Thandolwayo (9) washes her face from the new water pipe. In June 2017, Caritas Hwange, a Caritas Australia partner, installed a solar powered piped water system in Msuna Hills bringing fresh clean drinking water to the population for the first time. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.


With your generous support, in Zimbabwe we help communities to improve water and sanitation, food security, health and education, and also raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Our work in Zimbabwe

Extreme poverty has risen sharply in recent years in Zimbabwe, due to economic and political instability. Chronic malnutrition caused by drought and widespread food shortages, a failing health system and high rates of HIV infection mean that the average life expectancy in Zimbabwe is around 60 years. We are working on programs aimed at improving the health and livelihoods (source...World Bank).


Working with local communities in Zimbabwe since 2005


We support six programs through five local partners in Zimbabwe


Sustainable livelihoods, protection, food and water security and health

Program snapshot

Putting Children First Program: Phase IV

Photo: Ivy Khoury/Caritas Australia.

Running since: 2016

Partner Agencies: CAFOD, Mashambanzou Care, St Albert’s Mission and Mavambo Trust

Aims: To improve the protection of the most vulnerable children and people within communities in Zimbabwe

Who it is for: Children, women, the elderly, widows, people with disabilities and HIV and AIDS


  • Around 5,000 men and women have taken part in community awareness-raising sessions on gender-based violence
  • Participants have learnt to navigate the legal system and have more confidence in case handling
  • Through four sports gala days, the program has reached over 5,000 people with child protection information

Fact: The program aims to directly impact 18,000 people

More background

Once known as the ‘breadbasket of Africa’, Zimbabwe now struggles with hyperinflation and political instability. Extreme poverty is estimated to have risen from 29% in 2018 to 34% in 2019, an increase from 4.7 to 5.7 million people.

Drought affects millions of Zimbabweans every year, limiting food availability. Drought and reduced rainfall also affect the quality and availability of water. 

Poverty has increased due to drought, exacerbated by the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, (GFC) affecting nearly eight million people in Zimbabwe. Inflation skyrocketed to around 300% in 2019.

Health care: Lack of access to sanitation facilities causes many preventable health issues. Zimbabwe also has a high maternal mortality and HIV and AIDS rates. Women and children living with food insecurity are at great risk of becoming malnourished (sources...World Bank, UNOCHA, IMF).

You can help

With your generous support, we help communities in Zimbabwe to improve food security and increase access to water and sanitation. We also work to protect children, improve access to health and education and raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.

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