DREAMS Initiative: Zimbabwe

DREAMS Initiative provides economic resilience and opportunities for girls, layered with HIV prevention, sexual reproductive health, gender-based violence, and life skills.

Funder

USAID

Location

BULAWAYO, GWERU, AND MAZOWE DISTRICTS, ZIMBABWE

Dates

2016 - 2018

Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe

DREAMS is an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries, to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women.

In Zimbabwe, the DREAMS project empowers 3,000 young women through the provision of a comprehensive care package including entrepreneurship, mentoring, life and employability skills, vocational skills trainings, financial literacy, sexual and reproductive education, and protection services from gender-based violence.

Internal Savings and Lending clubs are established to support savings and give girls and young women financial literacy skills. Entrepreneurship skills assist them to start their own small businesses, while a Work Readiness model links them to internships in private and public sector companies, which prepares girls for long-term employment in the broader job market.

All girls in our program are trained in a curriculum for gender-based violence education and awareness, and adolescent sexual reproductive health education and HIV prevention.