Working With Children in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe continues to face extremely high unemployment rates, with a resulting 72 per cent of the population living in poverty. Families often run out of food between harvests and one-third of children are stunted due to malnutrition.

We distribute food to families, support school feeding programs and train health workers to screen children for malnutrition. We equip farmers to grow drought-tolerant grains and use water-conserving farming methods. A contributing factor to food insecurity is high rates of HIV, with 570,000 children in Zimbabwe having lost one or both parents to the virus. We work with communities to stop the spread of HIV and care for orphaned children.

Your impact in Zimbabwe

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • 3 children survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover
  • 25 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 4,163 children and youth learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 275 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 193 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 2,439 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 54,017 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 435 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 45 people were trained on how to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
  • 750 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 9,851 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 400 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 820 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 2,500 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 34 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 208 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 40 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 1,259 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 13 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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