Having grown up on a family farm in Iowa, our expert Dan Norell reflects on his work today supporting rural farmers in Zimbabwe for National Farmer’s Day.
Why World Vision is in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe continues to face high unemployment, with 72 percent of the population living in poverty. Families often run out of food between harvests; one-third of children are suffering from stunted growth due to malnutrition. In 2015, severe drought caused by El Niño killed crops and cattle, leaving three million people in need of food. World Vision distributed food to families, supported school feeding programs, and trained health workers to screen children for malnutrition. To build long-term resilience, we are equipping farmers to grow drought-tolerant grains, installing irrigation systems, and promoting farming methods that conserve water. High rates of HIV infection have also contributed to food insecurity. 570,000 children have lost one or both parents to the virus. We are working with communities to stop the spread of HIV, care for orphaned children, and help people living with HIV or AIDS provide for their families.
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.
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.
- In order to increase food security and economic resilience, we collaborated with partners to provide trainings on agricultural techniques for improving crop production and empowered communities to start up livelihood projects and saving groups.
- Children are becoming agents of change in their communities, thanks to advocacy events we offered on child protection. We also equipped local child protection committees to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- We worked with Congregational Hope Action Teams, village health workers, and faith leaders in order to educate communities on HIV and AIDS prevention, support national vaccination programs, and distribute supplies and equipment to health centers. Congregational Hope Action Teams are members of churches who receive biblically-based training to address social issues in their community.
- To improve water, sanitation, and hygiene, we partnered with local organizations to drill borehole wells, construct latrines, and organize workshops on handwashing, personal hygiene, and waste management.
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.
- We worked with school development committees and the Ministry of Education to raise public awareness about the importance of children’s education.
- To improve the quality of 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.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God's unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus.
Prayer Requests from Zimbabwe
World Vision's staff in Zimbabwe are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Wisdom to prevail and political parties to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner during the upcoming election.
An end to the exploitation of children.
News from Zimbabwe
After losing a child, and even after childbirth, mothers need time to heal. In Zimbabwe, they don’t always get that time, which endangers their health and the health of their families. Blogger Diana Stone writes about her recent trip to visit mothers and children in Zimbabwe and to see how World Vision is working to keep them healthy!
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