Habakkuk Trust is a faith-based advocacy organisation with a reputation and growing programming presence in Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South provinces of Zimbabwe (Matobo, Bulawayo, Nkayi, Insiza, Bubi, Gwanda, Umzingwane and Mangwe). The organisation runs a civil society advocacy mandate spanning community capacity building, the development of a growing advocacy conversation in communities, advocacy research and information dissemination, championing civil society initiatives on governance and policy change and approaches to sustainable community livelihoods.
The organisation seeks to derive biblical inspiration to craft creative approaches to social transformation through active participation and community advocacy. Emerging from its humble beginnings as a spirited vision and a spring of hope in the dry, social habitat of Matabeleland, the arrival and nascent evolvement of Habakkuk Trust at the turn of the century ushered into civil society in the region a refreshing era of the possibility of effective citizen mobilisation, participation and social enquiry.
In a community that has long carried feelings of socio-economic betrayal and political marginalisation, a minority harboured with real and perceived exclusion , little opportunity and deep seated scars of a painful era of isolation and persecution at the hands of a sitting government, Habakkuk Trust has always had its work cut out. The prospects of a vibrant institutional channel by which to air public opinion, to identify the multiple jeopardies of misgovernance at local and national levels to advocate and defend and promote the rights of citizens found new hope in what was perceived by many as a reliable, sound institutional foundation for social justice.
We pride ourselves with well established and functional partnerships cross - sectoral between and within various comuunities in and around the country. Habakkuk works at various levels and with various diverse institutional partners. These range from villages traditional leadership, councils as well as sub - national local authorities. We also have strong relationships with other civil society partners who work in the same communities and cover similar issues as we do for cross collaboration and exchange of best lessons.