49 BOYS

62 GIRLS

53 DOUBLE ORPHANS

ORPHAN CRISIS IN ZIMBABWE

Like most African countries, Zimbabwe has a whole host of underlying issues that adversely affect its citizens. Systemic problems such as high crime rates due to unemployment, lack of access to clean water and adequate social services makes the poor living conditions difficult to overcome.

 

Despite being Zimbabwe’s leading political, financial, and commercial center, the city of Harare is home to thousands of children orphaned by AIDS. This growing crisis has overwhelmed local communities and extended families across the city, resulting in orphanages exceeding capacity, an increase in children living on the streets and households headed by minors under 18. Children orphaned by AIDS face a wide range of problems. Often, extended family members are not able or willing to take on the responsibility of caring for an orphaned child due to poverty and inability to provide the medical attention they need.  In addition, AIDS orphans are often stigmatized, and as a result, they are deprived of school tuition, food, clothing and sometimes shelter. Unfortunately, due to the stigma that surrounds these deaths, extended family are reluctant to care for these children because of fear that they might bring the disease into their homes. Children who have been orphaned or abandoned in Zimbabwe face many dangers, and rely on children’s homes like Rose of Sharon to provide immediate relief from the harsh realities they would otherwise face.

ROSE OF SHARON CHILDREN’S HOME

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. Recently, Rose of Sharon’s Founder and Director, Dr. Fatima Maruta,  was the recipient of two accolades at the Zimbabwe National Women’s Awards. Dr. Maruta was listed among Zimbabwe’s Top 100 Influential Women of 2018, and Rose of Sharon received “Organization of the Year 2018”. These awards recognize the organization’s leadership, excellence and influence in their community.

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.

PROMINENT ISSUES

Abuse

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.

Destitution

Approximately 68% of the population of Zimbabwe lives below the national poverty line and unemployment is outrageously high. Poverty is a common factor in child abandonment.

HIV/ AIDS

Zimbabwe is home to more than 1.3 million children orphaned by Aids. AIDS orphans experience discrimination as well as a host of other vulnerabilities. 

HOME

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.

EDUCATION

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.

FAITH

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.

HEALTH

The children are taken to a local clinic when a medical issue arises. Depending on how serious the issue is, and resources available, they are taken to a nearby hospital. The children have received all the vaccinations as recommended by their public health organization, and medical screening tests are administered regularly. 

SPONSOR THIS HOME

Rose of Sharon Zimbabwe – Sponsorship Needs

$1,300 of $42,000 raised

This year, we have a goal to help improve the quality of care for these amazing children, and we need your help. Your gift will help provide education, a safe home, health, and adult mentors who can share the Love of Christ. Our promise to you is that 100% will go directly to the home.

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CHILDREN AT ROSE OF SHARON IN NEED OF SPONSORSHIP

Tatenda, 4 years old -Zimbabwe

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Tatenda, 4 years old -Zimbabwe

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Tatenda came to Rose of Sharon right after she was born. She is still very young, but all of her caregivers can see that she is very bright for her age. Tatenda loves to play with toys and color pictures.

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Makanaka, 6 years old -Zimbabwe

Hi I'm Makanaka! Age 6 I currently live in Zimbabwe Makanaka is a very friendly young…

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Makanaka, 6 years old -Zimbabwe

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I currently live in Zimbabwe

Makanaka is a very friendly young girl. She loves to have conversations with anyone who will listen. She is also a very curious child, always asking questions to her caregivers and teachers. Makanaka's favorite thing to do is her school work.

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Kudzai, 7 years old -Zimbabwe

Hi I'm Kudzai! Age 7 I currently live in Zimbabwe Kudzai is a funny and creative…

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Kudzai, 7 years old -Zimbabwe

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Kudzai is a funny and creative young boy. He can initially present as quiet and shy, but all of his friends love how fun he can be. Kudzai loves to play any kind of game that involves a ball, especially soccer.

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Mukudzei, 5 years old -Zimbabwe

Hi I'm Mukudzei! Age 5 I currently live in Zimbabwe Although she is still very young,…

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Mukudzei, 5 years old -Zimbabwe

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Although she is still very young, Mukudzei is a very adventurous and outgoing child. She loves trying new things. When asked what her favorite thing to do was, Mukudzei said that she loves to eat! Mukudzei is always smiling and is a joy to be around!

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Loveness, 9 years old -Zimbabwe

Hi I'm Loveness! Age 9 I currently live in Zimbabwe Loveness is a very bright and…

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Loveness, 9 years old -Zimbabwe

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Age 9

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Loveness is a very bright and active young girl. She loves to help others. Often times, she can be seen sweeping floors and cleaning in various places around the home simply because she enjoys helping. Loveness loves to learn and enjoys going to school.

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Vimbai, 4 years old, Zimbabwe

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Vimbai, 4 years old, Zimbabwe

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Age 4

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Vimbai is a very bright and energetic young girl. Her favorite thing to do is play with her dolls. Because of her young age, she says very few words. However, while she may not say much, she loves to laugh, and her laugh is contagious around the home.

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Keisha, 8 years old, Zimbabwe

Hi I'm Keisha! Age 8 I currently live in Zimbabwe Keisha loves spending time with the…

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Keisha, 8 years old, Zimbabwe

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Hi I'm Keisha!

Age 8

I currently live in Zimbabwe

Keisha loves spending time with the younger children in the home, helping them with whatever they need. Keisha's favorite thing to do is throw balls and other items. One day, she would love to become a nurse so she can help others.

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Moses, 11 years old, Zimbabwe

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Moses, 11 years old, Zimbabwe

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Age 11

I currently live in Zimbabwe

Moses is a very caring and compassionate child, who has been at Rose of Sharon Children's home since he was born. He loves to help others and make new friends. Moses loves to swim and play soccer. He is also a very talented musician. He sings very well and also plays the drums.

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Sharon, 11 years old, Zimbabwe

Hi I'm Sharon! Age 11 I currently live in Zimbabwe Sharon is an energetic young girl.…

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Sharon, 11 years old, Zimbabwe

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Hi I'm Sharon!

Age 11

I currently live in Zimbabwe

Sharon is an energetic young girl. She loves to sing and dance and is very talented at both. She also enjoys playing a Zimbabwean version of hockey and is extremely competitive. One day, she would love to become a flight attendant and travel all over the world.

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Jayden, 5 years old, Zimbabwe

Hi I'm Jayden! Age 5 I currently live in Zimbabwe Although Jayden is young, his caregivers…

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Jayden, 5 years old, Zimbabwe

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Hi I'm Jayden!

Age 5

I currently live in Zimbabwe

Although Jayden is young, his caregivers at the home can already see that he is very intelligent and eager to learn. Jayden is in pre-school and loves to do his school work. Jayden is very outgoing, always laughing and often leading other children in various activities.

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