Deafness is a serious disability in Zimbabwe affecting children’s communication and education. Most deaf children in Zimbabwe have hearing parents who are not aware of the signs of deafness and are not expecting to have communication challenges with their child. Nzeve is an organisation of deaf and hearing men and women that reaches out to families and communities across Manicaland, with deaf awareness, early identification and intervention for deaf children and support to their families.
The centre has a number of programmes including:
- early childhood education using sign language and visual, participatory activities.
- support group for families of deaf children
- outreach to communities with awareness programmes.
- life skills training for deaf youth – including vocational skills and health programmes.
- support to resource units for the deaf in local schools in collaboration with Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.
In addition, caregivers of children with disabilities are taught business skills, form savings groups and are encouraged to provide for the needs of their child. An inclusion programme raises awareness among other NGOs for the support of children with disabilities.
Their vision is to see the Deaf community valued in an inclusive society.
Their strategic goals are:
Early access to services
To promote early identification and increase access to early intervention for deaf children and their families.
To promote sign language and facilitate support to deaf children and their teachers
To empower deaf youth to live independent and healthy lives.
Training and Partnership
To reduce discrimination against children with disabilities by equipping service providers and families.
Capacity to deliver
To have a sustainable organisation making best use of available resources.
Where is NZEVE Deaf Children’s Centre