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The Need

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting and bungee-jumping. Downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks, home to hippos, rhinos and birdlife.

Zimbabwe At A Glance

Climate Sub-Tropical

Current Temp: 79°

Population

14,546,314

Religion

76.8% christian

Language

English, Shona, Ndebele

Region

Southern Africa

Zimbabwe Information

Weather

The cool, dry winter months of May - August have high temperatures around 80°. The rest of the year, high temperatures range from the high 80’s to mid-90’s. The hot, humid rainy season lasts from mid-November to mid-March.

Poverty

72.3% below national poverty line, 21.4% below $1.90/day

Unemployment

4.8% of total labor force

Human Development Index:
Compares health/life expectancy, education and per capita income to measure a country’s average achievement in terms of human development.

150

Undernourished/Food Insecurity

51.3% undernourished

Currency

$1USD = 361.9 Zimbabwean Dollars (ZWD)

Demographics

Zimbabwe has become a country of emigration, with large numbers of the population leaving for other southern African countries, the UK and the US. 99% of the population is African (primarily Shona with Ndebele as the 2nd largest ethnic group). Shona and Ndebele are also the two most widely spoken official languages.

Economy

The primary source of income for Zimbabwe is in mining and agriculture. However, a lack of any significant infrastructure and/or regulations hinder the nation’s economic performance.