Approximately 1.5 million boys and girls in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe have been affected by the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai. Many rescued children and families have not had access to food and water for days. A drastic spike in malaria cases has been reported. Contaminated water has led to over 1,700 cholera cases. Thousands of people are still missing with fears that many children are left unaccompanied and vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Your donation can provide lifesaving relief and help keep children safe.

Help Save Children in Zimbabwe

Initially one of the most successful democracies in Africa, in 2000 Zimbabwe began a rapid decline toward economic and social meltdown, along with massive food shortages that continue to this day. Zimbabwe’s children have suffered as a result, particularly, orphans, the poor and those affected and infected by HIV and AIDS. In September 2018, widespread cholera outbreaks spread throughout the country. The Ministry of Public Health and Population of reported nearly 5,500 suspected cases, including more than 2,100 children’s cases. 750,000 children and adults are now at risk.

Emergency Alert

Cyclone Idai has caused catastrophic damage in and around the port city of Beira, Mozambique where some 150 square miles are under water. Areas of Zimbabwe and Malawi, also under water, have been devastated as well.

Children and families have lost everything. They are struggling to find clean water to drink, shelter, food and essentials. Hundreds of thousands of girls and boys in all three countries are extremely vulnerable to diseases and malnutrition. Children are at risk of being exploited, especially if they have been separated from their families.

The disaster is one of the worst in southern Africa in decades. Save the Children has a long history of working in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. We are responding to Cyclone Idai with emergency assistance. We need your generous gift to help protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families affected by the storm.

Learn more about Cyclone Idai, including fact, figures and how to help.

The Challenge for Zimbabwe's Children

Often lacking clean water, and surviving on what little food aid they receive, Zimbabwe’s children are desperate for your help.*

  • 15% of girls 15 and older struggle to read and write
  • 25% of school-age children are out of school
  • 56 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 72% of people live in poverty
  • 750,000 people are at risk of contracting cholera
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How You’re Changing Children’s Lives

Thanks to giving people like you, our work for children in Zimbabwe is making a difference.

Save the Children has supported programs in Zimbabwe since 1984. We serve children and families through humanitarian relief and long-term development, working to help communities rebuild their economy and their lives. We also help Zimbabwe’s children access quality healthcare, education, protection and nutrition services so that they can not only survive, but also live to build a better future for themselves and their families. In response to the recent cholera outbreak, Save the Children is implementing WASH —a highly-effective clean water, sanitation and hygiene program — as well as Health and Child Protection activities in the affected areas.

  • Protected 5,472 children from harm
  • Supported 98,148 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 166,780 children with a healthy start in life
  • Gave 175,145 children vital nourishment
  • Supported 50,724 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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