Gokwe Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


104 community members received mango and mulberry trees, as well as tomato, onion, cabbage, and carrot seeds to grow nutritious foods for their children. To protect livestock from disease, we constructed a "dip tank" that allows cattle to be cleaned on a regular basis, preventing tick-born diseases. This intervention improves the health of cattle, allowing farmers to sell them for a higher profit at market and increase their family income. 50 farmers received two goats each to provide milk for their families and extra income from selling milk. Farmers attended agricultural training programs focused on increasing crop yields and improving food security for their families. Farmers were also provided with drought resistant seeds. 27 church leaders attended workshops on malnutrition and HIV prevention and care in order to spread health information to their faith communities. To improve access to clean water and sanitation, we partnered with the government to construct 100 latrines and train 15 community volunteers as latrine builders. 1,500 households gained access to clean water when World Vision repaired 25 borehole wells. 44 members of school management committees were trained in planning and monitoring the quality of education to ensure that educational programs are sustainable. We conducted four educational awareness campaigns, encouraging community members to send their disabled children to school and fulfill their right to an education. Primary school students are benefiting from a better learning environment in a new, fully furnished classroom. Community leaders took part in a series of meetings that equipped them to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Protection|Disability|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|


  • Zimbabwe>Midlands


  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health

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