Brief BackgroundZImbabwe National Council for Welfare of Children - ZNCWC
ZNCWC was established in 1968 in response to the growing number of children who were living in difficult circumstances. At its inception the organization’s main purpose was to equip residential care institutions with technical and material expertise to effectively support children. However the post-independence era has been characterized by major changes to the society such as the increase of children living in difficult circumstances owing to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, constant droughts, harmful practices and most obviously the crippled economy of Zimbabwe. Due to this fact, ZNCWC removed all forms of exclusion in the execution of its duties and become the umbrella body that coordinates the child rights sector in Zimbabwe. The organisation’s major thrust is lobbying and advocacy, capacity building, quality assurance on child oriented initiatives, child participation, research and resource mobilization for effective programme execution.
ZNCWC also works in collaboration with other organisations in the child rights sector at different levels. This collaboration seeks to bring into the mainstream all the organisations working in the child rights sector for effective collaboration and complementarity.
OUR PARTNERSHIPS AND WORK
Save the Children Zimbabwe
In 2011 ZNCWC partnered with Save the Children Zimbabwe (SCZ) to implement a project titled Child Rights Governance. The main aim of this partnership is to write the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and African Charter on the Welfare and Rights of Children (ACWRC) Supplementary Reports.
Terre des Hommes Germany
Through the support of Terre des Hommes (TDH) Germany, Zimbabwe published its first ever child rights audit report. The process of developing the audit report was motivated by the need to review the outcome of ratifying the UNCRC. Although Zimbabwe’s efforts to promote children’s rights are commendable there was need to look into how children’s rights have been protected and promoted.
In 2011, ZNCWC also partnered with Progressio and a number of local NGOs under the Comic Relief project ‘Hear our Voices’. In this project, ZNCWC was building the capacity of child rights organizations on child friendly HIV/AIDS programming and rights based approaches to programming.
In 2012, ZNCWC partnered with ICCO for a National Child Rights Advocacy Project. In seeking to coordinate this sector, one key challenge that has been apparent has been fragmentation. The organizations in the child rights sector did not have agreed priorities for advocacy or programming as a result, this weakened all advocacy efforts of the sector.
UNICEF and Department of Social Services
Between 2007 and 2010, ZNCWC in collaboration with UNICEF, the Department of Social Services and residential childcare institutions across Zimbabwe facilitated the development of the National Residential Child Care Standards (NRCCS)
ZNCWC had an opportunity to sub grant under the Canadian Embassy. In this project, ZNCWC had to ensure that Mbuya Nehanda Children’s Home, an institution with 181 children, had sustainable livelihoods projects that ensured food security for the children. Accordingly ZNCWC facilitated the drilling of boreholes and the revival of gardens for vegetables.