Orphaned and Vulnerable Children: The Children Tariro Program
FACT’s Children Tariro (CT) project seeks to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on Zimbabwe’s children by enhancing care and support services for OVC. The CT project provides a critical continuum of care and is earmarked to contribute to epidemic control through socioeconomic interventions that reduce vulnerability to HIV and AIDS. It strategically complements the four pillars of the National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children which seeks to strengthen children, their families and the government to provide comprehensive care and supportive environment for children. Started in 2015, CT program is funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).The program is being implemented in five districts of Manicaland Province and one district of Masvingo Province targeting OVC and their families as tabulated below;
In 2015, the CT program surpassed its annual target of 119 000 OVC and their households, reaching 124 815OVC and their families. In 2016, the program enjoyed surpassing the set target of 126 347, reaching out to 136966 children and their families. 134 417 were reached through the Country Operational Plan (COP) which is the main CT project and 2 549 were reached through the DREAMS initiative. This reach was against a target of 126 347, (12 004 for CT and 5 343 for DREAMS). The project managed to surpass its target because of the improved data collection system in which community cadres managed to report much of the children who had received services using Country Operation Plan and DREAMS funds. CT focused on the following interventions:
• Health assessments
• Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health targeting in and out of school adolescents
• Child protection
• GBV awareness
• Psychosocial support
• Education assistance
How Children Tariro works?
FACT Children Tariro OVC program employs a systemic approach which builds on Department of Child Welfare and Protection Services (DPWPS) strategy and FACT’s integrated Community Care of OVC model of offering wrap around services to children and their families.
Where do we work? Manicaland Province (Makoni, Mutasa, Mutare, Nyanga, Chipinge & Buhera (partnering with Rujeko) and Masvingo Province (partnering with Regai Dzive Shiri RDS.)
Services we offer
Children Tariro provides direct services to the child through a holistic approach to ensure that children are healthy, safe, schooled, and in stable environments. Therefore, interventions focus on Case Management, Access to Health/ HIV services, Safety, Protection, Economic Strengthening and Access to Education (ECD, Primary and Secondary.)
Households and communities are supported through economic strengthening activities and child protection structures to provide direct support to the child. Furthermore, government systems will be supported and strengthened to provide adequate service required by the child for improved well-being. At all these service points, cross cutting issues of child and adult participation, disability, case management and gender are mainstreamed. This is done within the Government of Zimbabwe and USAID guidelines and priorities.