Zimbabwe

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 2016:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

 
  • Children in Zimbabwe became agents of change with training on child protection. We also equipped child protection committees to handle cases of child abuse and rights violations.
  • 40 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 42 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 297 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
     
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

 
  • We worked with community health workers and faith leaders to sensitize communities on HIV and AIDS prevention, and distributed supplies and equipment to health centers.
  • 2,128 malnourished children in Zimbabwe were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 500 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 166 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
     
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

 
  • We supported the construction of new classrooms, facilitated training for preschool teachers on early childhood development, and distributed teaching aids and books in schools.
  • 10 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 2,745 children and youths are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 48 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
     
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

 
  • We worked with partners to provide training in improved crop production and how to start and run small businesses.
  • 661 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 66 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 7,280 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
     

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