Scripture Union Zimbabwe

Scripture Union Zimbabwe (SUZ) is working to reduce the number of children living and working on the streets of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, through the Thuthuka Project (meaning “to rise up”). SUZ estimates that 90% of these children have lost one or both parents, indicating that being an orphan is still one of the major reasons children resort to street life.

E3’s support is helping SUZ to transform the lives of these children, who are struggling to survive and are vulnerable to abuse and illegal activities. The project leader is Skholiwe Ncube. Through partnership with E3, SUZ is:

  • Reaching out to 150 children in 2018, through day and night street visits to build relationships and providing basic rights (health/medication, play, education, psycho-social support, shelter, food and clothing).
  • Caring for 17 children who were very vulnerable and were living on the streets.
  • Facilitating reunification and reintegration of children living on the streets with their families.
  • Advocating for the rights of more than 400 children living on the streets.
  • Budget: £8,000

John is the youngest boy at the Scripture Union Zimbabwe Centre for street children. The team are overjoyed at the progress he is making at school. He is an academic and achieved 86% in English and 90% in Maths and his local language in his last school report (January 2018). His teacher said “You have worked extremely hard this term. Keep up the good work.” Pictured here, John meets Father Christmas and is over the moon with his gift. (Note: John is not his real name.)