Our organization is motivated by is motivated by the risk to serious
injury and death posed by landmines.
The Zimbabwe Landmines HIV/AIDS Empowerment Trust was formed in 2013 by a group of Zimbabwean professionals with the objective of promoting and delivering initiatives that uplift the dignity of people who are affected by landmines in Zimbabwe. The organization’s projects fall under the Zimbabwe Anti-Landmines Program (ZAPRO).
Landmines instil fear, maim and kill people, livestock and game; they are blocking farming land, pastures, water sources, bridges and roads in Mukumbura, Nyamapanda, Rusitu, Stapleford, Sengwe and Gonarezhou border areas.
Landmines endanger an approximated 800,000 people living in Zimbabwe’s
North Eastern, Eastern and South Eastern border regions.
The Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre estimates that the country still has an approximate 1,7 million landmines in its North Eastern, Eastern and South Eastern border regions.
Since 1980, less than 20% of Zimbabwe’s minefields have been cleared. Currently, the Zimbabwe National Army Engineers squadron is clearing landmines in the South-Eastern border minefields. HALO Trust is clearing the North-Eastern minefield while Norwegian People’s Aid is clearing the Eastern border. In all instances, the clearance is slow and expensive. The country needs an estimated USD100 million to remove the landmines in its border regions.
women and girls in Mukumbura cross minefields to fetch
water, firewood and relish for their families.
Women in Zimbabwe’s landmine impacted regions are facing dangers when gathering fuel or water while men may be in greater danger on public roads, given their greater mobility relative to women.
The loss of a limb can affect women and men differently. Being an amputee can affect a woman’s potential marriage chances. In many cases, married women with disabilities face immediate divorce and are left with the sole responsibility for children and the risk of poverty. While women and men both face enormous obstacles to earning a living, families devastated by landmine injuries must face different challenges depending on whether or not it is a male or female family member who has been injured.
Zimbabwe women’s organizations may be the best vehicle to deliver services to women living in landmine impacted regions in Zimbabwe. This would be the best vehicle to provide effective livelihoods programs for the beneficiaries in Mukumbura, Nyamapanda, Sengwse, Malipati and Gonarezhou communal lands.
We are implementing a two-pronged initiative for landmine clearance and implementing a livelihoods program for local communities impacted by landmines in the country.
We raise financial resources and assets to remove landmines in Zimbabwe.
Documentary: “How Landmines are wrecking havoc in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Borders”
Towards resource mobilization for landmine clearance in Zimbabwe, our organization is at an advanced stage in producing a documentary called “How Landmines are Wrecking Havoc in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Borders”. The documentary is being spearheaded by leading film producer Nick Zemura and is intended to raise awareness on and funding Zimbabwe’s landmines problem, raising funds to remove the landmines in the process.
Zim-Music Demining Tour
Furthermore, the Trust plans to coordinate the “Zim-Music Demining Tour” in 2017, a world-wide tour to raise funding for demining in Zimbabwe. The Trust is courting the participation of the legendary master of song Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, Jah Prazah and Suluman Chimbetu.
The Trust intends to construct and operate Community Anti-Landmines Centres for the delivery of the following socio-economic development and public healthcare interventions:
ZAPRO promotes wellness of local communities, food security, availability of safe water and local skills development such as the carpentry work in Mukumbura.
Towards the implementation of the CALL Centres, the Trust has already procured the preliminary architectural designs for the centres, created the project implementation team, obtained support from the Disaster Management department as well as the National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe
June 18, 2015 BY VENERANDA LANGA SENGWE — Zimbabwe is still struggling to clear more than 40 000 hectares of communal and
May 19, 2016 Tedious Manyepo Herald Reporter OVER $4,7 million is needed to clear the 53 kilometre-stretch of landmine field in Gonarezhou
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