Over 70% of Zimbabwe’s population lives in poverty. Additionally, with a rate of about 18%,  HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country is amongst the highest worldwide.


Zimbabwe is plagued by high rates of poverty, poor nutrition and major health challenges such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. Food shortages, high food prices, a decline in social services and an economy that is still recovering from inflation have left many Zimbabweans vulnerable.

Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the Anglican Diocese of Matabeleland on sustainable agriculture projects in areas where cyclical drought has stunted local food production and caused a migration of people leaving their communities to find work. Working with caregivers of vulnerable children, the program assists with seeds, land preparation and water management to enable households to grow a variety of nutritious food. In some areas, clusters of households organize themselves to grow vegetables on a rotating basis to ensure year-round availability. Farmers visit each other’s fields to learn successful strategies for planting and caring for crops. Extra produce is sold at local markets, providing a source of income. A community revolving assets fund and savings with education groups, which give communities the opportunity to save money and fund small businesses,  are being established beginning in 2018. The program will begin with five savings groups and aims to progress towards a total of 75 by the year 2020. The creation of seed banks and agro-forestry nurseries, along with training in climate-smart farming methods and pest management, further supports improved harvests.

Episcopal Relief & Development is also supporting Anglican Relief and Development in Zimbabwe (ARDeZ), which works with all five of the country’s dioceses to help the population regain their agricultural, health and economic footing following years of political oppression, economic collapse and prolonged and repeated periods of drought.


Our work with Children supports and protects kids under six so they reach appropriate health and developmental milestones. This focus on early development is foundational and critical to helping children achieve their full potential as future contributing members of their communities.


Our Climate-related work focuses on how families and communities can work together to adapt to the effects of rapidly changing weather patterns. This work includes preparing for and recovering from climate-influenced events such as floods, hurricanes and other disasters.


We strive to facilitate healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Through our Asset-Based Community Development approach, we recognize existing gifts and resources in communities to create change from within. Our international partnerships allow us to work with people around the world to deliver life-improving results that can be sustained by the communities themselves.

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Fast Facts

Agriculture employs over 65% of Zimbabwean workers, but more than 70% of people live in poverty.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Zimbabwe lost many highly educated and skilled people to emigration due to political and economic instability.
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