Five years after AFSC began working with partner organizations to provide emergency shelter to displaced people in Zimbabwe, we take a look back at how the program has evolved to the point where participants have been able to build permanent residential shelters, pay school fees, and purchase food for their families.
At 54, Joseph Ndava didn't think he had much more to learn. A five-day workshop changed his mind.
Joseph currently lives in Hopley Farm, a settlement in Zimbabwe home to displaced people of many different political and social backgrounds, including survivors and perpetrators of violent conflict and people living with AIDS.
In Zimbabwe, AFSC works to enhance the livelihoods of those living precariously in displaced communities. We work with the most vulnerable—women, people with disabilities, adults with HIV/AIDS, and those caring for orphan children—to offer training and start-up funds to gain economic self-sufficiency.
Once Farai Gonzo and Jennifer Kazingo, participants of AFSC’s livelihoods project, learned how to construct bed and door frames from steel, the two women realized there was “no time to sit back”—their new skills could help them rebuild their lives and the lives of their neighbors.
Patricia Zeka demonstrates the use of a 4 pound sledge hammer whilst, trainer, Edwin Mpandawana assists. She is one of the four women who constitute the 'Pisa Pisa' welding and blacksmithing group which is part of the livelihoods programme in Hatcliffe Extension, Zimbabwe.
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