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CATCH Zimbabwe

Harare, Zimbabwe
Joined November 2017

A child protection organization that offers legal aid and psycho-social support to children in contact and conflict with the law.

Presence in: Zimbabwe
Focus: Criminal Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information

Our Work

0ur focus is ensuring the provision of legal aid and psycho-social support services to children. Most specifically, we ensure that the rights of children in contact and conflict with the law are respected and promoted. Upon contact, each child is allocated a lawyer and a social worker who will provide technical support to the child as they interface with the justice system. The lawyer and social worker employ their technical expertise ensuring that access to justice is child sensitive, just and deleiverd in a timely manner. In order to increase the profile of awareness on child justice CATCH conducts awareness campaigns through, conversation cafes, mobile legal aid clinics and child rights clinics. CATCH also conduct research on child justice in Zimbabwe and uses the information acquired for advocacy purposes.

 Organizational  Pillars

  • Promotion of access to justice for children.
  • Rehabilitation of children in contact and conflict with the law through psycho-social support and economic strengthening.
  • Raising awareness on children’s access to justice.
  • Lobbying, research and advocacy.

Our Mission

To offer awareness and support on children’s access to justice in Zimbabwe


Children in contact and conflict with the law, their families, communities affected by children’s criminal activities,  Magistrates, prosecutors, Department of Social Development, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services, Zimbabwe Republic Police, civil society organizations advocating for child protection and lawyers. Our impact is based on fruitful relations with government departments such as Department of Social Development, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correction Services, Ministry of Justice-Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (Legal Aid Directorate), Public Prosecutors and Magistrates. Our work calls for great collaboration with other child protection committees and networks whom we are part of.

People Associated With This Organization

Maxwell Chambari

CATCH Zimbabwe
Joined August 2020
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Traditional / Customary Justice
An Executive Director and an accomplished development practitioner with over 19 years’ experience in programming focusing on young people and children.

Worked for Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ) in 2003 and 2004 as a youth advocate coordinating the “young people we care” project funded by John Snow International UK. Later joined Kidzcan Zimbabwe as a PSS officer in 2006 and left the organization in 2012 having grown to the position of Project Manager where he designed and implemented the Early Detection of Childhood Cancer awareness programme funded by Tear Fund. Maxwell. Left Kidzcan Zimbabwe to focus on CATCH an organisation he founded in 2007. Since then he has grown the organization CATCH from a briefcase organisation to a child rights force with 6 offices across Zimbabwe while servicing 7 of the 10 provinces while managing grants from USAID, UNICEF, Plan International, VSO, CRS, Canadian Embassy, Dreamtown among others.

Simbarashe Chidewu

CATCH Zimbabwe
Joined January 2021
Interests: Criminal Justice, Family, Gender-based violence, Right to Information, Women's Rights
A development practitioner working for a Child Rights organization specializing in providing socio-legal services to children in conflict or contact with the law. I specialize in research, advocacy and lobbying for policy reviews as a monitoring and evaluation personnel. I am joining this network so i can learn from experts around the world who are well vested in the legal or law fraternity in a bid to expand my knowledge base. Networking is also one of the major reasons I'm joining this platform for i believe no achievement can be accomplished when working in silos but team work makes the dream work.
Maxwell Chambari is the network champion (main point of contact) for CATCH Zimbabwe.

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