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CAPACITY BUILDING FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

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By Byron Kabaira

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a weak cause without the compliment of a comprehensive capacity building structure.  As thought and action leaders in the field of ECD Nhaka Foundation does not expect to achieve this shy of the much-needed workshops where the organisation’s staff take some time to impart knowledge on the selected communities.

During these face to face information dissemination sessions Nhaka Foundation staff educate community stakeholders (parents and community leaders) in context to the running projects which vary from nutrition gardening, the scope of ECD, construction, general health seminars, income generation projects as well as monitoring and guidance as stipulated by the psychosocial support programs under Nhaka Foundation’s grand objectives. 

So far Nhaka Foundation has conducted 3 capacity development workshops in Mutare in Chitakatira Ward. Currently the Foundation is busy with a ground breaking ECD project in partnership with Mozambique’s Wona Sonana, an NGO registered in Mozambique since 2003 with a focus on the implementation of participatory education programmes in preschools and primary schools and capacity building in the communities.  Under the auspices of these two organisations routine capacity building workshops will be conducted between Zimbabwe and Mozambique at selected community centres.

Nhaka Foundation remains committed to guiding communities and ensuring a better tomorrow for children through continuously gathering relevant stakeholders for capacity development workshops for the efficient delivery of duties. Please follow our detailed activities on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) as well as the Nhaka Foundation Blog on our website and be sure to walk with us as we reach out and touch as many communities as we can.

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Nhaka Foundation spreads wings all the way to Mozambique

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Nhaka Foundation is proud to play a part in numerous early childhood development programs aimed at preparing children for the future. This is done through a community-based approach that includes projects in Education, Health, Food Security and Psychosocial Support for children aged between 0 – 8 years of age. The Foundation has been in existence since 2008 and has recently embarked on its biggest and most exciting program thus far having partnered with Mozambique’s Wona Sanana, an NGO registered in Mozambique since 2003 with a focus on the implementation of participatory education programmes in preschools and primary schools and capacity building in the communities. Our partnership with Wona Sanana is bolstered by yet another partnership we have with TDH-Germany and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Germany to ensure the flow of much needed resources that will realise the dreams and aspirations of communities to have secure, stable and safe school infrastructure.

Nhaka Foundation is proud to play a part in numerous early childhood development programs aimed at preparing children for the future. This is done through a community-based approach that includes projects in Education, Health, Food Security and Psychosocial Support for children aged between 0 – 8 years of age. The Foundation has been in existence since 2008 and has recently embarked on its biggest and most exciting program thus far having partnered with Mozambique’s Wona Sanana, an NGO registered in Mozambique since 2003 with a focus on the implementation of participatory education programmes in preschools and primary schools and capacity building in the communities. Our partnership with Wona Sanana is bolstered by yet another partnership we have with TDH-Germany and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Germany to ensure the flow of much needed resources that will realise the dreams and aspirations of communities to have secure, stable and safe school infrastructure.

In Zimbabwe, Nhaka Foundation is currently busy with the projects that will see many communities benefit from the construction of Early Childhood Development centres as well as feeding schemes and nutrition gardening projects aimed at spearheading the organisation’s preferred core ethos – Access to learning, play and healthy feeding both at school and at home.  In Zimbabwe’s Manicaland province this is being done in Mutare’s Southern District community of Chitakatira as well as Seke District’s Budiriro situated in Mashonaland South while in Mozambique, the province of Maputo is the site for implementation. 

Love transcends geographical boundaries and the story of Nhaka Foundation touching one and touching many is just taking yet another interesting twist. Please follow our detailed activities on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) as well as the Nhaka Foundation Blog on our website and be sure to walk with us as we reach out and partner with as many communities as we can. 

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Quality, holistic and lifelong Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

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Project Title: 

Development and systemisation of effective models of Early Childhood Care and Education in underserved rural communities of Zimbabwe and Mozambique


Project Objective: 
The project contributes to quality, holistic and lifelong Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) for children between 0 and 8 years of age in underserved rural areas in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.


