Zimbabwe is a country of enormous potential – its land is exceptionally fertile with vast mineral resources and dramatic natural beauty. One of the greatest untapped potentials in the country are the people themselves – full of resiliency and vitality – who have maintained one of the highest educational levels in Africa.
However, Zimbabwe is also one of the countries in southern Africa that has been hit hardest by the HIV epidemic. One in six individuals in Zimbabwe is infected with the HIV virus and there have been one million children orphaned by the disease. The epidemic has disrupted the country’s demographics. Next to this epidemic, the country has been hit hard by economic and political troubles. Zimbabwe’s troubled image threatens to make it a “forgotten” country in the international public eye.