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Khayelihle Children’s Village (KCV)

Let's Bring Change through Kids

Khayelihle means “beautiful home” and is home for 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 many 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.

Holistic Care

At KCV, the kids live in family groups with a variety of ages in each of five 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. KCV is also working to find foster families for those children whose relatives cannot be located. Sometimes children are left on the doorstep of a church or hospital so KCV has little or no information about their parents. Finding foster families is challenging because of the difficult economic situation in Zimbabwe.

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Meet The Locals

Vimbai Vuma

Vimbai Vuma

I am the KCV Director.  My vision is to see vulnerable children at KCV grow in a family with love and Christian values, so that when they leave the village they are independent, reliable and God-fearing citizens. 

Thembelihle Mbambo

Thembelihle Mbambo

I am the Donor Child Sponsorship Relations Officer at KCV.  I help our children and their sponsors in Australia, New Zealand and America communicate with each other. I love working with the children. The children long for a family and my hope is that we can carefully connect them with relatives. Lots of our children struggle academically because they have had a difficult beginning in life. We want to help them find the right courses to get them into a job that they find fulfilling.

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