Sponsor a Child Headed Household
One of the most devastating consequences of the AIDS crisis is that fewer orphans are being absorbed into their extended families. In many cases, there are no surviving relatives or relatives that are financial able to take in these orphans, leaving these children to care for themselves without an adult. This living situation is referred to as a “Child Headed Household” or (CHH).
The oldest child, often a teenager (or in some cases seven or eight years old), becomes the sole provider, caregiver and protector of the family, depriving them of their childhood and the opportunity to go to school. This also forces them to look for ways to provide for their siblings, which increases their vulnerability to child labor, HIV infections, and destructive sexual and cultural practices.
The houses many of these children live in are made out of mud bricks, grass, tree branches, dry banana leaves and any plastic they find to keep the rain out. With no men in their lives, their homes are in terrible need of repair. In many cases, the roofs no longer keep the rain out, the walls are cracked and have gaping holes, and the doors and windows (if any) are broken.
Consultations with government officials and community based groups reveal that the Zomba area suffers from the highest rates of Child Headed Households. This area also experiences the cruelest acts committed against orphans, especially those living in a CHH. Children in these households desperately need a strong caring adult in their lives. They need someone who will stand up for them, visit them, and begin to speak hope and grace into their situation.
How you can help: Your $60 a month sponsorship of a Child Headed Household allows the Passion Center to begin providing the resources that a parent would otherwise provide: protection, food, education, shelter, and loving support.