Zimbabwe

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.

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Progress in Zimbabwe

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

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

  • More children now have access to key government services, including the ability to enroll in school, after parents and caregivers obtained birth certificates for their kids.
  • Children and youth learned about their rights, how to protect themselves from abuse and violence, and how to advocate for themselves on important issues in their lives.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Young children have better healthcare access after newly constructed health facilities provide care for pregnant women, moms, and kids. Mothers and caregivers also learned how to care for and feed their babies, including the importance of breastfeeding and balanced diets.
  • Around 4,500 children have better access to clean drinking water after new boreholes were drilled and others were renovated. Also, new latrines were built at schools to help keep children healthy.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Children can learn in better environments after new classrooms were built and schools received new resources, including books, furniture, and school supplies.

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.

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  • 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.

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News from Zimbabwe

From the Field

11 reasons to have hope in 2021

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 11 reasons to have hope in 2021.

From the Field

2019 Cyclone Idai: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

Catastrophic flooding from Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth affected close to 2.2 million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Idai and Kenneth were two of the top five worst storms to ever hit Mozambique. Together, they’ve caused an unprecedented amount of damage. World Vision staff are providing shelter, food, and clean water to families in need.