Psychosocial Support (PSS) is a widely defined activity. PSS refers to all activities or interventions directed at supporting OVC deal with their emotional, psychological, social and behavioural problems. Despite providing OVC with services such as educational support, food, blankets, Birth Certificate and medical assistance there is also need to support OVC who are grieving, experiencing stigma and discrimination or who are being abused emotionally, sexually and or physically. Wraparound and continuum care to OVC helps in moulding socially adjusted, self-sustaining, health and responsible citizens. Among PSS strategies being implored by Mavambo and its partners are; building community capacity to recognise and respond to psychosocial distress, memory work, therapeutic activities (music, dance and art, speak out sessions, role plays, poetry), life skills support (teaching parenting skills, boosting self-confidence and cognitive skills), community based camps, support groups, excursions, addressing secondary trauma and psychotherapy through counselling sessions.
Counselling Programme: Counselling sessions are held with OVC presented with numerous life challenges. Sessions reveal deep seated anger, hate and fear among children
Basic Counselling Training: Mavambo in partnership with CONNECT Zimbabwe trains teachers from partner schools in five different clusters on Basic Counselling.
Suggestion Boxes in Schools: It is notable that so many issues are kept under the carpet by children often because they do not have anyone to confide in. However, children may feel free to share issues through use of anonymous letters and notes if they fear victimisation. To aid this Mavambo provides Suggestion Boxes to partner schools in Mabvuku, Tafara and Goromonzi.
Psycho-social Support (PSS) Activities: Children engage in ball games, poetry, drama and dances before debriefs. During games children learn listening skills, sharing, about directions and team work.
PSS Community Based Camps: Community based camps are facilitated in all partner schools in Mabvuku, Tafara and Goromonzi. The objectives of the camps is to encourage children to work together and support each other during difficult times, to foster a spirit of cooperation among peers, as well as to cultivate a sense of belonging among the children. The main features of the camps were games and sports and story telling.
Talk Time: Talk Time sessions are open discussion fora where children are encouraged to create an atmosphere of openness in whatever they are doing.
Home Visits: Visits to Mavambo Learning Centre graduates and children are conducted by Shamwari Dzedu and Social Workers. Monthly visits to children are done to identify successes and challenges encountered by children under project so that tailor made support can be extended to them.
Career Guidance: Career guidance is one effort to build children’s confidence and hope. Stakes involved for each profession are shared between facilitator and participants. However, children were encouraged to aim higher and work harder in order to achieve their goals in life. Career Guidance and Guidance sessions are already in place in schools and Mavambo Trust support those efforts to nurture children’s confidence.
Memory Work: Memory Work sessions target children who recently lost a caregiver. Both pleasant and unpleasant past experiences entails memory. Participants then reflected on their departed caregivers and recorded memories in a memory book.