LOCATION: HARARE • COST: $3595 • AGE: 16-19 • AIRPORT: JFK

OVERVIEW

Landlocked by South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique, Zimbabwe is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. You will grow close to the friendly locals as you learn from them and they learn from you. Although the territory was once a thriving British colony, known as Rhodesia, the local economy has declined in recent years. To combat this economic downturn, HEFY has been working to provide communities of Zimbabwe with the infrastructure necessary to provide basic health care needs. 


COUNTRY CHALLENGES

Zimbabwe currently has a chronic poverty rate of 72%, making it the 22nd poorest country in the world. According to the Borgen Project, roughly 16% of Zimbabweans currently experience food insecurity meaning that they are unable to obtain nutritious and plentiful food for their families. Agriculture remains a staple source of income for families, and roughly 28% of Zimbabwean children suffer from health barriers due to malnutrition. 

Maternal mortality, infant healthcare, and sanitation also remain barriers for development in Zimbabwe. The maternal mortality rate remains high at 960 out of 100,000 births, with a dramatic increase in rural areas. Access to clean water, women's health and hygiene products, and sanitary facilities contribute to poverty. 


SIGHTSEEING

 

Each year, almost two million wildebeest and zebras migrate from Tanzania's Serengeti to the south of Kenya's beautiful Masai Mara wilderness in search of lush grazing grounds and life-giving water. You’ll get to be in the middle of this world phenomenon as you’ll experience a two-day safari in these protected lands and see wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, water buffalo, lions and more. The adventure will continue as you visit an animal sanctuary where you’ll be able to feed giraffes, laugh with hyenas, and watch feasting lions. Then just when you think you’ve seen the best of Africa, you’ll go on a beautiful sunset hike, Ngoma Kurira, overlooking the expansive highlands of Zimbabwe giving you a breathtaking view of some of the world’s most vital ecosystem.

 


TEMPLE 

You will be visiting the Manhattan New York Temple. It's the second "high rise" temple built and was dedicated by President Hinckley. You'll experience the serenity of this temple as you step off the busy streets of New York and into the peacefully quiet temple. 


ZIMBABWE FACTS

Zimbabwe has 16 official languages. 

It has one of the world's highest inflation and unemployment rates. 

Zimbabwe became independent from the UK on April 18, 1980. 

Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world, is located on the Zambezi River. The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from 40 kilometers away.

76% of the country's rural households live on less than $1.25 per day. 

 

*Note: All info subject to final adjustment. 

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