Children are Protected and Participating
What we want to do:
We want to see children who know they are loved by God and their neighbours, and who are cared for, protected and participating in the decisions that affect them and their lives. We are working towards this by:
- Ensuring families and communities understand children’s rights
- Helping families understand the importance of birth registration
- Making sure children live in safe communities with adequate places to play and develop
- Making sure children are respected and allowed to participate in decisions that affect them
- Mobilising communities and churches to act on issues of injustice
What's the Problem?
Limited knowledge about the rights of children coupled with religious and cultural practices that inhibit children in realising their full potential, especially girl children. This, coupled with poor referral systems, makes it hard to seek support when children’s rights are not being respected and the inability of children to gain access to their birth certificates due to knowledge and policy gaps.
How is World Vision addressing these issues?
We are working with parents, community and religious leaders to ensure everyone—including children—understand and respect the rights of children. World Vision is also partnering with faith leaders and churches in raising awareness on child rights issues.
Is What World Vision doing working?
Yes! In 2020, a total of 68,242 children were registered for World Vision Zimbabwe's sponsorship programme where the model emphasises pooling of funds for shared community benefits, although it is individual children that are registered to specific sponsors. However, occasionally sponsors opt to give beyond their community benefit commitment which directly benefits a child's family in the form of Gift Notifications.