Working With Children in Zimbabwe

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.

Cyclone Idai causes loss of life and widespread destruction across Zimbabwe

On March 14th, Cyclone Idai devastated two regions in Zimbabwe when it made landfall in neighbouring Mozambique. Flooding in the country has caused loss of life and displacement. At last report, 334 people are confirmed dead, with 200 injured and 257 missing. Infrastructure, including roads, schools, and clinics have been severely damaged. The well-being of approximately 129,000 children in Zimbabwe is at stake.
Donate now  to help vulnerable children and their families affected by this crisis with life-saving essentials like food, hygiene kits and more. Your gift will also help establish safe spaces for children to meet their physical and emotional needs during this crisis.
While no Canadian sponsor-supported communities in Zimbabwe have been directly affected, World Vision is on the ground providing immediate assistance, distributing food and hygiene kits to those in need. Specifically, these have to date included, but are not limited to, providing just over 1,000 households with food packages, kitchen kits, shelter equipment and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) equipment.
Disasters of this magnitude are especially frightening and traumatic for children. World Vision is working to protect both their physical and psychosocial needs, and child-friendly spaces have been provided in the area of Chimanimani with other areas to follow.
Children are currently at-risk of hunger, injury and death from the devastating floods. We are working with local communities to provide supplies to those impacted. We are also leveraging partnerships with various UN agencies, communities, donors and faith- and community-based organizations to respond to the crisis.
For more information, please call us at 1-800-654-2650.

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. 

  • 55 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 38 child well being activities conducted including health and nutrition, hygiene, livlihood, education, child rights and protection awareness
  • 550 adults participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 9 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance children's rights and create positive changes for children
  • 98 faith and community leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 17,538 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 4 plans of action were developed to enhance community development and child well being
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 52,720 people including children benefited from food aid
  • 2,604 metric tons of food were distributed to children and families affected by hunger
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 651 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 240 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of raising their children with love and tenderness
  • 1,320 bicycles were shipped to help children get to school
  • 50,000 school supplies were shipped to support children's education
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 24 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 4 savings groups are helping young people and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 3 farmers groups are in place helping people improve crop and livestock production
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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