Zimbabwean youth have many socio-economic factors that are for the better part not favorable towards the youth. They face challenges in health, economic development, employment and environmental spheres. Currently Zimbabwe has the highest unemployment rate with over 90% of the youth unemployed. The economic situation has gross negative effects on not only the youth but whole families and environment as well.
There has been a continuous rise in the number of homeless, jobless youth who end up as street kids.
These youth have no access to health facilities, basic human needs and the girls are affected the most they are prone to abuse in all forms, no access to basic sanitary products that they need. Drug and alcohol abuse is rampant among the youth as a result of the situation prevailing in the country. The environment has not been spared from these negative adverse effects. The levels of environmental pollution and degradation are at an all time high, evident the change of local weather conditions. Deforestation has reeked havoc on the environment causing a perceivable rise in temperature, failing crop yields, low air and water quality. Waste is dumped everywhere in trenches, ditches. Land fills are now a common sight.
This environmental effect also has given rise to diseases that were before not common, raw sewage, contaminated water sources has given rise to typhoid, cholera, malaria. Proper waste management is now not available. Clean water is not easily accessible and some areas are even dry with no running tape water.
As AYPAD team in Zimbabwe we are planning projects that will help the orphans, street kids especially girl child who is more vulnerable, projects to rehabilitate the environment, also waste management projects and help make clean water accessible to the general populous. Our other goal is to help the youth be able to take better care of themselves by helping them be more self-reliant, improve on their talents and in turn the youth help others be self reliant. AYPAD Zimbabwe seeks improve the well being of the youth and help move Africa towards a brighter future.