Mentally and Physically Handicapped Development and Counselling Trust (MEPHDECT) is a Zimbabwean registered (542/2019) non-profit making institution dedicated to improve marginalized rural communities’ livelihoods through sustainable and community driven psychosocial development approaches. The organization promotes sustainable and climate adaptable farming practices and ecological farming for improved food, nutrition and income security. MEPHDECT aims to promote water availability, sanitation and hygiene services provision. The organisation is geared to facilitate creation of gender sensitive community owned productive jobs along the value chain and entrepreneur skills training as a strategy to promote gender equality in socio-economic development processes and to reduce poverty. Finally, the organization programs aim to increase the number of underprivileged children including those living with disability access descent education and vocation training for skills development.
Programme Focus Areas
MEPHDECT development activities are articulated under 4 thematic programme areas of focus listed below:
- Education and Psychosocial Support based on the increasing number of silent victims especially orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) including those living with disability and the prevalence of emergencies (droughts, floods pandemics and inflation).
- Water, Sanitation and Climate Adaptation were identified on the observation of climate change and declining water and sanitation services provision.
- Food and Nutrition Security and Livelihoods were identified based on worsening hunger and poverty in marginalised communities.
- Economic Empowerment and Gender Equity thematic areas were identified as a response to increasing lack of formal employment opportunities, gender inequalities, increasing female and child headed households in the rural communities.
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