Funded by the US Embassy the purpose of this project is to economically empower youth with an income generating indigenous poultry project. When youth have their own income they can negotiate for safe sex, escape child marriages, and avoid sex work, decreasing the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The purpose of this project is to increase young people’s access to SRHR information and services in ward 32 of Zaka District in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe. Young people visit the center to access counselling, SRHR information through education, pamphlets etc. condoms, and referrals to access SRHR services to local health centers.
Tariro Youth Development Trust is a beneficiary of the Civil Society Strengthening Project implemented by Plan International in partnership with Justice for Children and Women and Law in Southern Africa funded by the European Union and the Sweden to build the capacity of Civil Society Organizations to effectively implement their programs and advocate for the rights of children particularly the girl child.
Improved the livelihoods of young people through Savings and Lending Groups. 10 groups were formed with 10-15 members in Dzoro rural community in Zaka District, Zimbabwe. These groups were capacitated in basic SHG concepts, entrepreneurship and Income Generation Activities based on their interests and viability of the IGA. The SHGs invested in their savings and established micro-enterprises like indigenous poultry rearing, small input gardens, floor polish making and bee keeping. They also engage themselves in small businesses selling fish, groceries using small tuck-shops, purchase and sell goat meat. The activities raised household incomes and built resilience to economic shocks and stresses.
TYDT has increased knowledge and awareness of life skills, SRHR, HIV and AIDS through various methods i.e. Youth Friendly Corners, sporting activities that are netball, volleyball and soccer, advocacy and social mobilization at community level targeted parents, caregivers and traditional leaders to eradicate harmful social and cultural practices detrimental to youths SRHR.
TYDT has working relationships with line ministries, government departments, micro-finance institutions and other implementing partners on sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention, and livelihoods of young people in Zimbabwe. It has also explored partnership with international organizations. TYDT has also joined a global partnership on ending child marriage-Girls Not Brides.