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Africare began operations in Zimbabwe in 1981, one year after Zimbabwe’s independence, making it one of the most experienced non-governmental organizations in the country.
Since that time, Africare/Zimbabwe has invested more than $30,000,000 through projects in…
• Agriculture & Food Security
• Enterprise Development
• Health, HIV & AIDS
• Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
• Women’s Empowerment
…reaching an estimated 1,100,000 beneficiaries.
Success in Zimbabwe
In 2010, Africare won InterAction’s Best Practice Award for Access to Markets, Nutrition and Value Chain Development for the Zimbabwe Soybean Market Linkage Project, which enabled 5,000 households to embark on soybean production, a process previously considered too complex for smallholder farmers. Due to the training provided and negotiations with commercial soybean producers, the beneficiary farmers are currently contracted by the soybean processing company IETC (Private) Limited. The project also led to the establishment of three small-scale oil processing plants and a Vita Cow, which is a soymilk producing machine. The processing plants were bought by farmer co-operatives, and they are still operational five years after the project ended.
Africare’s “Man Enough to Care” concept broke new ground in the response to HIV & AIDS. Prior to this, the burden of caring and supporting those affected by HIV & AIDS had largely fallen on the shoulders of women and girls, but Africare promoted the involvement of men in this traditionally patriarchal society, challenging men to take pride in their role in HIV & AIDS prevention, care and support.