Giraffe Heroes Zimbabwe (GHZ) was launched in 2014 with the purpose of inspiring more and more citizens of that country to “stick their necks out” to help solve the tough public problems that challenge that country.

The organization joined similar groups in India, Nepal, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Singapore and Argentina. Although completely independent, all are inspired by the work of the Giraffe Heroes Project in the USA.

The strategy of Giraffe Heroes Zimbabwe—as all the other Giraffe groups—is simple. GHZ finds brave Zimbabweans of all ages and walks of life who are already acting courageously for the common good.. When it tells the stories of these"Giraffe Heroes" over both traditional and social media, others are moved to get into action too. Telling the stories of heroes to motivate others to action may be a very simple strategy, but it works—as it has in every culture for thousands of years.

Giraffe Heroes are chosen by a jury of citizens from nominations received from all over the country. The main criterion for being a Giraffe Hero is that the person has taken courageous action that serves the common good.

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From the Desk of the Chairman

My name is Terry Mutsvanga and I am the Chairperson of Giraffe Heroes Zimbabwe. It is my pleasure to introduce you the GH Zimbabwe (GHZ) Chapter. We have already honored over 80 Giraffe Heroes—brave citizens who are "sticking their necks out" to fight for the rights of all Zimbabweans.

GH Zimbabwe strives to recognize “unsung heroes” that have positively contributed immensely in society and to tell their stories to the nation, inspiring others to stick their necks out too. In this way, we hope to leave a legacy of positivity to future generations through our work.

We are now calling upon nominations for individuals from around Zimbabwe whom you think deserve to be honored for their outstanding contributions inasmuch as advocating for social and economic rights as well as contributing positively in communities they reside in.

Do you know of a fellow Zimbabwean—man or woman, young or old, from any tribal, economic, political, social or professional background, who is acting bravely ("sticking her or his neck out," just like a giraffe!) to help solve one of our country’s pressing problems, including, for example, poverty, poor infrastructure, mismanagement, corruption and enormous challenges in almost every sector of the economy? If you do, email the information to me at Terry Mutsvanga terrymutsvanga81@gmail.com.

Thank You

The Giraffe Heroes of Zimbabwe

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Joana Mamombe

UPDATE APRIL 2, 2019: Joana Mamombe, Zimbabwe’s youngest Member of Parliament at age 25, is facing treason charges for attempting to overthrow the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and if convicted she faces up to 20 years in prison.

Mamombe, a former student leader during her university years was elected an opposition MP in Zimbabwe’s capital during last year’s general elections becoming the southern African country’s youngest legislator. For the full update and the original posting, go here.

Mamombe was named Giraffe Hero years ago and has continued with her activism in fighting for justice and human rights.

Back then Mamombe felt that it was her duty as a citizen to defend other citizens’ rights, and she has put her opinions into action many times. Typically, she’s defiant about maintaining her participation in marches and other protests: “I’m not afraid to do that.”

She was arrested in March this year while attending parliament business. Her treason charges emanate from her January press conference statement in which she urged members from her constituency to ‘dress in black’ and embark in a ‘peaceful protest’ over the high cost of living in Zimbabwe after government hiked the price of fuel.

The protests in January led to the death of at least 17 people who were shot dead after soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters.

Prosecutors charge that Mamombe wanted to overthrow President Mnangagwa’s government after she urged people to protest over the high cost of living at a press conference. Her arrest has been condemned by her party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), civic society groups and ordinary people.

Mamombe who was detained for days is currently out on bail and is among other opposition MPs and civic society leaders who are facing treason charges.

She is being represented in court by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR).

Mamombe studied Biotechnology at a local university and also studied in Norway and the United Kingdom.

She was the secretary general of the country’s largest tertiary student’s movement, the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) from 2013 to 2015 and goes by the moniker ‘Mama Madikizela’ named after the anti-apartheid hero Winnie Madikizela, the late ex-wife of struggle icon Nelson Mandela.

After her detention for days Mamombe was granted bail by the High Court she tweeted the “struggle continues unabated.”

Her case is pending before the courts.

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Sebastian Bakare

Retired Anglican Bishop Sebstian Bakare, born in 1940, is an iconic figure in Zimbabwe whose work in the church and society has one connecting thread – quest for social justice and equality . Bishop Bakare has lived his entire life fighting for human rights, freedom and dignity for his people. more

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Sally Dura

Regardless of her rural upbringing and background, 35 year Old Sally Dura has risen to the position of National Coordinator of the Women Coalition of Zimbabwe (WiCoz), an organization that champions the rights of women in the country. more

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Tatenda Mombeyarara

“I am very passionate about labor rights and have been active since 2009 . This has led to confrontations with the state but that has not deterred me as I believe in fighting for the workers’ struggle,” said Tatenda Mombeyarara, a labor rights activist based in Harare. UPDATE. In late 2019 Mombeyarara was beaten by government thugs for protesting the new government of Emmerson Mnangangwa more


Sinikiwe Marupiwa- Zhou

Harare; A small garage in the high density suburb of Kuwadzana, has been turned by a passionate and loving heart into a center of hope for the mentally challenged children aged between six and nineteen.. more


In 2008, the government of Zimbabwe took control of the Marange diamond fields, an important resource for the country’s economy, discovered just two years before. The government claimed that wildcat diamond miners were funding rebel groups and so needed to be controlled. However, activist Farai Maguwu claims that in addressing that perceived problem, the military and police created something far worse—systematic abuse of illegal miners,...

