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.
More than 72% of Zimbabweans live below the poverty line (CIA World Factbook, 2012), and 62% of the households have also been deemed poor (UN, 2011). The country’s unemployment rate was estimated a 11.3% in 2014, this however, is believed to be a huge underestimation, since the country’s conditions prevent from accurate data gathering.
For almost four decades, the country was 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).