- Promote access to education in poor communities.
- Source learning material for poor communities.
- Help in infrastructural development of schools in poor communities.
- Running a female literacy program
- Promoting access to education for the physically challenged.
Under this project, the Center for Community Research and Development (CCRD) particularly provides social protection to orphans, poor and vulnerable children in the communities. Such children also include those that toil under exploitative conditions of labour as well as those that suffer sexual abuse and other forms of discrimination. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has greatly contributed to the huge numbers of orphans and other vulnerable children that have overwhelming extended beyond family support system alone.
The programming recognizes that the family is the basic unit for the growth and development of children. A strong family unit with a caring adult is a pre-requisite for the reintegration of OVCs. As such attention is also on the needy households of adults and children that may or may not contain an orphan with the intention of mitigating the impact of vulnerability in Zimbabwe’s current context of HIV/AIDS and poverty. However we recognize that immediate threats to children’s safety and well-being may also come from their families and communities.
Focus of this project is also on the alleviation of poverty of households and strengthening of the economic coping capabilities of families and communities to maintain children in schools over the long term, providing for their health, particularly HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support activities. Priority is also given to providing preventive health care and psycho-social support to OVCS and their care givers.
Where possible, the organization also collects clothes for children and adults, books, bedding, educational materials and practical equipment such as sewing machines, bicycles, wheelchairs and other mobility aids. It also offers scholarships to enable children to go back to school with specific bias towards the girl child.
A bias is maintained towards the girl child because the Zimbabwean society generally gives clear economic or cultural preference for sons. Adolescent girls lack access to, and completion of, quality primary and secondary education. With a few exceptions, girls suffer from educational disadvantage. Further, among the greatest threats to adolescent development are abuse, exploitation and violence, and the lack of vital knowledge about sexual and reproductive health, including HIV/AIDS. Education is therefore a vital tool towards ameliorating this problem.