National partner profile: Zimbabwe

Young Achievement Sports for Development


Young Achievement Sports for Development was formed in January 2005. They are a non-profit, community-based entity. They use football, education, and performance arts as mediums to reach children and young people with messages of HIV/AIDS awareness, substance abuse prevention, self-confidence, and other child and youth protection related issues.

Their programme is supported by former Zimbabwean national player, Musareka Jenitala, who is actively involved in training the Zimbabwean homeless team.

YASD use sport to reach out to marginalised youth in Hatcliffe Extension, a semi-urban unofficial settlement 25km from Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, and other similar areas. The settlement lacks basic services and necessities, such as running water and electricity, and it does not have a clinic or an official school. Residents have to travel far to access basic facilities and schools, and consequently, many children drop out of school. Through sport, YASD promote education and other youth services to alleviate the situation.

YASD have three core programmes which deal with the developmental issues in the community, namely: A Sports Training Programme, which offers daily training sessions and weekly games; an Educational Support Programme that provides children with school uniforms, school fees and accommodation; and a Youth Support Services Programme that offers psycho-social support and life skills development sessions.

The organisation have established strategic partnerships with the Zimbabwe Sports and Education Fund, Fight for Peace, and Maiden Films. In 2014, they were recognised by the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) as a sport for development organisation, and were nominated to facilitate and coordinate the YETT annual sports tournament with more than 300 young people from all over the country.

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Mission statement


Young Achievement Sports for Development’s mission is to mobilise communities through sport and deliver effective mentorship and education for young people from impoverished backgrounds.

"We want to go and lift our Zimbabwean flag high out there."  Coach Farai Mweta, Team Zimbabwe 2010.

Goals for the future

Programme Development

To expand the programme by replicating successful initiatives in all 62 districts of Zimbabwe over the next five years, focusing on the most marginalised groups in the country

Women's Programmes

To expand the women's football programme by incorporating a business mentorship component with the aim of empowering women as business leaders

Health Education

To raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in response to the high prevalence and infection rates among young people in Zimbabwe


To further develop projects which promote parental involvement


To encourage income generating projects among young people who have received life skills training

Additional information

Football Activities

Daily sessions, weekly games, and local and international tournaments

Non-football services

Educational Support Programme which provides children with school uniforms, school fees, accommodation, and extra lessons during school breaks; Youth Support Services Programme offers psycho-social support and life skills development, preparation for job interviews, and business etiquette

Participants challenges

Poverty, lack of access to education, and lack of essential services and necessities (running water, electricity, etc.)

Organisation challenges

Political and economic instabilities and violence, high costs and unavailability of products, access to education and school facilities, increased demand due to increased vulnerability and poverty in Zimbabwe

Country challenges

The World Bank (2014) estimates 72.3% of the population live below the national poverty line. For three decades, the country has been ruled by President Robert Mugabe, whose ruling has been often described as a dictatorship. His government ordered urban slum demolition in 2005, and poor social and economic policies have contributed to millions of refugees leaving the country (BBC, 2014).

Homlessness definition

Anyone who does not own their own home in an officially approved residential area is considered homeless (Habitat International, 2005).

Homelessness Statistics

The national housing shortage is estimated at more than 1 million, with more than 1.2 million people on the government's national housing waiting list. In 2005, Zimbabwe’s governmental campaign to destroy illegal settlements (so called Operation “Murambatsvina,” or Drive Out Filth) left around 700,000 people homeless (PCM, 2005; IRIN News, 2013).

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