Young Life Zimbabwe

Reaching the young people of Zimbabwe

In 2019, over 50,000 kids were reached in Zimbabwe with more than 1,100 volunteer leaders, 25 national staff and 15 DGL student leaders.

As of 2019, 50,373 teens and counting
have been reached in Zimbabwe.


  • Population: 14,839,330
  • Main languages: Shona, Ndebele, English
  • Kids reached by YLA: 50,373

Zimbabwe summary

Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) with a population of nearly 15 million (42% of which are under the age of 18) was once the ‘bread basket” of Southern Africa, exporting an abundance of agricultural products grown on large, well-run farms. The country has struggled to feed its people since 2000 due to drought and a land reform program in which the government seized farms from white landowners and redistributed them to black Zimbabweans. It is a beautiful country with Victoria Falls in the north and the Matopos Hills, Great Zimbabwe and granite formations in the south. President Mugabe gained power in 1980 as a war hero; however, as his control of the country has gone on the economy and political situation have declined precipitously. Inflation has been staggering and unemployment is considered to be the highest in the world.

Despite the obstacles, Young Life Zimbabwe is made up of a team of vibrant, faithful leaders. Ministry is concentrated in Bulawayo and Harare. Recently, Young Life Zimbabwe began a college ministry in Bulawayo at the National University of Science and Technology. In 2019 so far, over 50,373 kids were reached in Zimbabwe with 1,100 volunteer leaders, 25 national staff and 15 DGL student leaders. Over 4,000 kids and leaders attended camp in 2018 and had the opportunity to try out “Camp on Wheels.” Recent challenges and items for prayer: Some volunteer leaders are having difficulty finding work in Zimbabwe and are leaving the country for jobs in South Africa which makes ministry growth difficult; heavy rainfall and flooding in the southern part of the country (Matopos Hills) has required clubs to be cancelled as schools are closed and travel is limited.

Stories from Zimbabwe

Our impact

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Growth (2020)
Avg. Kids at Clubs 5,685 5,153 10,067 11,035 14,170
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 1,823 2,520 4,717 5,991 6,721
Number of Ministries 76 78 112 147 200
National Staff 5 9 17 18 20
DGL 14 11 9 11 13 15 15%
Kids & Leaders to Camp 3,673 2,135 4,053 1,797 4,710 0 N/A

Our ministries

Despite the obstacles, a talented team of associate regional directors leads a volunteer team of vibrant, faithful leaders. Young Life ministry is concentrated in Bulawayo and Harare.

Current ministry.

Current ministry.

Current ministry.

Prayer Opportunities

Pray for the Zimbabwe team to have courage and boldness in God despite the challenges around us, including the economic and the political situation in Zimbabwe.

Pray for young people to find work and careers and opportunities to build their lives in this economy, which currently is one that offers no bright future to a young person starting out.

Pray for all staff and volunteers to be given the strength and courage in this difficult economic time to endure all that is and is yet to happen.

Pray for the opening of doors to new clubs in Mutare, Zvishavane, and Plumtree. (2 Corinthians 2:12-14)

Pray for the rain to come and ease the current drought and food shortages in our hunger-struck land. (Zechariah 10:1)

Pray for creativity and patience for leaders as they do ministry under difficult circumstances.

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