You can change a child's life, you can provide them with education and you can help them escape the vicious poverty cycle that is a reality for many Zimbabwean orphans. Without the legal help that they need to secure basic documents, too many Zimbabwean Orphans cannot register in schools and supported homes, take exams and access the benefits and inheritance that will lift them out of poverty and into a future of progress. We can change that, but we need your help.
The HIV/AIDS crisis has resulted in high levels of orphans, but with birth certificates required for enrolment this leaves almost a third of all Zimbabwean children prevented from accessing their birth certificates, enrolling in education and thus escaping poverty. These heart-breaking circumstances paint a worrying picture for the future generation of Zimbabweans. While some cases are complicated; in others a simple birth certificate is all that is needed for a child to live a better life.
At ZET, we work with local partners in Bulawayo to provide legal advice and aid to vulnerable families, and set up widows' associations. We train community volunteers and run workshops to raise awareness of child rights, and lobby decision makers for policy changes. We transform lives by helping widows keep their families together and children remain in schools. We provide life-changing birth certificates and kick start the education process for many Zimbabwean orphans.
So far our work has already reached out to thousands of people in Bulawayo, transforming lives by helping children remain in schools. With Zimbabwe's post-colonial history categorised by the economic fall-out of hyperinflation and the authoritarian rule of Robert Mugabe, education is at the heart of this troubled state's deep-routed problems. We want to help build the next generation of leaders and it starts with giving even more vulnerable children the right to a proper childhood and education.
Total Funding Received to Date: £3,451
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £3,006
Total Funding Goal: £6,457