• Nearly one in four children in Zimbabwe has lost one or both parents; as many as 85% of these are children who lost their parents as a result of HIV and AIDS.
  • An additional 6% of children in Zimbabwe are considered ‘vulnerable’ due to factors like high poverty, disability, harmful cultural norms, and gender bias.
  • An estimated 168,000 children currently live with HIV, and more than 500,000 children are estimated to be out-of-school.
  • Adolescents and out-of-school youth often lack the skills they need to become successful adults. As a result, they are more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

Bantwana students reading in a classroom in ZimbabweIn Zimbabwe, Bantwana helps vulnerable children and families access quality services. Our innovative models of care are based on existing community structures and address children’s comprehensive needs. Bantwana strengthens the linkages and referral systems between community and government service providers, and works closely with the Government of Zimbabwe to strengthen the social welfare system.

Bantwana also provides youth work readiness training, gender-based violence prevention and survivor programming, and pediatric HIV testing and treatment. Bantwana trains community learning facilitators, community health workers, and child care workers to ensure vulnerable children and caregivers in Zimbabwe have access to health, education, protection and livelihoods services.

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