Bantwana Zimbabwe (BZ), an independently registered local affiliate of WEI/Bantwana in Zimbabwe, leads and partners with local, regional and international organizations to implement donor-funded programs to advance health, education, economic, and social protection outcomes for vulnerable children, adolescents, and their caregivers.
In Zimbabwe, we have helped vulnerable children, young people, and families access essential health, education, economic strengthening, and social services. Our innovative models of care build on existing community structures and address the comprehensive needs of children and adolescents, especially those living with or vulnerable to HIV, disabilities, or violence. We have worked closely with the Government of Zimbabwe to develop and implement an integrated HIV-sensitive national case management system that has become a model for the southern Africa region, and continue to strengthen linkages and referral systems between community and government health and social service providers. This includes training frontline community cadres to support and link vulnerable families to health and HIV, education, protection, and livelihoods services.
In addition to reaching orphans and vulnerable children through integrated case management, our programming in Zimbabwe includes: innovative youth work readiness and economic strengthening programs; comprehensive gender-based violence prevention and response services; national-level advocacy with the government and the private sector to mobilize resources for marginalized children’s access to education; and mitigating the impacts of disasters like Cyclone Idai and COVID-19 on the most vulnerable households, including elevated economic insecurity and violence.