Cyclone Idai

Thank you so much to our supporters who have sent funds to help with the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani and Chipinge Districts. The destruction is only now becoming clear – some areas are still not accessible by road.  You can see how the rain and the landslides destroyed roads and bridges. The people of Zimbabwe also helped in incredible ways – lots of donations of food, clothes and medicine, from all sectors of society.  People are getting food donations but now they need shelter and psychosocial support. We are hearing stories of children who see the clouds coming and start to get very anxious and run to their caregivers, needing to feel safe.

Deaf people in remote rural areas often have limited communication with their families.  They also need information so they can understand what happened and where they can get help. We are hoping to work with CBM and Jairos Jiri Association to help the Deaf community in the affected areas.

This is not a problem that is going to be solved by food handouts alone – the affected families lost their homes, harvest for the next year and livestock.  We are grateful to be working with CBM who have had a lot of experience in humanitarian emergency relief and recovery situations.

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THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE

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Happy Valentine’s Day

because of your support and love, last year in 2018 we were able to-

  • support 341 deaf children through education, health and livelihood projects.
  • involve 87 deaf youth  in clubs and 88 deaf adolescent girls and young women  in the DREAMS project
  • include 601 people in Internal Savings and Lending groups many of whom are caregivers for people with disabilities
  • reach 290 child care workers for deaf awareness training
  • train other organisations for disability inclusion
  • host over 500 people at the annual dinner dance in centre of town
  • run 3 sign language certificate courses in collaboration with Great Zimbabwe University
  • acquire a new vehicle for outreach (thanks to MIVA) and build a training block (Thanks to Japanese Embassy)

 

Thank you for the love you showed – Happy Valentines Day!

Harvest

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This picture looks like it’s in the rural ares – but in fact it is at Nzeve Centre, Old Location Sakubva! We are located right at the edge of the location, with the view of the mountains, and Christmas Pass. Our field at the back of the centre, is farmed by the deaf youth of Sanganai Project. On arrival back at the project, after a Christmas break, there was a lot of work to do.  The rains have been quite good this year, and in addition to that we have a drip kit and a borehole in the garden, provided by OakZim Foundation.  This allows us to irrigate the crops. The youth have harvested enough food to last them several months, and the vegetables are doing well.  The youth have grown butternut squash for the children to enjoy as well this year.

Our New Building

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We had a wonderful occasion in November when the new building, funded by the Embassy of Japan in Zimbabwe, was opened.  We are very grateful to the Japanese for this very generous gift.  It will enable us to increase our training without having to disturb the children and the youth programmes.

We have already had training meetings and organizational training in the room.  What a difference it makes to have a spacious area with good sound and light.  The youth are busy at the moment making pelmets and curtains to help the acoustics in the training room.  Shelves are going up in the kitchen and the storeroom areas.

We are looking forward to many reasons to use the big room.  Thank you Japan. We will not forget what you have done – and the stone on the front of the building declares our friendship and cooperation with you.

 

Another year!

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We’re back in preschool.  2019 has started and our classes started too.

It’s the hot season and some days are very hot.  It has also rained quite well and we had a few cool days last week – hence the beanies and track suits in this picture!

Five children graduated last year to go to Grade 1.  Their mothers have come to Nzeve for the parents meeting and we are hearing stories of how they have settled in.  One young boy was not impressed with Grade 1 at first – he insisted that he wanted to go back to Mai Nyazungu,- his teacher at Nzeve – but after a few days he settled in and  is now enjoying his time at school.

We wish all the children a good year and trust they will make wonderful memories of their time at Nzeve,

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.

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.