What does the organization do ?
Patsime Trust is a Zimbabwean non-profit organisation established in 2002 and based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Patsime Trust currently implements its projects in Zimbabwe although it has one project that it is implementing in the Southern African countries, which are Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. Patsime’s core activities include production of edutainment theatre, participatory theatre for development, capacity development for community based theatre groups, information collection, production, and dissemination and promoting communication and dialogue on cutting- edge issues related to HIV and AIDS. Patsime Trust with five years experience in project planning and management has a programme portfolio that includes four projects which are the Buddyz for Luv which is a branded multi-media project targeting young people, Capacity Building Project which trains theatre for development strategies, Communication and Culture Series which uses forum theatre among other theatre for development strategies to engage rural communities to discuss the implications of culture to HIV and AIDS issues and Capacity Development of Southern African Women Project which mainstreams gender, human rights and HIV and AIDS in the Arts. Patsime also provides Consultancy Services in theatre for development and participatory methods, which are flexibly packaged to meet various demands of clients in development agencies.
Patsime strives to be an innovation leader in communication for development strategies and arts promotion.
To use theatre, media and other communication strategies to provide information, develop capacity and enhance communication in addressing HIV and AIDS and related development issues for various communities.
Patsime’s focus is on HIV and AIDS issues and interrelated development issues that include gender, disability, reproductive health, drug abuse, and children’s rights and arts promotion.
Opportunities for Youth
The Buddyz for Luv project is a branded multi-media project targeting young people aged between 12 and 20 years. The project uses an edutainment approach, which has over the past five years, included edutainment theatre, which includes a scripted play and post-performance discussions. Patsime has, through time produced its own IEC material, as well as collect and distributed other material from other organisations. The IEC material for schools constitutes part of the Buddyz for Luv brand presenting HIV and AIDS information in a way that is appealing to youth. The material will also be linked to the characters and themes in both the radio and television programmes which Patsime produces. The material will be developed to suite the target group as appropriate, and will be distributed together with other material, collected from other organisations
The project has expanded and now includes a television serial drama, Suburb ‘D’, addressing adolescent reproductive rights, HIV and AIDS, gender issues such as gender based violence and human trafficking. The schools component of the project intends to establish Buddyz clubs which will be youth driven in collaboration with Patsime Trust. In addition the project intends to produce a twenty-four minute sister radio programme which will focus on issues that affect young people with a thrust to improve interaction between parents and children. The programme consists of an eight-minute presentation of drama, which will be informed by contributions from phone- ins. The next sixteen minutes will consist of a panel discussion, which will also enhance interaction between parents and young people. The programme will give parents and the youths dialoguing spaces with moderation from a panel of experts from selected relevant fields.
The name “Baba Chipo” should ring a bell in the minds of those who watch Zimbabwean dramas. “Pfuma”, a drama which tackles social issues that affect children who are victims of divorce, introduced this humorous character who was totally controlled by his second wife. Chipo was his step daughter’s name yet he had his own name. The second wife got to squander the bride price of the man’s daughter whose mother had died. The man behind this character is award winning actor Nash Mphepo.
Mphepo who was born on 25 August 1977 and began his acting career in 1995 and specialised in community theatre. He switched to television films in 2007 with the film “Suburban D” in which he featured as McDonald.From then on, Mphepo went on to feature in a number of short films and dramas with “Pfuma” being one of the dramas that catapulted him to stardom. Other dramas he acted in include “Masimba” and “Mudiwa”. In an interview, Mphepo who is a family man with four kids – two boys and two girls – said he has undying passion for acting and that is what has kept him going.
“I started acting in 1995 and up to now I cannot tell how many productions I have featured in because there are so many.” “I have a Diploma in Theatre Art, acting is my life and I have a passion in acting. I also use arts as a way of expressing myself as I am a shy person. He said artists have the power to change how people see things and how they can relate to each other.
“The arts can do wonderful things; art is all about making people believe in certain issues and can also be used to tackle societal problems,” said Mphepo He added that given opportunity, platform and support, arts can be a formidable force in creating employment in the country.
“Zimbabwe has got a lot of talent and I have a first hand experience through my travels into different schools but at times artists would rather follow other paths when they realise that they are not getting anything in the end,” explained Mphepo. Mphepo who is with Patsime Edutainment Trust is currently working on a number of productions. He scooped an Ecrans Noirs festival award last year.
This is a Pan-African film festival held in Cameroon and Central Africa each year and his accolade was for best male actor in the film, “Dust and Fortunes”, last year. In the Global Academy production he played the character of a disabled young man Michael Marufu, who is passionate about soccer despite his physical stature. Michael has a dream of making it big in soccer so he starts a soccer team with a group of cattle herders and he names it Gomba.
His goal is to have the league champions come and play against his team every week. It is not easy since he faces a number of challenges including negative responses but he soldiers on. The formidable list of crew and cast of the film include names like Dorothy Meck, Tom Brickhill and Stewart Sakarombe with footballer Murape Murape putting in a cameo appearance. It is because of his role in this film that he has been nominated for the National Arts Merit Awards to be held this Saturday at 7 Arts Theatre for Outstanding Actor for the year 2015.
He also won the same award last year for his role in the drama “Decoder” and it is yet to be seen if he is going to walk away with the award again this time.