Five years after AFSC began working with partner organizations to provide emergency shelter to displaced people in Zimbabwe, we take a look back at how the program has evolved to the point where participants have been able to build permanent residential shelters, pay school fees, and purchase food for their families. 

Watch: Regional Director Dereje Wordofa
on trainings in Hatcliffe Extension.
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Displaced

2008

Zimbabwe government demolishes houses that don’t meet certain standards. Nearly 700,000 (UNHABITAT estimate) people are displaced.

The same year, AFSC launches livelihoods project in Hatcliffe Extension, a shantytown on the outskirts of Harare, initially with emergency relief support.

Community members are trained in clusters so they can support one another in learning new skills and launching small businesses.

Watch: Program Development Officer
Nthabiseng Nkomo on the community
building a workspace.
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A place to go to work

2011

Residents begin dreaming of a new factory shell to house workspaces and shops.

 

Reaching more people

2012

Livelihoods skills training begins on Hopley Farm, another settlement where AFSC was able to expand the program.

Dream becomes reality

2013

AFSC donors contribute needed funds. Work on factory shell begins.