David Bonnardeaux Pact, Director of Environment sharing the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment findings

Through the FACT Zimbabwe led Sustaining Prevention and increasing Access to Care and Empowerment for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Zimbabwe (SPACE for OVC) Program with technical support from Pact conducted a two-day training of trainer’s workshop in Harare which drew the participation of other USAID supported OVC project implementing partners, Government of Zimbabwe line ministries.

The training workshop comes on the backdrop of the FACT Zimbabwe led Technical Working Group on climate change and resilience which had its first meeting this week to discuss group coordination and expectations. The meeting paved way for the ToT of OVC partners and key stakeholders in a bid to conduct rapid assessments of observed and anticipated climate change impacts, assets at risk, vulnerability of adaptive capacity of OVC populations and communities affected by HIV in OVC implementation sites.

The training workshop was attended by Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Zimbabwe, Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe, Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Zimbabwe, Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Mavambo Vana Trust, Hospice Palliative Care Association of Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ), Bantwana Zimbabwe, CBM Christian Blind Mission, Rujeko Home Based Care Programme.

FACT Zimbabwe is leading the SPACE for OVC consortium implementing program in Manicaland and Masvingo Provinces in a bid to sustain gains in prevention and increasing access to care and empowerment services to orphans and vulnerable children and their families since climate change threatens children’s survival, development, nutrition, education, and access to health care.