Working With Children in Zimbabwe

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.
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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. 
  • 1 child parliaments is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 1,640 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 236 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 3 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 745 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
  • 1,690 metric tons of food were distributed to children and families affected by hunger
  • 168 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children 
  • 29,216 people benefited from food aid, helping them fight hunger and malnutrition
  • 370 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 89 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
  • 1,265 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 275 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 6,865 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 84 schools were renovated and 22 others received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 936 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
  • 1,058 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 105 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 18 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 4 communities have a disaster risk reduction plan in place to help all be prepared in the case of a natural disaster
  • 63 farmers received inputs like livestock, seeds and tools, to increase their ability to produce more nutritious food and market the excess for a regular income
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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