Zvandiri, “As I am”, is transforming young lives through peer connections to assure health, happiness, and hope. We began 18 years ago with six young people living with HIV who wanted more than just the medicines and clinic visits. They established a support group which has evolved into the Zvandiri model of community, clinic and digital health services, in partnership with governments, to deliver services to young people living with HIV. We believe our evidence-based model that connects young people with trained, mentored peers provides a holistic approach that is innovative and ensures sustainable impact. Zvandiri started in Zimbabwe and has been adopted and scaled in 8 countries with 1600 trained peers we call Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters or CATS. Our goal is to expand our Zvandiri model to 20 countries by 2030 to deliver health, happiness and hope to 1 million young people living with HIV.
We work with governments using an innovative model that delivers services to young people living with HIV at scale through trained peers who connect with them and help them to survive and thrive.
Our vision is to expand our Zvandiri model to 20 countries within 10 years to deliver health, happiness and hope to 1 million young people living with HIV.
Extraordinary - We dare to be bold, to be different, unusual and creative; ensuring excellence at all times. We strive to be frontrunners in meeting the evolving and dynamic needs of young people.
Holistic - We passionately believe in supporting the whole person, throughout childhood and adolescence into adulthood; they are not just a statistic but a human being.
Connected - We connect young people to a network of peers for support so they can build safe relationships that inspire hope. We collaborate with young people, partners and governments, leading to the exchange of knowledge and ideas to promote growth, innovation and impact.
Loving – Our work is driven by gaining a deep understanding, commitment and connection to the lived experiences of young people to foster love and self-acceptance. We believe that together we can change things for the better.
Informed – Through research and evidence and connecting with young people, we learn what is needed and how to be most effective in our work. We ensure we deliver high quality interventions that allow young people to achieve their true potential
Authentic - Everything we do is with a commitment to be honest, humble and respectful in our work and to be guided by young people.