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Resilience Follow up Visit

Nyashadzashe Makombe     05:12  No comments
Drainage System -Mutimurefu Prison
During the visit BHASO field officers met with 2 inmates (males), 2 farm managers (males), 1 clinical nurse (female) and the correctional facility Second Officer in-Charge to discuss the progress that has been made pertaining to the resilience of the nutrition garden. From the training on natural category the production was being affected by water logging and on the action plan the plan was to construct a drainage system that would drain excess water from the field. The drainage system was constructed and it is serving the purpose. 

Ex-Inmates IGAs Support Kits Distribution

Nyashadzashe Makombe     04:41  No comments

Tafadzwa Jokochoko(squatting) receiving a 5kw water pump and a 40m waterpipe as his IGAs starter pack.Flanked to the left is BHASO senior driver and Tafadzwa`s famiy members.


Batanai HIV/AIDS Service Organisation (BHASO) in partnership with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) has been implementing the Prison Health project from April 2015 which has a component of rehabilitation and reintegration to reduce chances of recidivism.The project taps into existing ex-inmates IGAs and provide equipment and relevant education to boost the levels of production  to economically empower ex-inmates. The plan will ensure ex-inmates IGAs continue to perform and deliver project benefits to the primary actors after funding has been terminated. 











































































































































 

 




















































































































































































































































































 























































































































































































































































































 

One step towards rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates

Webmaster     02:25  No comments
99 inmates from Mutimurefu Farm Prison Graduate at Mushagashe Training Centre

Mushagashe training centre 8th graduation ceremony was one with a difference where inmates from Mutimurefu Farm prison were part of the graduates. The graduation ceremony was running under the theme: "Employment creation for Zimbabwean youths through skilling in support of ZIMASSET."

It was a hive of activity at Mushagashe training Centre graduation ceremony as it saw 99 inmates from Mutimurefu Farm prison being part of the graduates. They were also graduating in various skills trades which include, welding, motor mechanics, carpentry and joinery, building, plumbing and drain laying and hairdressing. The trainings were supported by Batanai HIV and AIDS Service Organisation (BHASO) with financial support from Big Lottery Fund through Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO).

Hounarable comrade Patrick Zhuwao, Minister of Youth Indigenisation and economic empowerment was the guest of honour at the event. In his speech he noted that this was a graduation with a difference where inmates were also taking part. He went on to say that this was the first step in the rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates into society following the shift from the prisons being punitive but a correctional centre. He pointed out that the shift has seen the change of name from Zimbabwe Prison Services (ZPS) to Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS).

BHASO is supporting with the trainings to the inmates who are about to be released for their positive reintegration into society. They are promoting rehabilitation and reintegration through skills training and thus reduce reoffending among the inmates.

The inmates were happy to have been accorded the opportunity to learn and be certified and this will help them a long way. Some of the inmates noted that these courses will assist them when they are out, as they will be having some skill and knowledge to work using their own hands that is they will be highly productive self - reliant business persons running their own enterprises.

To enhance their skills in the trained trades they will continue to be attached in the various departments in the prison so that when they are released they will have acquired the skills. These skills will assist them in search of jobs and/or to start their own workshops and be employers. For those with the passion of furthering their skills they will also be assisted in trade testing so that they can be classified artisans. 

To support the graduation from ZPCS was the Officer commanding Masvingo Assistant Commissioner Ndanga, the national rehabilitation coordinator as well as staff from other ZPCS departments.

Prison Health Project

Food Security and Livelihoods

Webmaster     03:14  1 comment

​Productive Assets Creation (PAC) Project     

Geographical Coverage
Masvingo District

Goal 
Improving access to food and nutrition by enhancing dietary adequacy through created and rehabilitated productive and social infrastructure for communities in Masvingo District.

Main Objectives
·         Improve dietary diversity score from 4 to 6 for nutrition gardens and irrigation beneficiaries.
·         Increased women participation in leadership positions during productive asset creation and utilisation from 20% to 60%.
·         Improving household diet and sanitation through nutrition education and participatory health and hygiene education respectively.
·         Improve income through market oriented crop and livestock production.

Project outcomes

      Increased nutrition and food security through diversified production.
      Increased resilience to shocks and micronutrients intake through improved livestock and crop production.
      Increased women access to markets and income through intensified horticulture production.
      Enhanced women participation and decision making in productive assets creation and utilisation.
      Increased functional community productive assets for households.
      Empowered local communities who are able to utilize and conserve the environment through sustainable participatory approaches.

Targeted beneficiaries
The project will target 750 food insecure households which translate to 3750 beneficiaries in Masvingo District

Gender
BHASO recognizes the greater role that women, as the primary caregivers in the household, can play in the management of food and nutrition. At all levels of planning, implementation and evaluation of this programme, a special effort will be done to consult women for their opinions and views. The project will make efforts to involve both women and men in asset creation and utilization. Prioritization of women access to income and markets will be key in the project. 

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