Our Mission

Our Mission

Bantwana’s mission is to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable children and their caregivers and families affected by HIV and AIDS and poverty.

Three young students at a Bantwana program site in ZimbabweOrphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) do best when they are supported and cared for in their own communities, among extended families, friends, and neighbors. Yet available resources are not getting to where they are most needed—namely the communities in which these children live. By building the skills, resources, and networks of local organizations already caring for OVC, Bantwana harnesses the talents, creativity, and commitment of communities to develop local, innovative models of care that can meet people’s needs but also be scaled up.

Focusing on innovative approaches that support whole families and communities, we:

  • Expand and strengthen the efforts of community-based organizations
  • Develop and test effective models for comprehensive support that can be scaled up nationally and across the region
  • Build strong networks, resources, and partnerships that help communities help themselves