Khayelihle Children’s Village (KCV)
Let's Bring Change through Kids
Khayelihle Children’s Village (KCV) is a beautiful home to about 50 orphaned and vulnerable children. KCV was established in 1994 when over 22.5 million Africans were living with HIV/AIDS. While the AIDS epidemic has waned, the economic situation in Zimbabwe still means that parents feel compelled to abandon their children. KCV now operates on a reconnection model, seeking out the extended family of the children that come to them and reuniting them where it is safe and supportive for the children. Living in a family is the best thing for the child. The village is warm and welcoming place, organised into family units, which becomes their family in the meantime.
At KCV, the kids live in family groups with a variety of ages in each of six households. House mothers, fathers and aunties look after the children. They are fed, clothed and loved by the staff and have access to a good education. The KCV children are highly regarded at their schools. KCV is a vibrant community of children becoming capable and committed citizens, providing opportunities for them to excel in sport, music and any other endeavour they pursue.
Re-connection with Relatives
KCV seeks the best outcome for the children and where relatives can be identified, KCV works with them to re-establish a relationship with their child and where it is safe and supportive for the children to do so, to return the child to live with the family. Financial support and livelihood training help families to support the child.
In Zimbabwe the mains electricity is unreliable and when it works it is expensive, so GMP is helping KCV install solar power to reduce their electricity bill and make their supply more reliable. Borehole pumps make up 75% of KCV’s consumption so they are the target for the installation. The fridge that keeps the milk cool before it goes to the dairy is also on solar power, making sure the milk is fresh to sell.
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