Almost 3 million people in Southeast Africa, including Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, are affected by floods from Cyclone Idai. World Vision staff are rushing to provide shelter, food, and clean water to children and families in need.
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.
- Through a children's rights campaign in Zimbabwe and activities around Day of the African Child, children learned to prevent and report abuse, and how to protect themselves from early marriage. Community members and teachers were also trained on similar topics.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Small groups of caregivers in Zimbabwe were trained through the Positive Deviance Hearth model about good nutrition. This training helped them to identify nutritious food available in their communities. Malnourished children were able to recover through the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition model.
- Health worker trainings in Zimbabwe were facilitated on immunizations, malnutrition, treatment of childhood diseases, and prenatal and postnatal care. Through a collabration with local health officials, community outreach sessions were held to immunize children against preventable diseases.
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.
- More children in Zimbabwe can now attend school after new classrooms were constructed and furnished. Textbooks were also provided, so children no longer have to share books between multiple kids.
- Through a collaboration with teachers, community leaders, and parents, educational awareness campaigns were organized to encourage school attendance. To also help support literacy at home and in the community, community volunteers were trained to support reading activities through village reading clubs.
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
Pray with us for Southern Africa — for malaria prevention in Mozambique and Zambia, people living with HIV and AIDS in Swaziland, and for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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