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Betty Makoni knows all about the traumas that can befall a girl child in her country, Zimbabwe. She lived through horrors herself and is making sure that other girls' childhoods are nothing like her own.

Makoni escaped abuse by getting a working scholarship to an all-girls boarding school and going on to earn two degrees. As a teacher in co-ed schools, she witnessed the prejudice and violence that beset her female students. Male...


Imagine being rendered destitute and homeless from ancestral land that you once called home for decades following heavy flooding that ravaged everything that you possessed?

Like the infamous Cyclone Katrina which pounded parts of Mississippi, that was the similar situation which characterised heavy flooding that pounded Zimbabwe’s Masvingo province in February 2014 leaving a trail of destruction.

The heavy rains destroyed the...


When the “diamond rush” struck the impoverished populace in 2006, thousands of poor Zimbabweans flocked to the Marange district in the country‘s Manicaland Province in a desperate attempt to “get rich quickly”.

The fortunate ones became instant millionaires whilst the unlucky perished from injuries inflicted upon from dog wounds and multiple bullet wounds fired by “trigger happy” state security agents under the guise of maintaining...


In a number of African cultures, women are confined to the kitchen were they are expected to cook and perform all the household chores. Such is the patriarchal system that allows only men to engage in political and social activities, thus depriving the “girl child” access to challenging roles.

But that seems to be evolving in Zimbabwe as women are now taking up leadership roles in communities they reside. Such women can be found in both...


When Zimbabweans voted “Yes” in favor of a new constitution, little did they know that it was just a “worthless paper” that the ruling ZANU PF government did not care to abide to.

Arbitrary arrests of citizens characterized by brutal police torture typical before the ushering in of the new constitution were to continue with civic society leaders being the latest targets of the state machinery.

One such citizen who was caught “in...


“I was heavily assaulted by the police and spent two days in hospital but that hasn’t broken my spirit. I will keep on fighting for what I believe in."

These were the words uttered by 37 year old journalist cum human rights activist Itai Dzamara whilst addressing scores of people who had gathered in the Africa Unity Square in Harare’s Central Business District (CBD). Before the assault, Dzamara had succeeded in leading a peaceful...


The HIV/AIDS pandemic that has ravaged Zimbabwe since the 1980s has resulted in millions of children being rendered orphans.

The situation has been worsened by the failure of the government to provide a “safety nets” that are crucial in assisting towards the upkeep of such children.

Many of these children are leaving destitute lives were they are prone to drug and sexual abuse.

However a few citizens have tried to assist by...


When Zimbabwe attained Independence in 1980 after 90 years of British colonial rule, a majority of white nationals took the backseat in participating towards participating in active politics or civic activism.

They were further alienated by the 2000 land reform which witnessed a greater majority of the population loosing farms and other properties. Ever since they have been playing a “Wait and see game” and it has become so “unusual”...


31 year old James Bayanai has set himself on a track to make his contribution to change the world through spearheading projects to promote literacy in rural Zimbabwean communities.

Since 2010 James has been involved in International Youth Advocacy and plenty humanitarian initiatives.

In May of 2010 while working in Cape Town SA for an Internet Service Provider, James Bayanai received a challenge of his life after reading in the...


The Zimbabwe government still violates citizens’ rights despite a new constitution. Human rights defenders, including lawyers, risk beatings whilst defending human rights violations victims.

Kennedy Masiye, a lawyer with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), was recently severely bashed by the police whilst attending to protestors who were demonstrating in the Harare Central Business District (CBD) against the country’s...


Beatrice Savadye is a 27 year old human rights activists and current Director for Real Open Opportunities for Transformation Support (ROOTS) an organization working to promote social and economic justice for young people in Zimbabwe.

Beatrice comes from a humble background where she had to pan for gold at Kitsiyatota and would be a street vendor after school and during school holidays so as to able to raise school fees. This is what...


“I was beaten the whole night by the police but that will not deter me from pursuing the fight for a better Zimbabwe “I am now very much committed and strong in standing up for the rights of my fellow citizens’.

Such were the courageous words uttered by Charles Nyoni following his discharge from a Harare hospital.

Nyoni had been arrested in Parliament after he had presented a petition in parliament calling for the government to...


Zimbabwe has not been spared challenges that other African countries have faced. Once a glorious bread basket of Africa, Zimbabwe has suffered economic, social and political instability for the past two decades, leaving the majority of the ordinary people vulnerable. Government operations like Operation Restore Order (May 2005), destroyed backyard cabins and shacks which were shelter to many as well as small markets for vendors. Many urban...


Speaking against state sponsored violence is a huge crime in Zimbabwe. Those who speak out from rural communities do so at great risk to their

personal security and that of their families. The vulnerability of human rights defenders in rural communities is even more severe for women who are still treated as less equal to their male counterparts due to cultural violence. Nevertheless, some women have defied odds and began to stick their...


State security agents who were deployed into the Marange diamond fields between 2006 and 2011 have been accused of committing gross

human rights abuses. These include murder, torture, rape, robbery, extortion and forced labor. Within a few months Marange, a once peaceful and serene rural environment, had been transformed into a war zone.

However, not all state security agents became beasts on behalf of the state. Some refused to...


The rate of environmental degradation due to alluvial gold mining has left the community of Penhalonga devastated. A once beautiful, serene

and quiet natural habitat has become ravaged, dusty and made uninhabitable by the mining operations of DTZ OZGEO. The company has caused such environmental damage as has not been witnessed in Manaicaland Province since time immemorial. The Mutare River, which epitomized the beauty of Penhalonga, has...