Zimbabwe has been in lockdown since the end of March, and all schools were closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To support communities during this period, Save the Children introduced the "Education Cannot Wait" Project in Chitungwiza and Epworth towns, where 200 community facilitators including Eugenia were trained and have been conducting door to door home visits in the community.
Elsa’s disability, combined with the pairs status as orphans, make Elvis and Elsa particularly vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19.
When her father passed away in 2018, McClean’s family was forced to move out of their house as they could not afford to pay rent. Since then her mother been struggling to provide for her five children, as well as send them to school. 10 year old McClean lives with her mother and siblings in Seke rural area which lies approximately 40 kilometres east of the capital city, Harare.
Save the Children recently embarked on radio campaign aiming to raise awareness on child online safety. The radio campaign is part of the Spotlight Initiative funded UNICEF project which seek to end online and offline violence against women and girls. The programme is being aired on ZiFM Stereo which is one of the biggest radio stations in Zimbabwe with a wide listenership.
To enhance disaster preparedness and emergency response systems. Save the Children under the Humanitarian Fund Project recently procured a drone and five staff members were trained on Geographic Information System (GIS) and use of drones to advance humanitarian work before, during and after emergencies.
Save the Children has carried out a global study to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted children’s health, nutrition, learning, wellbeing, protection, family finances, and poverty - and to identify the needs of children and their families. The research was implemented in 46 countries with 31,683 parents and caregivers and 13,477 children aged between 11 and 17. This brief summarizes the key findings of the impact of COVID-19 on children in urban areas.