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Support African Children Access Education & Health

by Action Change (Formally GVI Trust)
Support African Children Access Education & Health
Support African Children Access Education & Health
Support African Children Access Education & Health
Support African Children Access Education & Health
Support African Children Access Education & Health
Support African Children Access Education & Health
Support African Children Access Education & Health
Support African Children Access Education & Health

Dear Supporters,

 

Having an identity has never been more important. Yet, there are millions of children whose birth is not registered, and therefore not recognised. If a child’s birth is not registered, they are not issued with a birth certificate, and without a birth certificate, the child does not have a legal identity. Without a legal identity, their civil rights are violated. 

 

Many children across Africa lack a birth certificate, and consequently they lack a legal identity. Without a legal identity children cannot access education, healthcare, legal services. In addition, they are not able to open bank accounts, pay taxes, get drivers licences, get married or travel across borders. The consequences of not having a legal identity are therefore extensive and therefore often just the case for people living in extreme poverty. Whilst the cost of a birth certificate is often small, the ability to travel to register birth for people living in rural areas is often too expensive. Consequently the children will not form part of the system, and be able to access the benefits which form part of such a system. Thus, in the light of COVID-19 and its health as well as economic side-effects are making the situation worse for those living in poverty. As people are no longer able to earn a living due to lockdowns or restrictions, more families are forced into poverty, and less families will be able to afford to travel to register the birth of their children. What makes the issue worse is the importance of a safety net, in particular healthcare, during the time of a pandemic. 

 

This is why the GVI Trust is taking on greater responsibility of assisting families living in poverty in rural areas in getting the logistical and emotional support needed to register the birth of children. This is a task which is not always easy in case a child is considered an orphan as it would further involve finding witnesses which will vouch for the child's identity, a process where GVI together with their partners gets involved.

 

It is every child’s right to have a birth certificate. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 target goal is to provide legal identity for all including birth registration by 2030. This project therefore seeks to turn the promises of SDGs into reality through assisting vulnerable children with transport and other logistics needed to acquire birth certificates. By donating $10 you are not only providing a child with a legal identity but with the possibility to access governmental services such as school and healthcare.

 

Thank you to our Donors, Fundraisers and Supporters! 

 

With Gratitude,

 

Africa Paperless Children

 

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Give children access to their identity

Dear Supporters,

 

It is every child’s right to have a birth certificate. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 target goal is to provide legal identity for all including birth registration by 2030. This project therefore seeks to turn the promises of SDGs into reality through assisting vulnerable children with transport and other logistics needed to acquire birth certificates. 

 

In January, the GVI Trust committed to support 50 children in gaining a legal identity which would allow them to access government resources such as public education, healthcare and later in life be able to get drivers licences, open bank accounts, travel and much more.

 

The GVI Trust is collaborating with local NGOs and government officials to provide Zimbabwean children without a legal identity with birth certificates. This initially involved collaborating with social workers to identify paperless children in rural parts of Zimbabwe. Once the beneficiaries had been identified, a case opened for each child to find people who would vouch for the children's identity. Finally, the GVI Trust worked with grassroots organisations to provide the transport needed into Harare to sign and receive the paperwork. In addition, experienced staff provided emotional support to the children and their extended family during the paperwork process which can be quite intense. This three stage process required the involvement of government officials, local NGOs, the GVI Trust as well as the beneficiaries. Whilst the process is temporarily put on hold due to covid-19. The GVI Trust managed to secure that nine children got birth certificates prior to Zimbabwe implementing a national lockdown.As covid-19 is sweeping across the world, birth certificates have never been more important as children need to be able to access healthcare services in case of emergency. 

 

It is with your continued support that we can make an impactful and long-lasting impact in the community by tackling the root causes of lack of education and healthcare. We are grateful for your generosity and it goes without saying that the GVI Trust and all its donors, play a vital role in making a sustainable and impacting difference to the lives of many children across Zimbabwe. 

 

Thank you to our Donors, Fundraisers and Supporters! 

 

With Gratitude,

 

Africa Paperless Children

 

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Dear Supporters,

 

Without a legal identity, it becomes impossible, and in some cases, illegal for children to participate in activities required by society such as attending school and utilise services needed to ensure a decent life, such as seeking medical advice. In Zimbabwe, this is the reality of thousands of children, particularly those living in rural areas. In December, the GVI Trust together with local partners on the ground, started the preparation to provide 50 children with the financial and emotional support needed to get a legal identity.

 

In the end of September the GVI Trust visited a couple of schools in rural Zimbabwe which were experiencing severe lack of resources and secure infrastructure in Zimbabwe. When asked by local partners about the desperate state of the school, the Trust was informed that it was not recognised by the government as it was serving children which fell outside of the system. In Zimbabwe, a nation which faced high numbers of HIV/AIDS and high migration to South Africa has resulted in many children without their parents present. Consequently, the caretaker will not have the drive or resources necessary to ensure that the children get registered, leaving them paperless and without a legal identity. And without an identity, the children cannot get access to attend government schools; get access to recognised healthcare; apply to university and stipend; get a drivers licence; get a job on the formal market; get a drivers licence; apply for passports and visas; nor open a bank account. This will contribute to continued poverty and increase the inequalities which are already increasing. 

 

Therefore, rather than to invest in expensive infrastructure to cater for the children, the GVI Trust have decided to rather tackle the root causes of the problem, than to provide a temporary solution which only address one of the consequences of the lack of legal identity. To start, we will help 50 children in the rural area of Zimbabwe to get the paperwork, logistical and emotional support needed to go through the process. At this stage, our local partners are working together with social services to identify the beneficiaries who are in the most dired need of our support prior to opening a case. This is not to simply assist the individual child, but to reduce economic burden and stress on their families and to ensure that the coming generation will be born at hospitals and have the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of a legal identity.

 

It is with your continued support that we can make an impactful and long-lasting impact in the community by tackling the root causes of lack of education and healthcare. We are grateful for your generosity and it goes without saying that the GVI Trust and all its donors, play a vital and essential role in making a sustainable and impacting difference to the lives of many children across Zimbabwe. 

Your choice to support what we do in the field daily not only provides financial assistance to the projects but helps to bring hope to the community. We look forward to welcoming new and existing donors in the future, to join us on this remarkable journey.

 

With Gratitude

 

Zimbabwe Paperless

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Action Change (Formally GVI Trust)

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Daniel Sitarenios
London, London United Kingdom

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