World Vision Zimbabwe

Our Work

World Vision Zimbabwe (WVZ) began operations in 1973, working from the bordering countries to provide life-saving support to refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during the Liberation Struggle. 

After Independence, programming shifted towards work in institutions such as Mathew Rusike, Chinyaradzo Children’s home, Copota School of the blind and Manhinga villages for the orphans among others that were taking care of orphaned children. Propelled by these preceding experiences the organisation switched to long-term development programming.  

The mid 80’s saw WV adopting a long-term programming model frequently referred to as Community Development Projects (CDPs). These were clustered village development projects often characterised by some funding from Support Offices (SOs) that covered small community projects. Operations were largely centralized, with WV support staff based in Harare and Bulawayo. These CDPs generated valuable experiences that WV rode on for future programmes.

The early 90s saw WVZ moving to the large scale development programmes commonly known as Area Development Programmes (ADPs). These are a cluster of the administrative wards (combined villages of up to 6), that work with WV. These ADPs re supported over a longer period of up to ten years or more and covering a larger area than the CDPs. These are supported with fairly larger resources than in the CDP scenario and staff are based in communities to give maximum support. Since the adoption of the ADPs the following older clusters have since transitioned Sengwe ADP (Chiredzi District), Chihoko (Mt. Darwin District), Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe (UMP District) and Inkosikazi ADP (Bubi District).

With the political and economic crisis of 1999-2009, interventions increased significantly to meet the growing humanitarian needs, peaking with the cholera outbreak and food security crisis of 2008-09, during which time WVZ had as many as 1,900 staff serving 3 million Zimbabweans with food rations, Water & Sanitation services, health care provision, educational and micro-finance support, with a total program value exceeding US$100m. 

 Current Context

WVZ currently has 29 Area Development Programs (ADPs) with 80,659 Registered Children, of which over 70,000 are currently sponsored by individuals from eight countries – the United States of America (USA), Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Hong Kong.

WVZ manages between 20-30 grants in any given month, with primary donors that include DFID, USAID, UN Agencies, DFAT, EU and 9 Support Offices including Switzerland.  For FY15, the total secured cash funding is $41,300,000 and value of Gifts-in-Kind (GIK) will be over $8.7 million (including $3 million from World Bicycle Relief), and a five-year ENSURE (Enhancing Nutrition, Stepping up Resiliency and Enterprise) Project Funded by USAID covering Buhera, Chipinge and Chimanimani Districts of Manicaland Province to the tune of USD$ 59 million over five years.

World Vision is also implementing an EC Fisheries Project being undertaken in Masvingo, Matabeleland South, Mashonaland West and Matabeleland North.

Other projects include the Matabeleland South Integrated Health and Livelihoods programme, Civil Society Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Fund (Gwanda, Bulawayo) and the Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Gender Equity Scale up Project (Buhera, Bulawayo & Mangwe)

WVZ operations are spread across 9 out of the 10 provinces of the country, with a majority of its 1.75 million clients in rural areas, with programming focused on the child well-being of boys and girls




1975-1980                               Gary Strong

1980-1981                               Dan Brewster

1981-1988                               Max Chigwida

1988-1992                               Backson Sibanda

1993-1993                               Ephraim Dhlembeu (Acting)

1993-1994                               David Samudzimu

1994-1998                               Rev. Max Chigwida

1999-2004                               Rudo Kwaramba

2004-2008                               Leslie Scott

2008-2010                               Ellen Tagwireyi/Bwalya Melu/Daniel Muchena (Acting)

2010                                        Edward G. Brown



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