Project Outcomes
The physical, socio-emotional and cognitive development of 6,995 children between 0 and 8 years of age in 5 rural communities (2 in Zimbabwe, 3 in Mozambique) is secured and innovative, holistic and scalable models of rural ECCE are applied in the project communities
Project Duration: 3 Years

By Project End:
1. 4,730 children aged 0-7 years would have received regular health screenings, a varied meal per day and access to clean drinking water throughout the school year.
2.  1,080 parents/caregivers and community volunteers would have improved their parenting skills
3.  Access to child-friendly, inclusive ECCE care, which takes current standards and curricula into account, would have been established in the 5 project communities
4.  Two local implementing organizations Nhaka Foundation (Zimbabwe) and Wona Sanana (Mozambique) and staff  would have improved their knowledge and skills in managing complex projects as well as their technical knowledge and skills in child protection, child rights, nutrition, working with disabled children, advocacy and assessment tools.

Project Components

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Increasing Access to ECD:

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Nhaka-TDH-BMZ ProjectNhaka Foundation and TDH-Germany Partner to Increase Access to Early Childhood Development for young children in rural Zimbabwe.

We are truly excited to be entering into this great partnership with TDH-Germany and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Germany. The project is designed to develop and systematize effective models of early childhood care and education in rural Zimbabwe. To make this even more exciting, Nhaka Foundation will be collaborating with Wona Sanana a non profit organization based in Maputo, Mozambique who will be implementing a similar project. 

Founded in 2008, Nhaka Foundation is a key player in the field of early childhood development in Zimbabwe. In this context, Nhaka Foundation pursues a community-based approach that includes projects in education, health, food security and psychosocial support for children. The work of Nhaka Foundation focuses on children between 0 and 8 years of age and promotes safe and clean ECCE institutions, child-friendly pedagogical models and teacher training, linking this with nutrition programmes and nutrition and hygiene education, access to health care and psychosocial support. Buoyed by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in October 2016, Nhaka Foundation works in rural communities on projects designed to increase access to early childhood development for the nation’s littlest and most vulnerable.

The communities of Chitakatira Wardlocated in the Mutare South District in Manicaland and Budiriro Wardin Seke District in Mashonaland East will be beneficiaries of the projects to be implemented. In Chitakatira Ward, Nhaka Foundation will work directly at the Chitakatira Primary School (310 children between 4 and 5 years and 540 children between 6 and 8 years, a total of 850 children) and with a further 438 children between 0 and 3 years in the immediate neighbourhood who are not yet attending school. In Budiriro Ward, the project will be implemented at Logan Lee School, which does not have its own school building. So far, the children have been taught in a former tobacco barn. The school has 132 children between the ages of 2 and 8 (a total of 238 pupils). 

The early childhood period is a critical foundational moment in human development and Nhaka Foundation recognizes that vulnerable children require early childhood development (ECD) services to help them achieve their potential. This early foundation in life, sets them up for a life full of possibilities.

Follow this work on our Facebook Page, follow conversations on Twitter, read all about the progress on our Nhaka Blog and view some pictures on our Nhaka Instagram.

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Using Cross-Border Leadership and Networks to Influence National Policy and Implementation

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Click on link below to read exciting article about Education Diplomacy courtesy of Association for Childhood Education International;

http://www.educationdiplomacy.org/education-diplomacy-blog/2018/5/21/using-cross-border-leadership-and-networks-to-influence-national-policy-and-implementation

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Celebrating growth and transitions

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Dear Friends,

New Year, new season here at Nhaka Foundation. This is a season of significant change at Nhaka Foundation, and we’re reminded of God’s awesomeness by Isaiah 43:19- “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”

Having founded and established an organization that is truly responsive to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe and creating partnerships that have served over 20 000 children in the past 10 years, Patrick Makokoro announced his departure from the day to day role at Nhaka Foundation as of 31 December 2017. 

Patrick will continue to support the ongoing work of Nhaka Foundation and its team by joining the board of directors as Board President. While we are saddened by the decision to transition from the day to day role, we are excited by the faithfulness of God throughout this 10 year journey at Nhaka Foundation and we are even more excited for this transition. 

Along with the other members of the Nhaka Foundation Board of Directors, we are committed to the mission, vision and values that Patrick and Team Nhaka have created over the years. To support this transition, Patrick has committed time to work with the new Director and staff to ensure that there is stability, growth and excellent delivery of service through out.

If you have questions about our transition process, please email us at info@nhakafoundation.org. On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, we are truly grateful as you journey with us supporting the orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe.

Sincerely,

 Ndaba Nkala

Nhaka Foundation,

Deputy Board Chair

 

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