Strategically using ICTs to amplify voices of silenced groups

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bridging the gap between communities and people living with mental illness....Action step 10

THE Creative Centre for Communication and Development joined some individuals and other organisations to host an early Christmas party for inmates at Ingutsheni Psychiatric hospital, Zimbabwe’s biggest referral hospital for people living with mental illnesses.
The organisation took part in this activity as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaigns. This was done after the organisation had realised that people living with mental illness were shunned and excluded from engaging in activities that are important to them and the entire community.
CCCD distributed clothing items for the inmates and 300 purple ribbons and pins, 30 posters and car stickers to the over 300 inmates, sponsors and staff members who were at the party. The festive event was marked by various activities including modelling, eating and dancing competitions by the inmates. In the modelling competition, Gift Moyo was voted Mr Ingutsheni and Ruvarashe Mufandaedza lived up to her name when she was voted Miss Ingutsheni. Ruvarashe literally means God’s flower.
Creative Centre for Communication and Development board chairperson, Pastor Febbie Chuma who was one of the judges in the modelling competition handed out the prizes to the jovial winners and encouraged them to work hard in preparation for the next competition.