Awareness through Business meeting

Today was our Annual Business meeting – known as the Annual General meeting. Various legal issues have to be taken care of but we also used it as an opportunity to advertise our services and to learn from the Deaf community.

One legal requirement is that we should advertise the meeting in the local paper.  I spoke to one man I did not recognise and discovered he had come – having read the advert, because his young son is deaf.  He wanted to know if he could get help and he came to understand the importance of early communication and to see that he must not wait any longer. Hopefully his little 3 year old will come on Monday and we will have our AGM baby attending preschool!

We had a visitor from USA who gave a short talk.  Dr Kirk Van Gilder is deaf.  He is Associate Professor at Gallaudet University – a liberal arts university for the Deaf in Washington DC. He addressed us in American sign language which was interpreted to English by Dr Jason Heys (also from USA), and into Zimbabwe Sign language by Tatenda Mashayahanya, (Sign Language interpreter and Monitoring and Evaluation officer at Nzeve.) Dr kirk introduced the idea of “Deaf Gain”, as opposed to “Hearing Loss”.  He helped visitors, deaf youth, Nzeve staff and parents of deaf children at the meeting to think and be encouraged by the ways our lives have been enriched by being involved with deaf people.

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The Department that Counts!

 

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CONGRATULATIONS NZEVE ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT!

Our partnership with World Education Inc sadly came to an end with the close of the Vana Batwana project in October this year.  However, we are proud of our Administration and Finance department for being awarded the prize for the best financial management in the project.  This was quite an achievement for us since the project was funded by USAID who have very high standards!

Well done June, Noah and Mr Koza for all your hard work over the last 5 years with VB! Also to our interns – Tafadzwa, Charity and Losyleen – drivers, receptionist and gardeners.

A Deaf Wedding

Today I attended the wedding of a graduate from Nzeve Preschool!  Both the bride and the groom were deaf, as were several of the multiple bridesmaids, grooms men and dozen or so children in the bridal party!

Relatives spoke of the importance of accepting children – whether deaf or disabled in any other way.  They spoke of how the bride and groom had both attended school and had learnt practical skills as well. They explained how the parents had never complained but had got on with parenting their deaf children in the best way they knew.  It was a wonderful awareness meeting!

The best part was that about 50 deaf people, from Harare, Mutare and Masvingo came to support the new couple.  Old friends from school, youth project and younger children all turned up to be part of the very exciting day.  Young people I had not seen for several years were there and it was wonderful to meet them again!  I was very excited to meet the first deaf Zimbabwean pastor. I have seen her on Deaf TV, but to meet Pastor Mary and her husband from Morgenster Mission was very exciting for me!

Whoever would have thought we would have the wedding of a deaf couple, with a deaf pastor and at least 50 deaf guests amongst the 400 in total, in Mutare?

Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Kanyemba and we look forward to many other weddings to come!  Even if they are not so big- it’s OK – we’ll be there to celebrate!

 

 

 

 

 

DREAMS CAMP JUNE 2017

We were able to invite girls and young women to come back for one week at Nzeve Centre last week. We had such a good time together!

The participants all ran a small business activity (hair dressing, wig making, peanut butter, baking, sewing, selling sweets) for the week and then held a mini market on Friday.  They learnt about costing their goods, making a profit – or loss- and which services and items were good business.

We also spent time discussing risky behaviour and measuring risk in our choices – these young women have come a long way and they are willing to discuss difficult issues with their mentors. It was sad to see them leave, but they will continue to keep in touch through their mentors.

Another busy month at Nzeve!

There was drama in the lower classroom; sewing in the workshop; hair styling on the verandah and videos in the meeting room!  Young deaf women played board games to learn about their strengths and then broke into discussion groups to create an answer for an orphan worried about her HIV+ uncle living in her home.  Role plays gave the girls ideas of how to refuse to go with Sugar Daddys and art activities allowed them to demonstrate their creative abilities and learn new ideas about themselves.


We were delighted to welcome parents and representatives from our funding partners Johnson & Johnson to our Graduation event.

The young women are enjoying themselves, learning a lot and taking on business ideas.  They are all understanding more about the risks and prevention of HIV.  The biggest complaint we have heard is from the boys!  “When is it our turn?”

End of term!

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News from one of our interns:

During the school term deaf youth have been taught different skills for independent living. Topics included:

  • Responsible money management
  • Standing up to peer pressure
  • Workplace behaviours

All the youth chose practical courses including building, carpentry, dressmaking, gardening and rabbit keeping. Gardening was a challenge this year due to the rains  – so the ground was water logged and weeds grew quicker than the plants!

One young lady who chose dressmaking, shared her hopes for the future, “If I work hard I will start a dressmaking business in town.” She is currently on attachment with a company in town – a wonderful opportunity for her to experience the workplace and learn appropriate behaviour and skills. Three other companies have accepted students on attachment.  This is a great addition to the courses they do.

Sanganai continues to equip young people with the skills they need for life, but there are many challenges for deaf youth in Zimbabwe as they try to make a living. Formal employment is almost impossible.

Our New Logo

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Thanks to everyone who sent in their entries.  The winning logo is shown.  Well done Steven Chikosi of Harare and an anonymous contributor.  $100 is on it’s way to you now!