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ZIMBABWE - The National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Phase II

ZIMBABWE - The National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Phase II

Non-traditional ‘family’ is now a feature in many communities in Zimbabwe, where children are being raised, by their siblings – sometimes themselves still children, by grandparents, by friends and/or neighbours. The composition of these non-traditional families is fluid and actively changes shape as children move within and between households, grandparents die, sibling caregivers move on or get married etc. The NAP II, implemented through the Child Protection Fund, aims to strengthen these households and build healthy and supportive family environments.

Whole Press Release:
"The National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Phase II (2011-2015) through the Child Protection Fund
will be launched by the Honourable Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Amai J T R Mujuru on 27th September 2011 in Harare.

Emphasising household resilience the theme of the NAP II, as chosen by children is
“Empowering Families to Ensure Love, Protection and Identity for Children”

Non-traditional ‘family’ is now a feature in many communities in Zimbabwe, where children are being raised, by their siblings – sometimes themselves still children, by grandparents, by friends and/or neighbours. The composition of these non-traditional families is fluid and actively changes shape as children move within and between households, grandparents die, sibling caregivers move on or get married etc. The NAP II, implemented through the Child Protection Fund, aims to strengthen these households and build healthy and supportive family environments.

Mainly as a consequence of one of the most severe HIV epidemics in the world, there are 1 million orphaned children in Zimbabwe; 60% live in the poorest households in the country.

Zimbabwe has been at the forefront of the response to the epidemic for the last decade, starting with the original National Action Plan; this new plan incorporates best practice from around the world including addressing child protection and household poverty in an integrated manner.
The Child Protection Fund is an innovative partnership between the Government of Zimbabwe and donors, DFID (United Kingdom), SIDA, (Sweden), the Netherlands and the EC, that will support the implementation of the NAP II. Already USD 45 million of the needed USD75 million has been mobilized. Government has also committed approximately USD 20 million. The aim is to reach 55,000 of the poorest HHS with the first national scale cash transfer programme for child protection and 25,000 children with critical child protection services and access to justice.

An investment in child protection services is a re-investment in the social welfare sector Zimbabwe is famous for and will help to provide wrap-around support that vulnerable children and their families need to survive and thrive.