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Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 12,523,000 (2009)
National language: English, Shona, Sindebele
Per capita income: US$ 340/year (2008)
Life expectancy: 46 (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
82% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
44% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 90/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa. Roughly the size of Montana, Zimbabwe is to the south of Zambia and north of South Africa. A government-led initiative to redistribute land beginning in 1999 was an economic and human rights disaster, resulting in widespread famine and political unrest.

Nearly two-thirds of Zimbabwe's population relies on farming for sustenance and household income. Most farmers do not own their own land. The most important crops are corn, cotton, tobacco and wheat. The mining industry takes advantage of several large mineral deposits to bring some money into the country.

Plan's programs in Zimbabwe directly benefit over 50,000 children and families and indirectly  benefit another 250,000 children and families, focusing on food security and poverty alleviation, education, health and promoting the rights of children. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.