Around the world, children find joy in many different ways. For some it’s activities, and for others it’s family and friends. We asked kids in areas where World Vision works what they thought joy was, and here’s how they answered.
Why World Vision is in Zimbabwe
In 2020, Zimbabwe suffered from multiple crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, and a major malaria outbreak. As with many other nations, the most vulnerable households felt the pandemic’s impact most severely: Economic hardship and lost jobs caused acute food insecurity and malnutrition, and infrastructure for clean water and sanitation deteriorated. Fears of the virus and restrictions on movement meant many people stopped visiting health clinics, leading to higher malnutrition rates and pregnancy complications. Millions of children’s education was affected, and students had to take exams without the benefit of regular class time, resulting in low pass rates. Gender-based violence increased significantly amid pandemic-related stresses. Thanks to strong partnerships, millions of vulnerable kids and families were supported to weather the year’s challenges. Families affected by natural disasters like cyclones and floods received food, hygiene kits, and child protection services while they were displaced. Health facilities, schools, and communities got access to personal protective equipment, clean water, and sanitation to help protect themselves against COVID-19. People heard messages about the pandemic to combat misinformation and take the right actions to stay healthy.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Prayer Requests from Zimbabwe
World Vision's staff in Zimbabwe are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For teens’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, as suicide is now one of the top five causes of death among teenagers in Zimbabwe.
That institutions like schools, churches, and government departments would be able to offer children and families holistic support, especially regarding teens’ missed opportunities for education.
News from Zimbabwe
Hunger is on the rise in Africa. Learn facts about drought, famine, malnutrition, and hunger in Africa as well as how you can help World Vision respond.
While progress on ending global poverty and boosting development has slowed or stalled because of the pandemic, we still have many reasons to be hopeful. As we see progress in clean water, mother and child health, advocacy work, and more, we can trust that our sovereign God hasn’t stopped working. Read evidences of God’s mercy to His people with these 12 reasons to have hope in 2022.
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