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Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children – Yvette

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We are sometimes asked about Esther and Tino’s older sister, Yvette, who featured briefly in our film Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children.

Yvette ran away from their abusive Uncle to live on the streets of Harare. She fell pregnant at 16 and gave birth to a little boy called Blessing. Together, they lived on the streets for as long as they could- as you can imagine, this was an extremely difficult time for her.

We finally managed to track her down and tried to help her, however she was very confused. One day she came to us asking for help as she could no longer look after Blessing and desperately wanted to go back to school.

With the help of SOS Children’s Village we managed to find Blessing a home together with Esther and Tino. Yvette was given the opportunity to attend a good school, however she could not cope and we have since been unable to find her again. Unfortunately the trauma of her childhood and the suffering she endured meant that Yvette was a very troubled girl – we are all very sad about how things turned out for her and hope that one day she will return safely.

In the meantime Tino has built a very special bond with Blessing, and both she and Esther look after him.  

tino and blessing

                                           Tino and Blessing

Starving Children in Zimbabwe

Obert’s school friends are starving in Zimbabwe

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You all saw the clip in the film, Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children where Obert and his friends spent hours trying to catch a small bird and then sat eating every delicate piece of meat he could get off its tiny bones.  It had been his first bit of food for days.

We have received an extremely distressing report from the Headmaster of Obert’s old rural area school to say absenteeism is at an all-time high due to severe food shortages in the area.  Children are weak or ill due to relentless suffering from hunger.

In January 2013 the school had a freak weather system come through which destroyed their agriculture plot and years of hard work.  However this agriculture plot is an education tool and can only feed so many children, it is not enough to cover the majority.

For £30 you can pay a child’s school fees and help us expand their agriculture plot to feed more children.  We are working together with the school to focus on this crisis for 2014 but we desperately need the funding from you, our devoted donors.  We have worked so hard to reduce absenteeism to only 4% and give these children an education, but how can they absorb this without nutrition?

Obert is doing very well at boarding school and exceling in his subjects.  We have high hopes for his future in being a part of helping his beloved community, but for now his friends are suffering in a way he knows so well and he finds this heart-breaking.  Please help Obert’s friends, the way you helped him!