By Elizabeth Ndhlovu-Dumbreni

 

Many a time, religious and faith healers have been known to dissuade their followers from seeking medical attention, claiming spiritual healing through prayer, even in the face of illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and HIV among others. But for one Zimbabwean religious leader, the case is different. Popular Chitungwiza-based Apostle, Cornelius Chikuhwa, of Living Word Citadel church, broke new ground recently, when he taught about the upside of seeking medical attention.

By Elizabeth Ndhlovu-Dumbreni

 

Takawira Moyo

Religious leaders in Mberengwa have for a long time been tight-lipped about preaching the gospel of condom use among their congregants, says District Aids Action Committee officer for Mberengwa rural, Zimbabwe, Takawira Moyo.

By Elizabeth Ndhlovu-Dumbreni

Bubi chief’s representative, Bowen Sibanda speaks out against gender-based violence

Umuzi we Ndebele wakhiwa nge nduku, so goes the old Ndebele adage. Loosely translated, this statement encourages men to use violence against their wives and children as a way of maintaining order or disciplining the family. The chief’s right hand man Bowen Sibanda says this commonly held belief has led to the high incidence of violence against women and children in Bubi District.

By Elizabeth Ndhlovu-Dumbreni

Project participants pose for a photograph after a hard day’s work at the nutrition garden

Felix Garden is an Irish Aid-funded project that was initiated by the villagers of ward 10 in Bubi District, Matabeleland North. Felix is a fairly young resettlement area comprising families that are fighting for a common goal – to help eradicate the scourge of HIV and gender-based violence (GBV).

By Elizabeth Ndhlovu-Dumbreni

Nomdumo Moyo stresses a point

Many of the young people who take part in youth groups like the Youth for Gender Norms Transformation (Y4GT) are eloquent in speaking about to HIV and gender-based violence, but for 16 year-old Somvubu High School student Nomdumo Moyo, the this topic is very broad and she chooses to look at it from a different perspective.