Rose of Sharon Orphanage – Zimbabwe
Current phase of support:
37 Double Orphans
80 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Harare is the capital and most populous city of Zimbabwe.
371 SQ. MILE 1,619,000 POP.
Zimbabwe is a land of political unrest, where fraud and intimidation have been used as political instruments since the late 1980s. Food shortages, inflation, and HIV/AIDS are among the reasons for the flight of thousands of Zimbabweans looking for work and escape from political oppression. HIV/AIDS affects a large percentage of the population.
Orphans tend to go unnoticed in a society with so many struggles.
It is the mission of Rose of Sharon to facilitate total transformation in the lives of children who previously lived under severe and desperate circumstances, and to help them realize their full potential in life. Rose of Sharon Orphanage is a registered private voluntary organization that provides far more than orphan care. They provide shelter, food, clothing, education, health care, and counseling to orphaned and vulnerable children, who would have nothing otherwise. Their director also hopes to begin projects soon that will make the home more self-sustainable and better able to minister to the community at large.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
5 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
Of the 1.2 million orphans in Zimbabwe, more than 890,000 were orphaned due to HIV/AIDS.
In Zimbabwe, refraining from physical discipline is seen as a sign of weakness in a parent. Because of this and other factors, Zimbabwe has disturbingly high rates of child abuse, both physical and sexual.
Approximately 68% of the population of Zimbabwe lives below the national poverty line and unemployment is outrageously high.
With the severity of the economic conditions in Zimbabwe, abandoning children is quite common.
Approximately 13% of children in Zimbabwe are engaged in child labor. This is not only physically and emotionally harmful to the child, but also interferes with educational opportunity.
The home has three main buildings: one for children under 12 years of age, one for boys and one for girls. The property is large and accommodating, with a farming project and plenty of space for the children to roam and play.
The children's diet is not ideal due to hyperinflation in Zimbabwe. Currently, they receive porridge and bread for breakfast, a snack of bread in the afternoon, and thick porridge with vegetables, soy beans, and occasionally small fish or a bit of meat at dinner. However, they are working on a sustainable farming project to offset their food budget and provide the children with a more reliably nutritious diet.
All of the children attend a fantastic local church, where they are taught the principles of following Christ. In addition, the orphanage has daily devotions and times of prayer and Bible study with the children.
Rose of Sharon operates their own school, open to both the children living in the home and the surrounding community. Recently, Serving Orphans Worldwide had the privilege of shipping several computers to Rose of Sharon on behalf of a generous donor.