Limpopo 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.


To support income generating activities, we trained the leaders of 68 community based organizations on development skills, planning, and program management. We installed a solar-powered drip irrigation system that allows farmers to grow better fruits and vegetables year-round and provide more food for their families. To increase crop production, World Vision trained community farmers to incorporate citrus trees into their current farming strategies. 1,947 farmers participated in trainings on animal husbandry and land management to improve food security for their families. World Vision trained 29 teachers to lead a program called Youth Education through Sports. Through this program, children attended sports activities where they were taught important life skills, including how to prevent HIV and AIDS. 150 village health workers were trained on infant and young child feeding practices like breastfeeding, and they reached out to mothers in the community with this information. 150 village health workers attended our refresher course on malaria prevention and treatment. In addition, we partnered with a local organization to provide mosquito nets to families. 102 new latrines were built after we purchased building materials and trained community members on their construction. 78 teachers and headmasters from schools in the community were trained on basic computer skills in order to increase computer literacy. We also installed computer labs at two schools. Students in four primary school classrooms benefited from a better learning environment when their schools received 180 new desks and chairs. We opened a new secondary school making it easier for 183 students to continue their education past 7th grade because they no longer have to walk over nine miles to reach the nearest school. School buildings prone to damage in windstorms are now protected by the 180 trees we provided to serve as a wind block. School children planted the trees near the school as a service project. 1,700 children participated in national events such as the Day of the African Child and World AIDS Day to learn about their rights and about taking care of themselves. We partnered with other organizations to help children attend these activities. 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



  • Zimbabwe>Matabeleland South


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health

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