The Organization of Rural Associations for Progress (ORAP) is an indigenous, culturally rooted movement for development. It was founded in 1980 at Zimbabwe’s ascension to independence and was registered in 1981 as a welfare (charitable) organization dedicated to the promotion of rural development from the perspective of grassroots communities in Zimbabwe. Currently, ORAP is covering four out of Zimbabwe’s ten provinces and these are: Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Bulawayo and Midlands.
ORAP has successfully established sustainable self-driven community groups and developed links with formal sectors of society. We have helped to change people’s perceptions of poverty and development and have managed to keep our projects and programs going, even where external funding has ceased. ORAP’s presence and work program continued despite the country’s economic crisis (from 1999 to 2009) and the withdrawal of many international NGOs/Donors and other organizations, demonstrate the sustainability of organizations that are locally-driven and rooted in the community.
We have worked with over 100,000 families, impacting approximately 500,000 people across the four provinces which are made up of a population of 3,7 million. Our target is to work with 150,000 more families, empowering them to uplift themselves and their communities out of poverty and into better lives. We will see resilient, healthy ad educated people, with sustainable incomes, actively participating in all sectors of society.