Radio Program

In partnership with PSI/Zimbabwe, Children First developed two radio campaign programs to raise awareness of children's issues and promote children's rights. Learn more…

Children First Applauded

U.S. Ambassador, David Bruce Wharton, pledges ongoing support for the Children First project.



How You Can Help

The success of Children First could not be achieved without the hard work and dedication of local staff and volunteers. Learn how you can help…

Photo of OVCs in Zimbabwe

Nearly 1 in 4 children in Zimbabwe has lost one or both parents, and as many as 85% of these orphans' parents died as a result of AIDS. An additional 6% of children in Zimbabwe are considered "vulnerable" and more than 168,000 children are currently living with HIV.

Orphaned and vulnerable children do best when they are supported and cared for in their own communities, among extended families, friends, and neighbors. Yet available resources are not getting to where they are most needed—to the communities where these children live. World Education, in collaboration with John Snow, Inc., and a diverse team of national and local partners and community groups, are working together to improve care and support, and ensure that resources are available for orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe.

By building the skills, resources, and networks of local programs already caring for orphaned and vulnerable children, Children First offers a different way of thinking, testing, and scaling efforts that will shape the next generation of youth in Zimbabwe.



Access to education remains a key challenge for orphans and other vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. Learn more…



Children First seeks to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe by developing and improving on proven models of care and support for orphans and vulnerable children. Learn more…

Social Protection


A child is far less likely to experience psychosocial stress if he/she has good natural support mechanisms.
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