Friends Of Matthew Rusike Childrens Home

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1 Grange Hill,
SE25 6SX


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Creating a brighter future for the children of Zimbabwe

Today, the Matthew Rusike organisation is one of Zimbabwe’s largest child welfare agencies caring for the country’s deprived children.  Taking children from often appalling backgrounds, its aim is to develop secure, well adjusted individuals, able to make a positive contribution to society.

The Epworth residential home cares for about 150 children from babies to 18-year-olds.  Many have been abandoned by mothers too poor to keep them.  Others have been abused or malnourished or have lost parents to HIV/Aids.  Some, born to infected parents, have HIV/Aids themselves.

The children live with house mothers in small, caring family groups.  Professional staff help  look after each child’s total needs - the social, emotional and spiritual as well as the physical. 

Although residential care is the only option for some children, the organisation prefers to help deprived children in their own social setting, which is better for the child and means that scarce funds go further.  As well as running the home, the organisation helps around 7,000 children within their local community.

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