ZIMCARE TRUST ZAMBUKO WORKSHOP
Zimcare Trust Zambuko Workshop runs a quality rehabilitation centre that reaches out to thirty (30) intellectually challenged youths from the age of eighteen (18) and above, who are poor and come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A world in which all mentally challenged children are treated as citizens worthy of dignity and respect with their needs and rights upheld.
To uphold the rights of the intellectually, through encouragement, assistance and provision of holistic development (physical, emotional, social, intellectual and practical support) so that they can be efficient, independent, self sufficient, and socially acceptable individual who will lead a meaningful life.
To empower and equip intellectually challenged and vulnerable children of the ages of 18 and above through quality entrepreneur training and life skills and to prepare them before they integrate into formal society.
- To provide vocational training to 30 intellectually challenged OVCs.
- To provide technical and material support to 30 intellectually challenged OVCs.
- To mobilize financial and material resources for 30 intellectually challenged OVCs.
- To monitor and evaluate staff performance and programme implementation.
- To build the capacities of the project staff (staff development) for the OVCs.
The trainees are given introductory tutorials of woodwork where they are taught to identify tools or equipment used and how to use them, as well as safety precautions. Particularly, they are taught how to make coffins and other household furniture. There are two instructors who work with the trainees in the workshop.
Given the necessary assistance, these less advantaged youth can prove to the world that they can assist in community development.
Trainees are introduced to gardening (land preparation, making seedbeds, weeding, and transplanting). Normally, we grow maize, potatoes and vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, okra, onions, cabbages, green beans, rape and beetroot. There is a ready market for the garden produce as well as feeding the trainees (surplus).
We have a borehole which supplies water perennially to the large garden at the centre. We are failing to fully utilize the garden due to lack of funding to buy inputs such as fertilizer, hosepipe, hoes and chemicals .We also need funds to construct a 300m2 green house and a manual borehole. Another challenge is that we have one gardener, but the ideal is to have two. We have one and half hectares of arable land.
Our fowl run has a capacity of holding 1 200 birds and 50m2 of space adjacent to the fowl run for expansion. The trainees are taught about poultry (feeding, diseases, vaccination and cleaning the fowl run).
Currently, the project is running but the major problem is that we do not have enough livestock, feeds and vaccines for the project.
Waving, Metalwork And Candle Making Projects
Equipment for the workshops is available though in obsolete state. It is our wish as a centre that, given enough resources, we can resuscitate the projects, the more the project we have, the more the activity for our trainees and obviously reduce the unwanted random milling about.
Our trainees take part in Special Olympics Zimbabwe competitions and some of them had opportunities to represent the country at international arenas after going through national selection. Some of our athletes also take part in national Paralympic games as well as Zimcare Trust National competitions.
The Centre used to get numerous contractual contracts from companies around and some from a distance. The contracts are usually simple jobs that are carried out with trainees under minimum supervision, and in return the service is paid for. The arrangement always keeps our trainees occupied all the time.
Since the centre was floated in 1983 close to one thousand trainees passed through the door and were equipped with different useful skills, some of whom have been employed while some have started their own backyard businesses.