City of Harare Director of Housing and Community Services Mr Addmore Nhekairo has hailed the work being done by the various partners at the city’s Hopley Tariro Clinic and Youth Centre.
Mr Nhekairo made the remarks during a tour of the institution by city officials, UNFPA, Embassy of Switzerland and other organisations working at the institution.
“Since the completion of the construction, this infrastructure has been utilised and we are grateful of the number of partners at this centre. The assistance we got from ILO and UNFPA has made a significant mark in Hopley which has around 10 000 housing units,” he said.
Swiss Embassy’s Assistant Regional Director Fouad Amir pledged to continue supporting the City.
“Challenges of sexual reproduction health are caused by the population growth in the City, hence supporting this project in Hopley is crucial,” said Fouad.
The partners who use the functional youth centre, offer a number of services to the community.
During the tour, various partners took time to explain the activities that they are doing at the centre.
Welcome Trust’s Ethel Dauya said they facilitate HIV testing, menstrual hygiene management and help distribute condoms.
“We support the youth friendly centre where youths can play games such as darts, soccer tournament and pool,” said Dauya.
ZICHIRE’s Walter Chikanya said their organisation empowers girls in Hopley by giving them sanitary wear.
“We also provide youth sexual reproductive health information. ZICHIRE facilitates parent-child communication on adolescence issues,” said Chikanya.
Centre for Sexual Health HIV and Aids Research (CESHAR) Acting Clinics Manager Sithembiso Dube said CESHAR offers free treatment to sex workers, distribute condoms and send the sex workers back to school.
Dadirai Saopa, a beneficiary of the Hopley Youth Centre, said “I would like to thank ILO and UNFPA for the training I got in brick laying, skimming, plastering and laying of roofing tiles. I am happy because before the training I was looked done upon but now it’s different,” she said.
Ward 1 Councillor Tendai Katsaira took part in the tour.
Some of the partners working at the institution include UNFPA, ZICHIRE, Africa Aid, Mavambo, Say What, Restless Development, Ceshar, Zivo Aid Group, Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau, Plan International, World Food Programme, Dan Church Aid, Zimbabwe National Network for People Living with HIV and Aids, Aids Counselling Trust, National Aids Council of Zimbabwe, National Arts Council, Government departments, Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture and Ministry of Women Affairs among others.