Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Hope for the Orphan – Cause of the Month April 2013


Hope for the Children

As Allen and Janelle Avery were working in Zimbabwe during the last two decades, they became increasingly disturbed by the growing number of orphan children left by the AIDS/HIV pandemic. They felt it was paramount that they respond in some way to this crisis. Because the vast majority of orphaned children remain within the extended family structure, a vision was placed in the Avery’s hearts to focus on those children in their extended families who were not thriving there due to a lack of finances.

Hope For the Orphan, is located and ministers to children in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The ministry of Themba is directed toward destitute children who have lost one of more of their parents. Themba helps 147 of these children and their caregivers by providing school fees and uniforms, securing medical care for both children and caregivers, and by providing spiritual and emotional nurture for the family.

According to the latest UNAIDS report, both Zambia and Zimbabwe continue to have a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, but since the late 1990’s there has been a definite decline in new infections in Zimbabwe. It is now estimated that 15% of the population is infected with the AIDS virus, down from almost 30% in 1998. In 2008 in Zimbabwe, there were 1.1 million orphaned children ** (see below for the definition of “orphan “). This is out of a total population of 13 million. The life expectancy for men has decreased to only 45 years, and for women to 44 years. The decline in new infections is good news, by God’s grace.

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