What we do Where we work Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Located in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe is a landlocked country with a population of approximately 16 million people and a GDP per capita (PPP) of around US$2000. Zimbabwe achieved independence in 1980 after a 15 year civil war, but suffered from severe economic turmoil between 2000-09, largely as a result of the government’s policies and economic mismanagement. Despite its vast mineral reserves, Zimbabwe remains impoverished. Read more about Zimbabwe here. The Shinga Children’s Village and Farm, near Mutare, east Zimbabwe, offers a safe environment for the area’s orphans. Officially opened in 2017, it will eventually take up to 30 children aged 18 months to 18 years. The farm provides the children and their carers with livestock and vegetables. In the long term the SDO wants to establish a training centre to equip young people with life skills. Find out about our work in Zimbabwe here.