“From the long road ahead on gender equality, to our fight against climate change and poverty, the
future can seem uncertain. But the solutions to our biggest challenges do exist. We just need to work harder, and better together, to do the right thing.”

Grete Faremo, UNOPS Under-Secretary-General and
Executive Director

Results as of 31 October 2021

Food security and livelihoods



people supported through conditional and unconditional food assistance, of which 63% were women and girls (170% achievement of project target)



households have been supported through agricultural and livestock inputs to accelerate recovery of livelihoods and food security



livestock dewormed and vaccinated dewormed Blackleg, Anthrax and Botulism

Chipo Chipiro

Chipo (46) never thought life could change in a single night.

‘’My house was destroyed during the cyclone, I lost all my clothes and blankets. I am a mother of six, and what pains me most is that the Cyclone Idai also washed away my field. I was so devastated because this was our livelihood, and we all depended on it. To lose everything like that in one night is too much to bear.’’

‘’Before Cyclone Idai I was a smallholder farmer; I grew sorghum and maize to feed my family. We didn’t have much, but we managed to harvest something and feed the family. Cyclone Idai changed my life; my husband is chronically ill and my medication was also washed away by the cyclone. For survival I had to sell baobab fruits.’’

“The support we are receiving came at the right time, as there was nowhere to turn to. Last year there was a cyclone, this year we are experiencing drought coupled with economic challenges. We are grateful for this food assistance, as it goes a long way. I am a mother and there is nothing more painful than to see your kids going to bed on an empty stomach. I brought them to this world so it is my duty to make sure they have food. However, before this intervention I felt I had failed.’’

Chipo has received food assistance through ZIRP under the Lean Season Assistance programme of WFP.




people provided with basic health package services and support



Village Health Workers have been recruited, trained and deployed since project inception



people reached with community sensitisation on health promotion interventions

Patience Mahlatini

Patience Mahlatini is a resident of Mundanda Village. She was one of the first patients to benefit from WHO’s mobile clinic at Mundanda growth point.  “I have been feeling really ill for the past week and I did not have money to visit the local hospital to see a doctor. As soon as our village health worker told us the community outreach was going to take place today, I made sure I was the first person here,” explained Patience, “after attending a health promotion session, I was interviewed by a nurse and then referred to a doctor.” Patience received a prescription for free medication. She is grateful for all the help and assistance.

“I am most grateful for the free consultation at one place and medication which otherwise l simply cannot afford. I know that the doctor will be back next week and I will have a follow up visit. Because of this community outreach, health services are now the least of my worries as it is delivered at my doorstep now.”

WHO continues to provide medical care and assistance for communities affected by Cyclone Idai.




people were reached with preventive messaging on COVID-19, proper handwashing and health and well-being issues through outreach campaigns



households have restored access to water and sanitation services



 wards have constructed risk mitigation infrastructure

Obert Matondokosi

“I lost friends and relatives to Cyclone Idai. This district, with the help of ZIRP, is slowly coming to terms with the devastating effects of those torrential rains that scarred communities. The best we can do is to help each other to come to terms with what we went through. We are resilient people and I view the ZIRP COVID-19 training opportunity as a chance to help continue to support my community the way I also did in 2019.

After these three weeks of learning and discussions, I now understand how important it is to maintain good personal hygiene standards and social distancing as critical prevention measures to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19.’’ Obert Matondokosi, Village Health Worker who received training, including training on COVID-19, and additionally received a bicycle to improve access to the people he supports.

ZIRP’s interventions have improved messaging, training and support of health services.




students in 134 schools benefited from teaching and learning supplies



teaching and learning supplies have been distributed to schools to ensure continuity and delivery of quality education



classroom tents distributed

Antony Matandaudye

Antony (12) wants to be an engineer, a profession he fell in love with after seeing engineers assist with the construction and repair of bridges and other infrastructure destroyed by Cyclone Idai. “I asked one of the engineers constructing the bridges here [about becoming an engineer], he said I need to pass science first. I want to be like them, helping people,” he said.

Antony’s dreams received a boost when his school was supplied with science kits, which are equipped with items such as compasses, levers, hanging weights, pulleys, experiment trolleys, heat kits, magnetic kits, sun height gauges and seed germinating units.

“A periscope, a sound kit, and here an electricity kit and an optical kit. We now know the electricity flow of electricity and how electricity is generated,” continues Antony, whose only source of energy back home is firewood. For pupils such as Antony of Bumba Primary School, the science kits, provided by UNICEF through ZIRP, have helped bridge the gap between rural and more affluent urban schools.

Thanks to ZIRP, almost 20,000 children are benefiting from educational materials through UNICEF.

Cross-cutting elements


Rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure and risk mitigation (UNOPS)


community workers engaged in rehabilitation of infrastructure


Implementation of Displacement Tracking Matrix (IOM)


  Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) surveys and assessments conducted to inform beneficiary targeting for ZIRP programming


Gender Based Violence Response and Risk Mitigation (UNFPA)


GBV survivors reached through mobile OSC

340 GBV survivors provided with transport to higher levels of care

Financial performance