Zimbabwe has an estimated 1.8 million orphans, mostly due to HIV/AIDS. Poverty, AIDS and economic collapse has severely weakened the extended family which has traditionally played a vital role of being the natural carer of the orphaned child. Moreover, the sheer numbers of AIDS orphans have overwhelmed other support services that have traditionally played a complimentary role in orphan care. Many children are destitute, hungry and lacking education with no way out without external help.
Because most orphan households have no financial resources to purchase livestock or seed, this program makes resources available to them in order to support their efforts at building their capacity to sustain themselves. Thus, the project will leave orphan families better positioned to actively participate in livelihood activities and for children's nutritional levels to improve. This project will help these children become self-sufficient.
1. 75% of children will maintain or gain weight by the end of the second year of the project 2. 85% of the children will return to school after three years on the program because they can afford school supplies and uniforms 3. 80% of the girls who head up the homes will return to school by the end of the second year of the project. 4. The visits to the doctor by 80% of the children will be reduced by 65% by the end of the third year due to good nutrition derived from the project.
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