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Mobile art & boxing exhibitions in at risk communities disseminating information on Adolescents health and rights.

Visual Stimulation and Participartion in lnformation Dissemination to Adolescents on Health and rights Using art and sporting Exhibitions.

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

The problem of School Absenteeism, School dropping out and pregnancy among In-school Girls and the high levels of cross generational sex involving young school girls with married and widowed men creating a vicious cycle of poverty and sickness.We are located in area near a a tourist town and two border towns with haulage trucks crisscrossing through the villages resulting in young girls being at risk and young boys also because of peer to peer sex after the young girls get involved in cross generational sex.Girls come from communities which struggle with food security because of their proximity to National parks were wildlife destroy crops and the soils are poor.All this puts girls at high risk.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

it is easy to create short term interest but how does one come up with a sustainable program that insures these young people safely negotiate their teenage years without coming to harm.(there is nothing as heartbreaking as seeing a fifteen year old becoming pregnant to a fellow teenager or married man and knowing that the unborn child will face the same challenge and probably carry HIV with them)

Explain Your Idea

The idea is to upscale the girls clubs we have and the boxing clubs we have through mobile art exhibitions and boxing exhibitions.We will then setup a local club in the areas that we manage to have a mobile art exhibition or a boxing exhibition.Creating a platform for the young girls and boys to remain occupied in and grow at the same time.These clubs will help to teach adolescents their health rights and disseminate relevant materials and will be a platform for future interaction.The mobile exhibitions are a way to create pomp and fanfare so that the communities are more engaged and interactive in the issues of young people.We hope that some of the artwork is prepared and done by the girls and boys themselves.The boxing participants will be young people especially the boys -this will result in them having diversions from their high energy which might be diverted to sexual relations of an unprotected and planned nature.As we have done in our pilot project we will involve the local village heads and communities to buy in their support and help foster community participation.Along the way and with time we will train local coaches and local aunties to carry the clubs and the programs forward.We believe this is a highly plausible model as we have obtained success in the two girl clubs we have run and the two boxing clubs we have.

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

Mobile Art Exhibitions and Sporting (Boxing) exhibitions will help to disseminate information on youth rights and health in a fun compelling way that is interactive for young people and catches their imagination. These mobile installations come with a lot of pomp and fanfare in communities such that they foster community participation on all levels resulting in the rights of the youths being articulated and respected across all levels in the communities these youths are in. It allows young people to be participative as they engage in sport and art, in their own future and shape their own destinies.Their creative abilities and skills are horned and shaped and their self esteem and confidence is boosted.

How is your idea unique?

We believe that grassroots programs have the highest impact and have focused our efforts and en devours along that path.Most programs go to already established access points like schools and hospitals and risk alienating some of the people who truly need help.We go in the actual villages, speak to village heads,village health workers and child workers ,who set up meetings with us and then with villagers and then we access directly their teenagers and meet on set dates and begin our programs. We are using art as a tool for learning and creating confidence.Art is an international language that has the ability to open people up and change their world views.It offers great visuals which are very important in speaking to young people. Sport is unique in its use as a tool.Most programs use Soccer as the tool for connection-we use boxing because it attracts men of all age groups who usually do not want to participate in community discussions as they love watching boxing.

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

How to ensure sustainability of the programs-how do we keep the boys and girls interested in the programs long enough to ensure their safe negotiation of this treacherous period in their lives. How do we stop these programs from being a vicious cycle so that their own children do not fall into the same trap.

Who are your end users?

Young In-school Girls aged between 10-18 years. After school girls aged between 15-21.Young boys aged from 12-21. Girls in school have the challenge of absenteeism,dropping out of school which leads eventuality to pregnancy.Thy risk obtaining diseases from cross generational sex with married men or from men marrying after losing their wives to HIV.Most of their poor decisions are made from a place of lack of information.Should these youths receive better information and amenities they can shape the direction of their lives better. When girls become pregnant and young man make girls pregnant it is usually their already poor parents who bear the brunt of the poor decisions as they have to take care of these new babies.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Zimbabwe

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Community at risk of disaster
  • Other

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

Villages are located near commercial farming land which was distributed haphazardly and national parks, sanctuaries, and state forests carry the vast wild animals.The sands are poor and the rain erratic-whatever survives as a crop is vandalized by wild animals.The villages are near a tourist town and two border town with haulage trucks the norm putting young rural girls at risk of transactional and cross generational sex increasing risk of disease and unplanned pregnancy and school dropouts.

What is your organization's name?


Tell us more about you.

We are two individuals ( Husband and wife) who are trained artist, who have worked with youths in development work in an art center and churches.We are also well versed in the tourism sector.We work using a grassroots model as we are based in the rural areas.Our desire is to see as money young people complete their education and find a career path especially in the arts.We believe that art and sport foster community interpersonal relationships,confidence and are tools for community change and growth.We are on the ground and deeply involved in our communities and believe that change starts with the people who are need the help as they can better articulate their own issues.

Organizational Characteristics

  • Women-led organization
  • Indigenous-led organization
  • Locally/community-led organization

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for more than a year.

Organization Location

Rural Victoria Falls,Zimbabwe

What is your organizational status?

  • Not formally registered but are a formal initiative through an accelerator, hub, or other entity.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Roll-out/Ready to Scale: Completed a pilot and am ready / in process of expanding.

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Hi Sefelepelo, nice to have you in the Challenge! Would love to learn how you decided on boxing and art as your core project areas and also how you would measure the success of your work?

Looking forward to learning more!

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Hey Sorry l saw your question a bit late.I am an artist and the other co founder is also an artist and every day we see the value of art as a learning tool because we work with mostly rural youth who cannot express themselves well academically but we find that with prodding from the participatory aspect of art they usually leave their shells and start asserting themselves which is important.From my experience sexual rights and health rights are related to how one can speak and defend themselves especially in Africa-Art just does ,that help the creative process.So when a girl or boy does a poem l believe first they are speaking to themselves and then to their communities.We do run a couple of boxing clubs with adolescents and find that they have a lot of pent up energy which when not properly harnessed can be directed towards sexual activity in a non responsible manner.Direct participation is one tool to measure success.When we mobilize adolescents their response as reflected by their enthusiasm in participating in the actual art workshops and exhibitions and in exhibition boxing (SPARRING MORE FOR ENTERTAINMENT) is a key indicator for success.indirect participation is measured by how many come to watch and see without necessarily participating is important.Such platforms create opportunities for one on one engagement which allows for first contact that can result in further curiosity so that other traditional means of communicating messages can be used.Boxing has an announcing component to it which can be used as am important element of the message delivery.Behavior change as a value is difficult to measure but a sustained communication effort in the form of exhibitions drives home the point and eventually we will see young people speaking up and asserting thier health rights and needs.