Project Tariro was founded to support people who learn their HIV test is positive. It’s been in operation for a few years now, and it has proved to be remarkably effective. Clients are invited to classes at the Old Mutare Mission Hospital where they learn skills to improve their health and the quality of their lives. They are also placed on ARV (Anti-Retroviral) treatment. They are in class for fifteen weeks, during which they learn improved self-care skills and small scale income-generating projects they can do at home. Classes usually have ten to twenty clients attending, and there have been 144 graduates so far. I was invited to the graduation ceremony of the 8th class today. It was a wonderful and festive occasion, with speeches by the Project Manager and many others. In spite of it being a rainy day, many previous graduates attended in support of the new graduating class, many walking miles in the rain to be there.
As part of the festivities, new graduates are given a handbag and two chickens or one pregnant rabbit (their choice) to start a small livestock project at home. Similar projects are re-invigorating many families and communities. Because of this, Project Tariro is well regarded and has earned high approval ratings from local leaders. Without a doubt, Project Tariro has provided faith and hope for the future for many in this area.