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Why World Vision is in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe made international headlines in 2017 because of President Mugabe’s unwillingness to step down after a 37-year reign. The country is still dealing with the results of this political instability. Good rainfall made for a year of ample harvests, but fluctuating climate changes still threaten long-term food security. Farmers need better tools and trainings to make them more resilient to climate-based disasters. This year, floods in the southern part of the country left thousands of people homeless and destitute. Your support helped us respond quickly with food and necessities like tents and sanitation stations. We’re increasing farmers’ adaptability by giving them new solar-powered irrigation methods. Families are changing their communities with better healthcare knowledge from our programs. Savings and loan groups are giving economic empowerment to hundreds of families. Building on last year’s advocacy work to end child marriage, we’re helping thousands of girls go to school to transform their futures. We’re also improving the well-being of thousands of children through better sanitation, water, education, and protection. Our work and your support are equipping children, households, and communities for flourishing lives.
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.
- World Vision helped parents to obtain birth certificates for their children and trained parents on the importance of being legally recognized. Now that children have birth certificates, they can enroll in school more easily access public services.
- Youth and their parents learned about child rights and how to identify and report child abuse.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Girls and boys in remote areas have better health services. Some 700 children were immunized by medical outreach initiatives.
- Boys and girls are safer from infections and diseases. Children have improved access to clean water through the rehabilitation of boreholes. Likewise, children are safer and healthier after latrines were built to improve sanitation conditions and prevent disease.
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 are learning better after they received new school supplies and infrastructure. With enough desks for everyone, textbooks and new equipment, students are enjoying better learning environments.
Prayer Requests from Zimbabwe
World Vision's staff in Zimbabwe are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
More children will be able to acquire birth certificates and authorities will prioritize registering children so they can access their rights.
Our economic situation to improve so communities can have restored dignity and fullness of life.
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.
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.
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