In Zimbabwe, 1.3 million people are living with HIV. Tafara* is one child who’s been impacted by the prevalence of HIV.

When Tafara was 4-years-old, his father tragically died. Sadly, Tafara and his mother were chased away from their home by his father’s family. They were plunged into a life of poverty and hopelessness.

With his mother struggling to provide their basic needs and unable to pay Tafara’s school fees, he was forced to drop out of school. Tafara’s story mirrors that of many vulnerable children in Gokwe, Zimbabwe.

Without an opportunity for education and his mother’s health deteriorating, Tafara’s future was looking bleak. However, after an encounter with a former beneficiary of ONC, everything changed for Tafara and his mother. Tafara was enrolled into the ONC program, and with provision for his school fees and supplies, he returned to school! Tafara was an eager student, gaining good grades and later appointed head boy of his school. Sadly, Tafara’s mother passed away from HIV-related disease, but he wasn’t left abandoned like so many other orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. After his mother’s death, Tafara was blessed with care and support from the ONC team. 

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The educational opportunities Tafara received through ONC changed the direction of his life. Bessie, an ONC field officer, said, “Tafara is a living testimony of a transformed life. When he received educational assistance, he was so hopeful. Now, he can make positive decisions.”

Tafara, now 18, has passed his O level exams and is keen to pursue further study to become a lawyer. Tafara and his mother were left destitute and suffered greatly after the death of his father and losing their paternal home. Tafara dreams of making a difference in the lives of other families like his.

Bessie explained, “Tafara said that if he becomes a lawyer, he will fight for other orphaned children. He will assist widows and orphans inherit their property when their father dies.”

Operation Neighbour Care (ONC) is a project of SIM’s Hope For Life initiative, seeking to demonstrate Jesus’ love to families affected by HIV and AIDS in rural Gokwe. ONC gives educational support to orphans and vulnerable children. A gift of $60 will enable ONC to cover one child’s school fees for half a year and provide them with essential school supplies.

*Name changed to protect identity. Representative image used.
Photo: UDAZKENA/Alamy

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*Donation of $2 and above to SIM's Hope for Life Fund is tax-deductible. Should a project raise funds in excess of its target, we will apply it to a similar project where most needed.