ZINGO South eNewsletter February 2011


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Welcome to ZINGO South\'s very first monthly newsletter!!We hope you enjoy reading about what we\'ve been up to during the month of February and we look forward to keeping you up to date about our work on a monthly basis.
Please feel free to provide your feedback and ideas to us for future monthly newsletters

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ZINGO South eNewsletter February 2011

  1. 1. ZAMBIA INTERFAITH NETWORKING GROUP ON HIV/ AIDS (ZINGO SOUTH) February 2011 A Message from the Regional Manager Welcome to ZINGO South’s first monthly newsletter! We hope that you find this newsletter informative on ZINGO South’s programmes and activities, what is happening in our organisation, as well as what we have coming up. We also would like to hear more of your feedback and ideas on what you would like to see from ZINGO South, so please feel free to email us with your thoughts or drop by our office. Throughout the month of February we have been very busy ramping up our Self Help Groups for Women. This has involved a number of visits and information sessions to explain the concept of the groups to women in the community, as well as seeing a preview of what some of the groups have already achieved. It has been great getting out and meeting so manyenthusiastic and determined women.February has also been a busy month with further planning for the year ahead, including continuation of ourEducational Assistance for OVCs in Livingstone District, which offers help with school fees and scholasticmaterials, and a new year of Sewing and Tailoring lessons for women.The year ahead also has its challenges as we seek new partners for our youth focused programmes on HIVprevention, Skills for life and Resource Centre. As always we hope to meet these challenges head on as wecontinue on our mission to promote better quality of life and a reduction of new infections in SouthernZambia.Wishing you all a great March.Timothy MiyobaWhat’s been happening in the month of FebruaryOrphans & Vulnerable Children Educational AssistanceZINGO South entered into a partnership with Churches Association of Zambia (CHAZ- Global Fund) viathe ZINGO Head Office for funds to support Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and their familieswith educational assistance and food supplements in Livingstone District.ZINGO South is implementing this program through two of its members, the Muslim and BAHA`I faiths.This program started in June 2010 with the aim of reaching 200 direct beneficiaries.To date this programme has supported 120 OVCs with educational support (40 secondary level and 80primary) and 80 families with food supplements. We have also reached a number of school children withBehavioural Change Communication messages on HIV/AIDS.This is an ongoing project for the next three years during which we are also hoping to find ways to extendto other OVCs and ensure the sustainability of it for the future.
  2. 2. ZAMBIA INTERFAITH NETWORKING GROUP ON HIV/ AIDS (ZINGO SOUTH)Self Help Groups for Women The concept of Self Help Group (SHG) concept is to bring women together who are in same communities and have similar social and economic situations. The women groups (usually around 15-20 women) save on a weekly basis and give out loans to each other, predominately for Income Generating Activities. The basic principles of the concept are that as individuals the poor are voiceless, powerless and vulnerable; together, they have tremendous strength. By empowering women their children ultimately benefit, with improved access to school and health are and overall quality of life. With the support of KNH/SHG, ZINGO South began a SHG programme in late 2010, working with women groups in Livingstone District. By the end of last year 6 groups had formed, with all the groups accepting the concept and starting to save an average of K1000 per person per week. In 2011 the programme has successfully continued with the addition of 2 community Facilitators and more new groups forming. In the month of February 7 new groups were formed bringing the total number of women groups to 17 and the number of women involved fast approaching 400. Also this month, 32 group representatives were trained in bookkeeping and the moderating of SHG meetings as the embedding of the SHG model continues. Photos (Top to bottom): 1. One of our SHGs gathering at their weekly meeting 2. The SHG project officer, Abraham Lungu, conducting SHG training with SHG members 3. SHG members after completing training at the ZINGO South office
  3. 3. ZAMBIA INTERFAITH NETWORKING GROUP ON HIV/ AIDS (ZINGO SOUTH)Income Generation Activities: Tailoring and Sewing We established an IGA system at ZINGO South in 2009. With chitenge we started making small items such as bags and pouches, and sell them at local restaurants, lodges and shops where tourists gather. Additionally, we received two contracts to make 110 school uniforms and delivered them to two basic schools. IGA advisor Hiromi with women training With the IGA money, ZINGO South has been able to transfer tailoring skills to community women. They have learnt how to make Shirts, Skirt, Trousers and Dresses. 55 lectures have been held so far with a total of 140 people participating and more to come. Chitenge: Traditional Zambian fabric February Did You Know? The official HIV prevalence rate for Livingstone District is 26.2%, compared to a 14.5% prevalence rate for Zambia’s Southern Province and 14.3% for all of ZambiaFundraising UpdateFebruary was busy finalising details for a number of programmes we are looking to launch or re-launch overthe coming year. High priority programmes are those which focus on our youth and we are currentlyseeking support for our youth HIV prevention education programme and youth training in trades andIncome Generation Activities. Anyone who is able to provide assistance with these programmes or any ofour others should contact the ZINGO South office.Throughout the month we also spent time as a team devising additional Income Generating Activities forour organisation that will assist to support the continuity of our programmes. The team has come up withlots of great ideas leading us into the next important process of evaluating which ones are most viable. Wewill keep our readers and supporters updated on the outcome of this process.ZINGO South Tel: +260977886500 or +260979519377Plot No.: 706 Chimwemwe Way Email: zingosouth@zamtel.zmP.O. Box 61095Livingstone, Zambia