Child-Headed Households

Munhu takes a comprehensive approach to helping orphaned children: we are not only supporting their education and their life as heads of household, but we also try to improve the life of the communities in which these children live.

Munhu assists children who are heads of households.  In some instances, when parents die, there is no one to take care of the children left behind. The children are left to face life on their own. The older children, out of neccessity, find themselves heads of households; they need to provide for their younger siblings. We share some stories of the unbeliavable maturity we see in some of these children.                                                                              

Meet Joseph and Josephat

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Joseph and Josephat lost their parents at a young age and had to look after each other.  Munhu helped the boys to stay in school.

Joseph was born on 20 June 1990 and Josephat was born on 27 October 1992. The two boys lost their parents at the ages of 10 and 8 respectively. Because their father had migrated from his home village to another district, they didn’t have any relatives to take care of them. Joseph and Josephat had to mount the courage to face life on their own. Joseph took the role of supporting his younger brother.

They lived in dilapidated accomodations,  a mud hut used for a kitchen and another mud hut used for a bedroom. To earn money to buy food, the boys performed menial jobs for other villagers. They also herded their neighbors’s cattle in exchange for the neighbors ploughing thier piece of land to grow food.

Munhu reached out to help these two amazing brothers and kept them in school. Eventually, the two brothers were adopted by a local physician who sent them to a boarding school. They both completed high school.

Meet Fighton and his sister.

Fighton and his sister were being supported by a family from the US; however, the support stopped in June of 2011 as the economic downturn took a toll. Fighton is a very talented artist. Sadly he is no longer in our program but did benefit from it greatly in the past.  Please help Fighton to fulfill his dream as an artist.

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Below is a thank you letter that Fighton wrote to the family that supported them.