The Makumbi Children’s Home consists of eight houses, or families. In every family there is a mother who takes care of the children and every house is home to about nine or ten children. The mothers provide care for them day and night. Many of our children are traumatized and have experienced dire times.
Their parents were struck by blows of fate or the Aids epidemic which is very wide-spread in Zimbabwe. Unlike the children we’re filming, many do not have a happy home. A few of the children’s parents are still alive, but cannot cope with raising them. The public youth welfare service has to take care of them. In many cases the family background is unknown. The children were abandoned or left in the hospital as newborns, some out of hardship and some out of lack of conscience. They find shelter and security with the Jesuits and the Sisters of Makumbi.
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