CVCIP Backgound & History

The Chipinge Vulnerable children Intervention Programme Organisation was founded in 2008 based on the vision of its Founder and director, Mr Luke Mugobo. He was touched by the plight of the children with no one to help, in Zimbabwe whose talents and abilities are put to a waste. The number of street children in Zimbabwe is between 4700 according to youth with a mission 2011.The Republic of Zimbabwe's Ministry of Youth, Culture, and Sports defines youth as those from age 14 to 35 years and according to EICV3 the number of youth is about 4, 2 million. The ratio of street kids to the average number of youths in the country is about 0.2%. Zimbabwe street kids are coming from the poor classes, they are orphans or they were rejected by families. Unfortunately some are runaway Children. A runaway is a minor or a person under an arbitrary age, who has left their parent or legal guardian without permission, or has been dismissed by their parent and is considered by the government to lack the capacity to live under his or her own accord. They are also referred to as a throwaway. Statistics show that 75% of runaways are female children and kids. The root cause of this is largely the poverty, running away from punishment and other forms of abuse some have their rights that were violated by their parents, foster parents and community. Some young children get in the street for prostitution at an early stage due to the effects of poverty and they engage in street life to fend for themselves. The HIV and AIDS pandemic is leaving some children without parents and finally find their way into the streets.

The Chipinge Vulnerable Children Intervention Programme organisation intends to cover the gap and challenges raised by a number of studies that reveals psychological factors that includes polygamy, remarriages of parents, and abuse within foster families. The effects of HIV & AIDS in Zimbabwe also affect the children as they lost their parents and failed to go to school. The affected people are now parents too and have no means to look after their children and some find their way into the streets. It is against this background that the Chipinge Vulnerable Children Intervention Programme organisation was established. It will work with government and enrol the children and make them follow a well-developed curriculum that will turn them to do self-job at the low end of the pyramid. This will help the Zimbabwe government to deal with social economic challenges of the country. The Chipinge vulnerable children intervention programme proposal fit well in the Zimbabwe Millennium Development Goal (MDG) by emphasizing education's ability to reduce poverty and promote economic development and sustainability. The MDG focus on reaching 100% literacy rate.