GOAL has been supporting vulnerable populations in Zimbabwe since 2002, when it first responded to the country’s food security crisis. Today GOAL operates in Harare Urban Region and in seven districts in Manicaland Province: Chipinge, Chimanimani, Mutare, Nyanga, Buhera, Makoni and Mutasa, as well as the Tongogara Refugee Camp. Programming is designed to build resilience and sustainable livelihoods by improving health, WASH and nutrition systems, supporting refugees and strengthening the value chains to needed to foster long-term financial security.
What we do in Zimbabwe
Responding to emergencies since 2002
GOAL has more than 15 years’ experience in Zimbabwe. This means we can react to emergency situations quickly and effectively. In 2019, GOAL responded rapidly to the catastrophic Cyclone Idai. GOAL acted immediately, providing support to the Civil Protection Unit which was formed in response to the cyclone. Between March and May 2019, GOAL reached over 8,200 households in Chipinge, Chimanimani and Buhera districts. We provided an estimated 41,000 people with shelter and non-food items and another 40,000 people with nutritional rations.
In addition, in Chipinge district alone, GOAL reached 20,000 households per month from May-August with cash support for food, and nutritional rations for children under 5 years. Given the worsening food security situation, GOAL is continuing to provide food support to thousands of families every month in Chipinge, Mutare and Harare districts.
GOAL continues to support communities affected by Cyclone Idai. GOAL are responding to the food security situation in 3 districts through transfers of food, cash and livelihoods support.
Promoting long-term health and wellbeing
GOAL has worked to address WASH services and infrastructure in Zimbabwe since 2010. This includes the construction of latrines, drilling/reconstruction of boreholes and other projects that improve water access for domestic, livestock and irrigation purposes. This is complemented by disease prevention work which includes Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programmes, awareness and best practice training for individual households, schools and health centres.
In addition to screening children for malnutrition, GOAL is also working to sustainably treat malnutrition in Zimbabwe. We use GOAL’s Nutrition Impact Positive Practice (NIPP) approach to address key risk factors and promote positive behaviour change – with our current programme working to improve the nutritional status of 1,500 households.
Combatting malnutrition and food insecurity
Malnutrition and food insecurity is a serious concern in Zimbabwe. Closely linked to GOAL’s work in Resilient Health and Sustainable Livelihoods, our team works with vulnerable communities to address the root causes of malnutrition, increase access to nutritional food sources and build household capacity to sustainably support themselves. We use GOAL’s innovative Nutrition Impact Positive Practice (NIPP) Approach to address high levels of malnutrition and its related complications. This community-led, social behaviour change approach helps to sustainably treat and prevent malnutrition and stunting by addressing its underlying behavioural causes.
We also work to localise agricultural solutions by training farmers in best agricultural practices and climate smart agricultural techniques to aid agricultural development
From food security to sustainable livelihoods
GOAL works closely with local communities to address blockages in crop and livestock value chains and take advantage of new climate-smart technology. Designed to increase agricultural quality and outputs, GOAL also helps new business owners (especially women and young people) to build key skills in business, financial management and governance. We then connect entrepreneurs to private sector organisations that can help raise earning potential. Village Savings & Loan Associations (VSLAs) provide a robust forum for saving, growth and expansion.
GOAL is also proud to facilitate Sustainable Livelihoods activity at the Tongogara Refugee Camp - where we supported nearly 1,200 farmers with interventions including piggery, poultry, rabbitry, community gardens and sorghum production.
GOAL's COVID-19 response in Zimbabwe
In Zimbabwe, GOAL has used national radio stations to provide health and awareness information to over 4.5 million people across the country. GOAL has also reached more than 610,000 people with key COVID-19 messaging using mobile road units in Harare, Chipinge, Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Mutare. In addition, GOAL has reached over 100,000 people with a local awareness poster campaign.
- Rapid response to Cyclone Idai, reaching 8,200 households in 2 months and providing an estimated 41,000 people with shelter and non-food items. An additional 40,000 people benefitted from the supply of nutritional supplements.
- Reached more than 323,000 people (60% women) with nutrition, livelihoods and WASH initiatives in 2018.
- Increased access to clean water for over 120,000 people through borehole drilling and water point rehabilitation.
- Helped 500 households successfully establish businesses in the poultry, livestock and crop value chains.
- Worked with over 150 Village Savings and Loan Associations in 2018.