In 2006, ICRI was invited to provide consulting and training to several Zimbabwean NGOs. This led to a request from local government authorities to establish a more permanent presence in the country. In 2007, ICRI Zimbabwe was formed. ICRI maintains a headquarters office in Harare, as well as a field office in the community of Buhera.
Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Intervention Project
1.6 million of the world’s 14 million HIV/AIDS orphans reside in Zimbabwe. There is a need for care, support, and advocacy on behalf of Zimbabwe’s orphaned and vulnerable children. We work to start or improve programs that address the basic needs of orphaned and vulnerable children, including education, health care, shelter, and psycho-social support. Past work includes:
building or developing schools and community centers
training teachers and other professionals working with young children
providing educational materials and financial support to programs serving orphaned children
triaging children’s healthcare needs through linkages to community-based clinics
Our model program in Marondara is a leader in the transformation of education for young children, the integration of good health programs and health monitoring, the provision of healthy and nutritious foods, and the support of AIDS orphans.
Support for Women and Girls
CRIZ provides intensive support services to orphaned and vulnerable young women and girls, with a particular focus on two particularly underserved populations in Zimbabwe: young women who have endured sexual assault, abuse, and/or are HIV-positive. We run accessible drop-in centers where young women can find a safe space and connect to support services including individual and group counseling; educational assistance such as tutoring and scholarships; economic alternatives such as vocational skills building, small business training, and seed grants; and peer-based health education and empowerment. Our goal is to advance the safety, stability, and self-sufficiency of young women and girls in Zimbabwe.
CRIZ provides nationwide support to community-based organizations serving Zimbabwean children and families. We provide training, capacity building, advocacy, infrastructure development, seed grants, and intensive organizational mentoring. Our goal is to strengthen individual grassroots organizations, and to connect grassroots efforts into a coordinated and effective national movement advocating for Zimbabwe’s most vulnerable citizens.
Sustainable Families Project
CRIZ believes that the best way to help lift families out of extreme poverty is to equip them with the skills and resources they need to help themselves. We provide training and assistance so they can earn an income through raising livestock or growing crops, operating mini-bus services, or opening small businesses.
- The Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Intervention Project has provided early childhood education training and materials to 17 programs, serving a combined total of 2,100 children.
- Support for Women and Girls has provided intensive advocacy and support to 40 young women, and training on the rights and needs of young women to 300 community members.
- The Grassroots Advocacy Project has provided capacity building, training, and organizational mentoring to 23 grassroots organizations serving children and families.