Once one of the most prosperous nations in Africa, Zimbabwe is now among its most desperate.
Zimbabwe battles extreme challenges:
- a devastating AIDS epidemic leaving a generation of orphaned children
- the constant threat of disease from lack of clean water, basic hygiene, and nutritious food
- near-total collapse of the health care system
- a broken economy with unemployment over 90%
- successive droughts
- widespread food shortages and malnutrition
The United Nations consistently ranks Zimbabwe among the lowest of all nations for quality of life.
The Zaka region
Zaka is a hilly rural region of about 200,000 people in southern Zimbabwe. Most people are subsistence farmers, but the area is dry and crop yields are very often poor. There is little economic activity, and it is difficult to see how many people even survive.
Yet things are changing in 15 rural villages in Zaka. Bopoma Villages’ programs are restoring health through clean water, nutritious food and improved hygiene. Every day, more people living in extreme poverty are being equipped to create better lives for themselves, their families and future generations.