Porticus project seeks to address challenges faced by persons with disabilities in Makoni District of Manicaland province of Zimbabwe. Persons with disabilities continue to be an extremely marginalized group in society and they face a myriad challenges. It is estimated that about 900 000 individuals out of total population 13 million people in Zimbabwe have some form of disability, (UNICEF 2015). There are many myths, beliefs, negative perception, fear and prejudice associated with persons with disabilities that lead to their total exclusion from social activities. The thrust is to empower disable people through: 1, awareness campaigns on disability, 2. Promote access to education and health services, 3. Encourage full participation in societal activities within communities, 4. Provide employment opportunities like income generating projects. Employment creation will improve the disabled people’s living conditions since they will be able to work for themselves.
Trocaire IR and SIDA
Through support from Trocaire, DOMCCP has been implementing health, rights advocacy and economic strengthening interventions in Manicaland since 2012. The interventions have reached over 6000 men and women directly and over 3000 indirectly. Since then, the organisation has undertaken interventions such as establishment and strengthening of community advocacy teams, promotion of health decision making among PLHIV, wealth creating for marginalised groups, PLHIV treatment literacy and improving access to HIV diagnostic services (e.g. CD4 and viral load measurements). Trocaire IR and Trocaire SIDA commenced in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Trocaire IR is being implemented in Mutasa District and Trocaire SIDA is being implemented in Mutare District with both projects using the SASA! Faith methodology.
Chipinge Women Economic Empowerment Programme (CWEEP) is being implemented in 4 wards of Chipinge with the main thrust being to empower women and young girls economically. Dependence is arguably one of the lead factors towards the victimisation of women by men. The project therefore, targets women as key beneficiaries in a bid to empower them with business knowledge, skills and support so that they become financially independent.