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.
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).
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).