Zimbabwe

Children's Village Tariro Haven

Children’s Village Tariro Haven

The children’s village “Tariro Haven” was founded in July 2022 in Zimbabwe to give children who live on the streets and are on their own a home again. Children of kindergarten age are to be given priority. They are particularly vulnerable, exposed to violence and abuse, and potential victims of drug use.

The Children’s Village is being built on the site of a former nursery, which will be continued by the Children’s Village as an income-generating business.

The plan is to build ten family houses for orphans by the end of 2023. L’ESPERANCE has the task of coordinating and financing this.

From 2024, a kindergarten, schools and a vocational school are to be added. The Zimbabwean foundation “Bridging the Gap” has agreed to bear the costs for their construction. 

General Manager Sirewu Mazuru already lives on the site in one of the few makeshift shelters.

Agriculture Manager Kingsley Matizha is ensuring that the nursery operation continues smoothly. The on-site team plans to take in the first children as early as 2023. 

More than 22,000 children in Zimbabwe live on the streets, suffer from hunger, have no access to education and are without medical care.  Dr. Jonathan Musvosvi, former head of the Adventist Union in Zimbabwe, approached L’ESPERANCE Kinderhilfe and asked us to help the orphans there. He and his family assured us of their support on the ground – a valuable offer when you want to work in a country whose language, customs and laws you do not know. 

The search for land initially came to nothing. Then Pastor Mosvosvi suddenly received an unexpected visit from Kingsley Matizha, church leader and manager of a market garden in the capital, Harare. Casually, the conversation turned to a plot of land for sale: 105 hectares of fertile riverfront land, four hours from the capital. The owner had once been trained by Kingsley in the gardener’s trade. 

Our incapacity is God’s opportunitiy. The father of the widows and orphans had the suitable property for the children’s village. This is how it all started.

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