History

Farm Community Trust of Zimbabwe (FCTZ) is a national Non Governmental Organization (NGO) established in 1996 and registered with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare under the Private Voluntary Organizations Act in 1999. The organization was established to respond to the growing demands for development services in the large-scale commercial farming areas. 

FCTZ was formed to take over a farm worker welfare programme that had been implemented by Save the Children UK (SC UK) since the early 1980s to improve access to basic services such as housing, water, education and health for the former large scale commercial farm workers.  The main strategy was to engage the farmer to assist in the provision of such facilities. 

The land reform program implemented by the government of Zimbabwe since 2000 has led to major changes in the form and structure of both the geographical areas of operation as well as the characteristics of the clientele. FCTZ responded to the changing conditions by expanding its mandate to include emergency relief and recovery, livelihoods, social protection and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions. Furthermore, the organisation broadened type of operational areas for the benefit of vulnerable communities in communal, informal, small urban centres and urban areas.