RelZim.org articles about social ministry in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s religious communities founded many of the social and health-care centers in the country and continue to play an active role in these areas:
- Children’s Programs (including orphanages and day-care centers)
- Healthcare Programs (including hospitals, HIV-AIDS)
- Special Ministries (including refugees, disabled)
- Community Development Projects
- Peace and Justice issues
There are also Pastoral Centers and Missions which combine many of the categories above. For example, the Pastoral Care and Counseling Service Center in Mutare. This city also hosts one centre of the Bishop Abel Tendekai Muzorewa Evangelism Foundation. The other centre of this Methodist foundation is in the USA.
According to their website, the mission of El Shaddai Ministries International (EMI) is counselling and teaching family members individually (husband, wife and children), or corporately by trainig them in different spheres of life. EMI is supporting the ministry of the church of Jesus Christ through social, spiritual, physical and economic empowerment, that the family may be fully-equipped for all good work. This empowerment includes poverty alleviation through self-help projects like sewing, jam-making, candle-making, insecticide-making. EMI organizes HIV/AIDS awareness sessions and prayers for healing.
International Christian organizations that provide help in many categories include:
Anglican Relief & Development in Zimbabwe (ARDeZ) carries out advisory and coordination activities as the development and relief arm of the Anglican Council of Zimbabwe (ACZ).
CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. For over 30 years CAFOD has supported programmes in Zimbabwe, predominantly through the Catholic Church working in partnership with Diocesan Caritas branches, Justice and Peace Commissions and other bodies incorporated in the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference.
Caritas Zimbabwe, the relief and development agency of the Zimbabwean Catholic Bishops with programs in Public health, Education & Training Program, Water & Sanitation Program, HIV/AIDS, Food Security
Catholic Relief Services-Zimbabwe, the relief and development agency of the US Catholic Bishops.
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that tackles the effects of poverty as well as its root causes around the world.
Swedish Diakonia promotes peace and security, human rights, democracy and gender equality in Zimbabwe.
Hands of Mercy was formed in 2000 to link the helpless with the people in need to help. It was a self-funded organisation with a vision from God. Vineyard Church in Harare is the Biblical umbrella of this project.
World Vision International (Zimbabwe) is part of an international Christian organisation that works with and for the poor and oppressed through Transformational development, Emergency Relief, Promotion of Justice, Strategic Initiatives, Public Awareness, Witness to Jesus Christ.
The Lutheran Development Service Zimbabwe
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
The ROKPA Trust of Zimbabwe is a charitable trust run according to the Buddhist principles of compassion and respect for all beings. It is an affiliate of a worldwide charity founded in 1980 by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan Doctor and Teacher, Lea Wyler and her father Veit Wyler, a Swiss lawyer. ROKPA’s charity work covers a wide range of support in the high density areas of Harare .
The Christian Community Partnership Trust (CCPT) is a Christian funding organisation founded in December 2005 by Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa to support evangelism and discipleship efforts by church and church organisations working in the least evangelised rural areas of Zimbabwe.
The Nyadire Connection (TNC), based in Pittsburgh, Pennylvania, is afaith-based, non-profit organization that seeks to support and sustain the Nyadire United Methodist Mission in northeastern Zimbabwe, Africa. Nyadire Mission offers a hospital, primary and secondary schools, an orphanage and many other services to the community.