Zimbabwe (MNN) — Zimbabwe is facing some incredible challenges. Country director for Christian World Outreach Onias Tepera describes them. "We have 85% unemployment. We have challenges with food. Zimbabwe has been hit severely with AIDS, which has left 1.7 million children without parents."
Christian World Outreach is focusing on the children, says Tepera. "We care for 500 children. And 90% of our children have lost parents to HIV and AIDS."
Rather than establishing orphanages, CWO has "created a system where we place these kids in the villages where the parents left them," says Tepera. "We look for families to take care of them so we don't uproot them and put them in an institution."
CWO works with 12 villages, 15 schools, and 258 families. But that doesn't come close to meeting the need.
Tepera says your help is needed. "We have only 180 children that are fully supported. And we have about 220 children that still need support."
It costs just $33 a month to sponsor a child in one of CWO's Christian homes.
These kids get vocational training and the Gospel. "About 200 children have confessed Christ as their personal Savior. We help them understand what it means to confess Christ," says Tepera. Discipleship is important. The biggest challenge they have is finding sponsors and finding families in rural villages.