Stories from change-makers in Zimbabwe
“The lockdown has affected me because I am no longer going to school where I was learning how to read and write,” explains Yollanda.
To prevent children from falling too far behind, Plan International and our partners quickly found ways to adapt the program, training community educators to help students with remote learning. During the lockdown, cases of domestic violence have been on the rise, with adolescent girls most vulnerable. In recognition of this, safeguarding is now a critical aspect of the program.
With recent advances in access to mobile learning platforms in Zimbabwe, our community educators are able to steer students toward new online learning opportunities, helping them continue with their studies while they are at home. Yollanda is grateful for the support from the community educators, who also teach the students about COVID-19 awareness and prevention.
The club educates their community through drama, poetry and music. They conduct community outreach activities and promote the use of traditional mosquito repellents that are locally available. The malaria clubs have been so successful that adults in the community have started forming their own groups to support the children’s activities, destroying malaria breeding sites and ensuring the proper use of mosquito nets in homes.
“Being part of this malaria club is a big responsibility,” Candace says. “Malaria is a very serious matter and through sharing information with others, I can help stop the spread of malaria in my community.”
Unfortunately, this is all too common. For many girls in Zimbabwe, the long journey is simply too dangerous. Along the way they endure harassment, and sometimes even assault or rape.
If they don’t want to drop out, another choice is to rent a space closer to school to stay in during the week, known as “bush boarding.” Girls who bush board stay in places like empty storage sheds. Living on their own, they don’t have critical adult supervision.
But now, through Plan International USA’s Graduation Project, girls like Leosa will have a safe place to live and learn. The project is designing and building two girls-only dormitories near local high schools, where girls can stay. These buildings are being designed with significant input from the girls themselves
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the project is also supporting the girls’ families while they’re living at home, providing essential items like emergency kits, soap, sanitary pads, materials to help them continue their education remotely and money for food.
Plan International has been working to improve children’s lives in Zimbabwe since 1986.
Our work in Zimbabwe
Plan Zimbabwe’s country office is located in Harare, with program unit offices in Bulawayo, Chipinge, Chiredzi, Harare, Kwekwe, Mutare, Mutoko, Mwenezi and Tsholotsho.
Education, skills and work, protection and health.
Number of sponsored children
As of June 2022, people like you sponsor 28,985 children in Zimbabwe through Plan International.
Gender equality is a fight we must all take on together. Through sponsorship, you can change lives and create long-term impact in communities.
The full circle of Fate
When you sponsor a child through Plan, you form an incredible friendship.
But that’s just the beginning. With Plan, you also have the unique opportunity to:
Send them birthday gifts and cards.
Give them special holiday presents called Little Treasures.
Subscribe them to Plan’s educational kids’ magazine, Sunny Days.
Arrange a visit (pending any travel restrictions), with individual travel assistance from us.
Each gift offering is safely hand-delivered by us, and given to your child with personalized cards from you. It’s likely that the child you sponsor will have never seen anything like these gifts, and with the exception of Little Treasures they’re available year-round to make the bond between you and your sponsored child even stronger.Meet a child to sponsor