Township Kids

In one of Zimbabwe’s largest townships, just outside Harare we have been able to offer sponsorship opportunities to young children who live in extreme poverty but have the potential to advance well through education.  Township life can be brutal for these children – living squashed up in tin shacks with up to 11 others sharing scraps of food, whilst open sewers and rubbish bring severe health conditions and school is but a distant dream.  In many cases young girls end up pregnant and trapped in the cycle of poverty.

Unlike our rural area programmes where we try to reach as many children as possible, in the townships we have a select few whom we know personally and try to support entirely – if funding allows.  This includes school fees, uniforms, books, mahewu porridge, food hampers, access to health professionals, start-up income generating projects and in some instances – building a small home.  Their sponsorship depends very much on the child’s and family’s approach to the importance of education and working ie. do they help and support their children in school?  Are they willing to work towards being independent?

Living in the townships, nearer the cities is more expensive than the rural areas and, on average, sponsorship costs £25/month (or £12.50/month for shared sponsorship) for schooling and food.  Healthcare, income generation and building is done at the sponsor’s discretion and ability to finance.  We ask the children to communicate their appreciation and encourage them to write as often as they feel comfortable doing so.  It is vital to note that the protection and welfare of our children is of paramount importance and it is up to their families how much personal information they choose to divulge.  Results have been mixed with some children not managing the trauma and pressures of their environment no matter how much we all try to help, whilst others excel beyond our expectations and have wonderfully inspiring stories to share with their sponsors.

Please read Bridget’s story here if you are interested in sponsoring a township child, according to the costs and specifics mentioned above.  Please kindly contact sharon@zimbabweschildren.org or continue to our donate page here.  Thank you!

ZFC Young Obert of Project Batsirai

Rural Area Children

School fees in the rural areas cost £30/year and in the 9 primary schools and 7 ECD centres we work in that includes a daily meal and highly trained teachers.  Unfortunately we are unable, on most occasions, to offer personal communication and updates between our donors and children due to the expense and numbers of children we support.  We endeavour for over 92% of your donation to reach the schools and children, which would not be possible if we had the admin costs of individual sponsorship.  Instead we put your donations into providing 5,400 children with the best possible nutrition relief, quality education and life chances.  Periodically a teacher will identify a child or family who are having a crisis or whose child needs extra support due to a disability or is particularly gifted.  In this case we will do our best to pursue individual sponsors and work with the children and families to assist in their needs.  If you would like to donate towards our goal of keeping rural area children in school receiving all the benefits of our programmes and allowing us to reach even more then please click here.  It is only with your help that we can do it and are very grateful to all our donors.


In a remote village of the Makonde district lives 10-year-old Emmanuel who suffers from cerebral palsy and is looked after by an elderly aunt after his mother and father passed away.  Emmanuel is one child who was identified as needing specific assistance and whose family we have tried to support over the last few years, introducing them to rehabilitation programmes, help from organisations who train carers and donating day to day necessities.  We are currently fundraising for a new wheelchair for Emmanuel as he has grown out of his previous wheelchair.  If you would like to help us make Emmanuel’s life more comfortable and independent then please donate to this very worthwhile cause here – with the reference “Emmanuel”.  Thank you.