About Us

About Bantwana Zimbabwe

Founded in 2013 as Bantwana Trust Zimbabwe, Bantwana Zimbabwe (BZ) obtained PVO status in 2020 under the governance of a seven-member board of Zimbabwean nationals. We operate independently as a local affiliate of the US-based Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Inc. (WEI/B), which has been registered in Zimbabwe since 2008, supporting a broad range of integrated education, health, and social protection services for vulnerable children and youth.

We partner with local, regional and international organizations to implement programs that advance health, education, economic, and social protection outcomes for vulnerable children, adolescents, and their caregivers.

Our Vision

A world where all children are healthy secure, and can reach their full potential.

Our Mission

To improve the wellbeing of vulnerable children and their caregivers and families affected by HIV and AIDS and poverty

Our Senior Management Team

We pride ourselves with being responsive to emerging community challenges and implementing robust, inclusive and sustainable interventions through partnerships with communities, government, local and international stakeholders.

Mbonisi Tshuma

Executive Director

Banele Mandaza

Programs Manager

Douglas Jumbe

Technical Director

Mavis Parirehwa

Finance Manager

Collen Masibera

M.E.L Advisor

Susan Ryce

Economic Strengthening

Buttler Nhepure

Advocacy and Private
Sector Linkages Specialist

Where We Work

Bantwana Zimbabwe partners with local and international NGOs, community organizations, government ministries and departments, US and multilateral funding agencies, and the private sector. We currently manage an annual $18 million+ portfolio of programs and regional technical assistance contracts funded by PEPFAR/CDC, USAID, bilateral development cooperation agencies, the World Bank, UNICEF, and others.

Our Innovations


A Youth Economic Empowerment Model

The Siyakha Model is an evidence-based, PEPFAR approved economic empowerment model for young people. Bantwana Zimbabwe has improved the lives of over 10,000 local young people using the Siyakha model, 

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Kudzidza Learning Center

Bantwana Zimbabwe supported the Department of Social Development to set up the Kudzidza Live Learning centre – an online repository for knowledge management and capacity builidning of the social workforce trainings.

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National Case Management System

Bantwana has worked with the Ministry of Public Service, Labour, and Social Welfare for about a decade, to strengthen the National Case Management System, responding to child welfare and protection cases across the country.

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Early Warning Systems

The Early Warning System is an innovative model of identifying children at risk of dropping out of school and putting safeguards to ensure retention and progression. We further implement the community-based Early Warning System for Violence Against Children. 

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