Zimbabwe was represented by a girls’ team at the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014, with the support of our partners Grassroots Soccer (GRS).
GRS use football to mobilise and educate communities and individuals on HIV awareness and prevention.
During the Street Child World Cup the girls from Zimbabwe showed the world the true spirit of football creating the greatest goal celebration of all time in their match against Indonesia. The uniting of two nations on the pitch led to the founding of a new nation fair to socially excluded children off it, “Zimdonesia”. Watch story here.
Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa, bordering Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa. Formerly Rhodesia, the country’s first black president Robert Mugabe has now maintained control for nearly thirty years. Zimbabwe’s economy has been beleaguered by hyperinflation, chronic unemployment rates and poverty levels among the highest in Africa. Despite having the natural potential for successful fertile farming, drastic land reform programmes have hampered production and led to food shortages and economic stagnation which persist today.
Population: 13 million
Capital City: Harare
Languages: English, Shona, Sindebele
Since their return the girls are all enrolled in football teams and continue to take part in Grassroots Soccer actives so that they can continue as peer educators.