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Child Headed Households Relief

Zimbabwe is currently facing political socio and economic challenges which has adversely affected most of the poor people who are living below poverty datum line. The incessant drought which the country has experienced has resulted in food crises in the country. The poor have become poorer and more unable to adequately provide for their families. The impact of HIV and AIDS pandemic has left no part unscathed with children heading households carrying the heavy burden of providing care and support to their siblings. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the plight of child headed households and incapacitated them making it difficult for them to provide food for themselves and their siblings.

Child Headed Households (CHH) means of survival have been affected with lockdowns as they could not be able to undertake livelihood activities for their survival. This has affected their livelihood because most of them used to survive on meager income generated from their informal businesses.

The hyperinflation which is currently above 700% has seen skyrocketing of prices making it impossible for child headed households to afford basic food stuff and the COVID-19 lockdowns has left them in need of food assistance.

The project therefore seeks to provide assistance to food insecure child headed households and this will alleviate their situation and meet their immediate nutrition requirements. The food insecurity inevitably requires child headed households to be assisted so as to avoid negative coping activities that may result in more children engaging in criminal activities, prostitution, drug abuse and resorting to live on the streets. Child headed households are vulnerable and can be exposed to corona virus as they hassle for survival.

Child Headed Homes

What we plan to do

SwiZim Trust will be rolling out support for child-headed households in Nkulumane, Bulawayo Zimbabwe. One of the greatest effects of HIV and AIDS was the emergence of Child headed households. The traditional safety nets that used to provide support have been broken down and children had to assume adult responsibilities of providing care and support to their siblings. Most of the child-headed households survive on meager income generated from informal trade and with the COVID-19 pandemic their situation has been worsened. The current lockdowns have incapacitated them and they are unable to provide for their families. 

SWIZIM Trust intends to provide relief to child-headed households and therefore appeals for donations. The program will reach out to 500 child-headed households with food hampers and this will go a long way in alleviating their situation. 

Currently, we are fundraising to raise USD8’985. We now have USD1’300.

Together we can make a difference by donating towards this worthy cause.

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A Child Headed Household is a family unit of which the oldest person living in the household is under the age of eighteen, and the responsibility of care in such a home is in the hands of a person younger than eighteen years. The responsible child ensures that other members of the family, normally children, have basic needs like food.

Child Headed Households occur when a parent or primary caregiver of a household is terminally ill or has died.There is no adult family member available to provide care for the children in the household and a child has assumed the role of a primary caregiver in respect of a child or children in the household in terms of providing food, clothing and psychological support.

Child Headed Households are living in very difficult circumstances without basic needs and sustained adult guidance. There is much to be done especially in African countries and societies that are highly affected by HIV and AIDS which has caused many deaths leaving children to head homes and take responsibility from a young age, there’s so much we can do to assist and ensure that they get the help that they need .what do you think should and can be done to make a child’s life a little better today? Whats your take on Child Headed Households? Now that you have this information are you willing to take action?