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The vast majority of Zimbabwe's people are still facing poverty, hunger and brutality under Robert Mugabe's repressive government.
Zimbabwe Victims' Support Fundis a relief organisation, founded in 2002, for the support of some of the most vulnerable and desperate among the countless victims of the continuing crisis in Zimbabwe. It was set up as a partnership between, on the one hand, those directly involved in the relief of hunger and extreme hardship in Matabeleland and, on the other, Christian friends in the United Kingdom who shared that concern and wanted to support that effort. Initially the link was through Haywards Heath Methodist Church, but now the network of supporters includes a great number of other churches, groups and individuals of many different denominations across the UK.
Funds raised in the UK are applied in Zimbabwe through the good offices of Zimbabwean Trustees and a network of trusted volunteers, in running regular feeding schemes in Bulawayo and the region. This is still the main work of the Fund and it reflects the continuing deep, humanitarian crisis affecting the whole country in the absence of a lasting political settlement. However some funds have been applied to longer term development projects such as a community allotments and an agricultural skills training centre in remote rural areas, and it is hoped that in the future greater emphasis may be given to this kind of project, so essential to Zimbabwe's recovery.
Details of some of the range of humanitarian projects supported by the Fund appear in the reports published every six months (and to be found here underReports ...)
The Cross on Mount Inungu, near Bulawayo, symbol of a Christian presence among a suffering people.