Huts in a village

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.

See the difference good nutrition and better health makes to children, and how one school is supporting its orphaned students!

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Map of Zaka region in Zimbabwe

15 Villages


Years of drought,  poor farming practices, and economic collapse have caused widespread food shortages and chronic hunger.
Woman in a very productive garden


Training in biointensive farming has provided nutritious food, better health, and farming skills for life to thousands of families across 15 villages.
According to the World Health Organization, poor nutrition is the single greatest threat to world health.
Produce being demonstrated
Nutrition is a key part of our agricultural training. Families are growing and adding new high-nutrient foods to their diets, building health and boosting immunity to disease.
Women and girls in Africa spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water but crops continue to wither and die due to drought.
Two women at a Borehole Pump
We have drilled wells in 11 villages. Gardens are growing year-round, and women and girls have more time for farming, family and school.
Dirty water kills more people every year than all forms of violence including war.
Biosand Water Filter
BioSand filters are providing 30,000 people with clean water and better health.
An indoor cooking fire produces about 400 cigarettes worth of smoke an hour.
Rocket Stove
Outdoor rocket stoves use less wood to produce more heat with less smoke and protect thousands of women and girls from lung, heart, and eye diseases.
Poverty is the reason many children grow up in orphanages or child-headed households.
Family in Zaka, Zimbabwe
We equip families to care for more than 450 orphaned children. We train volunteers from the community and local churches to provide support for orphaned children and their caregivers.