Grassroots Women making Great Strides in Climate Change Resilience Building
Climate Change is the current Global leading challenge outside poverty with Scholars, developmental agencies, civil societies, national governments and Research Institutions being preoccupied in making efforts to find the lasting sustainable solution to Climate Change. The Global Community is living no stone unturned their endeavour to develop sustainable community responsive strategies to ensure adaptability and resilience in the wake of extreme hunger and severe poverty. Zimbabwe Parents of the Handicapped Children joined the Global Community in making frantic efforts to ensure grassroots women particularly mothers of children living with disabilities in the Greater Harare Province of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Parents of the Handicapped Children Association with financial support from Huairou Commission identified 200 grassroots women affected by Climate Change in the Greater Harare Province of Zimbabwe for the Resilience Building Project Implementation. The Project was implemented in line with the ZPHCA Resilience Building Model, which is an amalgamation of tried and tested grassroots women climate change resilience building practical solutions. The 200 grassroots women were involved in the Resilience Building Projects and great results are emerging from the field of implementation. The following were reported and noted:
- 100 Grassroots women benefited from the Gardening Input Support Program. Under this program, grassroots women were given various vegetable seeds, fertilisers, water pumps, spraying chemicals and other gardening tools amongst others.
- 10 Grassroots Women Internal Savings and Credit Scheme/Revolving Fund Groups were established and supported with and initial Capita of 300 per group.
- 66 Grassroots women Leaders from Harare, Chitungwiza, Epworth and Domboshawa were trained and graduated as Resilience Building Peer Educators.
- Several Resilience Building Awareness and Advocacy Campaigns were held in Chitungwiza, Harare, Domboshawa, Epworth, Caledonia and Dema amongst other strategic Areas.
- 44 Grassroots women leaders were trained and mentored to become Disaster Risk Reduction Community Peer Educators.
- 200 Grassroots women formerly joined the ZPHCA Resilience Movement which was officially launched in Harare at Rokpa Centre.
- More than 60 Grassroots women leaders from Harare, Chitungwiza, Epworth and Domboshawa were trained in monitoring Good Governance practices by the respective Local Authorities.
- ZPHCA in partnership with other Huairou Commission Networking Partners in Zimbabwe managed to Organise 1 National Exchange Visit for members participating in implementing Resilience Building Projects. 3 Further internal Peer Exchange Visits were done for 10 ZPHCA Groups were done in Dema, Domboshawa and Epworth.