Families for Orphans
The Orphan Challenge
One in four children in Zimbabwe has lost one or both parents. Many are cared for by a loving grandmother, aunt or other relative, but continue to experience hunger, poor health and deprivation. Others are abandoned and grow up in orphanages or child-headed households because their extended family members are desperately poor and cannot provide for even their basic needs.
Children Belong in Families
Bopoma Villages comes alongside grandmothers and other caregivers to strengthen and equip them to provide homes and care for orphaned children. For children who have become separated from their caregivers, we provide temporary care while our team conducts extensive family tracing to reunite them with family members. If this is not possible, we work to place children in a loving family in the community. Bopoma Villages works with community volunteers to help families care for more than 450 orphaned children.
Keeping Kids in School
Zimbabweans place a high value on education, but many families cannot afford school fees and face other obstacles that prevent them from sending their children to school. One way we equip communities to provide for orphaned children is to help families register and keep their children in school.