Bindura is the capital of Mashonaland Central and has about 40,000 inhabitants. The city is about 90 kilometres north-east of Harare.
Most families live in rural areas on small farms that hardly produce enough food to live on. The children often have to help at home or on the fields, which leads to many dropping out of school. The deteriorating economic situation has increased the number of vulnerable children. As families cannot provide for them, they need support to survive.
Since 1983, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Bindura.
63% of the people living in Bindura are poor, and in the areas around the city, such as the Shamva district, the rate is even higher.
It is difficult for parents to make ends meet for their families. Even if parents have jobs, they do not earn enough money to meet all their family's needs. In rural areas, where families live off agriculture, the situation has worsened due to climate disasters such as drought and floods.
Many children drop out of school. One reason is early marriage: the Shamva district near Bindura has the highest number of child marriages in Zimbabwe: 50% of the children marry under 18.
Another reason is illegal mining, where children are often forced to work in extremely dangerous conditions.