Having spent time in Sanyati over the last few years including a 2 month fact finding trip (Sept – Nov 2015), it became evident that there are genuine areas of need. We spent time in the community finding out in more detail, what these needs are and how best we could work with the community and help. Those most disadvantaged are orphans (HIV/AIDS) & other vulnerable children, the elderly, widows and those living with disabilities.
Many in the community want to be self sufficient and self reliant but do not have the means to do so. Our ‘Sanyati’ community project is designed to help the community to achieve this.
Sanyati is located in Kadoma District, in Mashonaland West Province, in northern central Zimbabwe. The area has more than a thousand families.
Sanyati is a rural resettlement area, one of the first resettlement schemes to be established after independence. The area is arid and drought resistant crops such as cotton provide an important source of income in an area that otherwise experiences very high level of poverty.
Zimbabwe (formerly known as Southern Rhodesia) is a landlocked country located in southern Africa which gained independence from the British in 1980. The economy of Zimbabwe shrunk significantly after 2000, resulting in a desperate situation for the country. Despite dramatic improvement, there is however still widespread poverty and a reported 95% unemployment rate. Over 1.2 million children have been orphaned, the majority by HIV/Aids and life expectancy in the country is around 57 years.