SAYWHAT is partnering with SAfAIDS (with support from Sweden and Norad) in implementing a Sustainable Communities Of Real Excellence programme (SCORE) which is a regional initiative that is being run through strategic regional and national partners in 6 countries to address HIV, TB, GBV and SRH needs of young people, women and key populations.
This programme contributes towards provision of support towards gender equality including a commitment to address gender dynamics, the norms and socio-cultural structures underlying inequality, as well as harmful gender roles and discriminatory practices by women and men of diverse cultures in marginalized settings of Mafararikwa and Hamamaoko Communities within Mutare Rural District in Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe. The project started in July 2014. The primary target of this intervention includes young people aged 10-24 years, women aged 25-49 years who live in the informal sectors around mines and farms, young offenders and women in prisons and SAYWHAT is specifically targeting young people among the Marange Apostolic Sect.
The Young People (YP) are being reached through the FreshCom Model which is an approach aimed at scaling up dissemination of strategic SRH information and uptake of key services for young people using the “FRESH Way”. The programme builds the capacity of young people to become champions of SRH education, advocacy, motivation and referral of their peers for SRH services within their own communities through the (young people information and services advocates) YPISA. The secondary target of this intervention includes Men as critical stakeholders in preventing HIV, GBV and upholding the rights of women and girls and Gatekeepers (teachers, district officials, political, traditional and religious leaders), Circle of Care of adolescents and Young People (YP) (parents, guardians and carers) as well as SRHR Service Providers (Health and Education sectors). SAYWHAT is implementing the following main activities: YPISA SRHR trainings, Intergenerational Dialogues, Mobile Hop On-Hop Off Taxi Dialogues, Establishment and management of SRHR Radio Listening clubs and SCORE SHRR Speak out Bashes in Mutare Rural District.