We will provide 200 HIV/AIDS orphans in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, with the legal help they need to secure basic documents, enabling them to register in schools and supported homes, take exams, and access the benefits and inheritance that will lift them out of poverty.
HIV/AIDS has left many children in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, without parents, and turned many young women into widows. Challenges such as economic instability and traditional views on women's rights make it difficult for these vulnerable children and families to access the help they are entitled to, from gaining inheritance to getting a place at school. Some cases are complicated; in others, a simple birth certificate is all that is needed for a child to live a better life.
ZET works with local partners in Bulawayo to provide legal advice and aid to vulnerable families, and to set up widows' associations. We train community volunteers and run workshops to raise awareness of child rights, and lobby decision makers for policy changes.
Our work has so far reached out to thousands of people in Bulawayo, helping widows keep their families together and children remain in school. We want to give even more children a proper childhood and education, keeping them out of poverty and away from crime, sex work and HIV infection.
Since ZET helped us reclaim our house and land after my husband's death, I can afford for my daughters, Kimberley and Otiliah, to stay in school. Now I help ZET support other families like mine. - L. Nyathi, Community Volunteer
Total Funding Received to Date: £3,405
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £3,051
Total Funding Goal: £6,456