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.
Under the "Tomorrow is Brighter" project, 40 groups of youths consisting of 10 members each were trained by specialized trainers and given start up kits to help them start income generating projects varying from garment construction, poultry production, welding, hairdressing and beauty therapy. The initiative aims to reduce illegal and unsafe migration of young people to other countries in search for greener pastures, diversify and enhance income for rural households and mitigate effects of COVID-19 on youth employment.
Save the Children Zimbabwe has a new strategic plan – spanning 2022-2024. We aim to inspire three specific breakthroughs for children: • SURVIVE: No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday • LEARN: All children learn from a quality basic education • BE PROTECTED: Violence against children is no longer tolerated To ensure that all children survive, learn and are protected, we will focus on reaching the most deprived and marginalised children, who are too often excluded due to poverty, geographical location, gender, ethnicity or disability. We will do whatever it takes to ensure we leave no child behind. The Country Strategic Plan 2022-24 booklet highlights how we will achieve this.