1996 – 2000

Our story begins in 1996 when Elisabeth Markham with a group of dedicated men and women launched Ntengwe for Community Development in Binga district in the wake of the HIV epidemic.




2000 - 2003

We helped struggling people living with HIV and AIDS support themselves with gardening and nutrition, referred patients to the nearest clinics for treatment and care, introduced behavioural change programs to young people through Ntengwe’s National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) NAAMO Award winning HIV prevention film called “Musinsimuke –Wake-Up” and ensured that Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights programs were made available throughout Binga district.

2003 - 2004

Ntengwe for Community Development introduces child protection programs addressing discrimination and poverty to reach the most vulnerable children affected by HIV. Our approach is based on every child’s right to be protected and cared for by their own family. We strengthen community-based child protection systems, working in partnership with local government partners. Through meaningful participation of children, we produced a CD and documentary film with 200 orphans and vulnerable children in partnership with Oliver Mtukudzi in support of child education.

2004 - 2008

Our work expands to include the elimination of gender inequalities through targeted, gender focused programs and by working to ensure that all development efforts take into account the experiences, needs and contributions of women. By removing structural barriers to gender equality and promoting women’s participation, socio-economic and legal rights programs such as property and inheritance are introduced to promote women’s economic empowerment, to prevent gender-based violence and property grabbing.



2008 – 2010

•    Ntengwe for Community Development opens an office in Victoria Falls and high impact development infrastructure development begins with the construction of the Ntengwe Drop-In Centre, combining child-focused community development programs for children with disabilities and their families.
•    We work with a global network of grassroots organizations based in 150 countries to help strengthen leadership of grassroots women, to promote locally-led initiatives in resilient development and policy change.

2012 - 2016

•    Ntengwe for Community Development scales up to provide water and sanitation, organic farming, resilience building towards climate change and the implementation of the Self-Help Groups Approach.
•    We promote our child protection policy and support the meaningful participation of children in all stages of our programming. The Theory of Change provides overall strategic guidance to develop evidence-based solutions with a view to scaling them up through advocacy and partnerships in the prevention of child abuse. Community mobilizers and government partners play a critical role in case management.
•    Our response to promoting full participation of women in putting women at centre-stage as decision-makers we work with grassroots women leaders to expand their leadership capacity to collectively influence their communities to enhance sustainable development practices and to sum-up the voices, practices, and priorities of grassroots women to take steps towards influencing public policies.
•    Children with disabilities receive assistive devices and medical assistance.
•    Ntengwe for Community Development establishes inclusive learning environments for children with disabilities and our program helped more children have a brighter future.
•    The Self-Help Group approach has now helped over 1200 women and their families.

2016 -2018

•    Ntengwe for Community Development expands to Lupane district with a focus on Food Security and Agriculture to provide food assistance through unconditional cash transfers to the most vulnerable households while at the same time builds the community capacity to restore lost productive assets at the household level.
•    Ntengwe for Community Development facilitates block grants in support of school infrastructure and equipment to give disadvantaged orphans and vulnerable children the opportunity to finalize their education in lieu of school fees.
•    Foundational literacy and numeracy for reintegration is provided to 200 vulnerable children (7 to 20 years) per year who have dropped out and never gone to school using the “School-in-a-bag” approach which is driven by trained community based volunteers.
•    Sport for Change (SFC) tournaments are rolled out within schools to increase community awareness, build assertiveness in children and promote interaction with parents, police and leaders.
•    Youths including young mothers receive vocational and entrepreneurial skills building.
•    We directly reached more children and families through our child protection policy and strong referral systems have been established.
•    More resilience and adaptation strategies are led by grassroots women through the Community Resilience Fund.
•    Ntengwe for Community Development launched the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework for Action led by grassroots women.