to receive 4 drums of shoe and clothing from the friends of Project Love in the United States which were given to the beneficiaries of Khanya, and partnering  organizations.

GIRLS’ BASIC SANITARY HEALTH

Between 7-11th September 2020, during Women’s Health Week, we successfully held impactful seminars where we tackled cultural myths and beliefs which have entrapped the mindset of a rural girl into believing that the menstruation cycle and the overall puberty period are not to be discussed between a mother/guardian and a young girl. We also had to address the ‘spiritual’ fears that are sourced from old teachings and beliefs, which have contradicted the Word of God as it clearly reveals the supreme power of God over His children. It is important to help young girls to understand their physiological changes and iron out doubts concerning health-related norms, as most of them have been afraid to inquire and ask such sensitive questions.

Period poverty found in our wards of operation affected by economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has immensely affected our girls in their efforts to access affordable sanitary wear and basic toiletries. Therefore, under our service pillar ‘Girl’s Basic Sanitary Health’, 80 toiletry hampers were distributed all our beneficiaries who were present during Menstruation Health and Hygiene Management seminars. In the past 3 months, we have had an increasing number of young girls questioning their menstrual cycle through their relationships with their mentors and sometimes through counselling sessions offered at Khanya. Therefore, after hosting Menstruation Health and Hygiene Management seminars in both our wards of operation, Ward 16 & 20, there has been a visible outward change as most of the girls carry great confidence and now celebrate womanhood! Through sisterhood-relationships that are birthed at Khanya, breakthrough of society biases and old-fashioned cultural ‘norms’ are being challenged, and we want to continue to be that gap for young rural girls in Zimbabwe!

During our Women’s Health Week held between, Sister Sibanda from Dakamela Rural District Hospital (Cervical Cancer Screening Ward) lectured our beneficiaries and their mothers in an eye-opening workshop, ‘Awareness of Cervical Cancer & Menstrual Health’. The topics which were addressed covered abstinence from sexual activities before marriage, ramifications of a promiscuous lifestyle, health risk factors of some cultural myths and beliefs, dangers of smoking, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and the treatment of Cervical Cancer.

LEADERSHIP AND TRANSFORMATION PROGRAMS

On the 20th of October, we successfully held our first series of Etiquette and Grooming Seminars in Dakamela with high engagement in both theory and practical sessions!  We addressed four major topics; Mental Grooming, Spiritual Grooming, Business Grooming and Social Grooming which touched on Hygiene, Dressing, Boardroom Etiquette, Mannerisms, Good Social Behavioural Practices.

ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

 

In 2020’s “16 days of Activism Campaign” Khanya, HEFO and Project Love partnered with men and boys within the Nkayi villages( Ward 16, 20 and 28) in efforts to eliminate Gender Based Violence in schools and homes where it is highly prevalent. The roots of GBV were discovered to have stemmed from cultural beliefs which have created bias gender roles, infringing on the rights of women in our society today.During interventions, testimonials from the men revealed the social and psychological impact of residing in a physically abusive home where they would daily witness their fathers beating up their mothers and in most cases they would be physically and verbally abused as well. From our workshops, it was discovered that young women resolve such matters by running away from home and getting married to someone in search of love and peace. However, most still fall into a deeper trap of continual abuse. Conflict resolution methods, as another strategy for eliminating physical altercations, were discussed including the correct way of reporting abuse to local authorities (social welfare and police) as an effective tool for breaking the silences and stigma.