Zimbabwe, as per estimates, is home to over one million orphans and other vulnerable children (OVCs), most of whom are being looked after by their relatives.
Conversely, due to the increase in OVCs, the challenging socio-economic situation and limited support from the state, the kinship system is under severe strain, says social worker, Munyaradzi Muchacha.
The number of OVCs in the country is on the increase due to the impact of economic demise, high prevalence of extreme poverty, unemployment and HIV and AIDS.
These challenges increase the vulnerability of OVCs, in the process affecting their care as well as access to social services such as health care, social assistance and education.
Fourteen year old Zvisi Matara from Murewa in Mashonaland East Province was forced to leave primary school in order to help her grandparents following the death of her parents.
“My grandmother struggled to provide me and other…
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