An Assessment of Capernaum Trust projects in the care and protection of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). A case of Bindura rural
Nyanhewe, Deon M.
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The aim of this study was to assess the Capernaum Trust projects and services in the care and protection of orphans and vulnerable children living in Bindura Rural. The study objectives were to identify the nature of projects which are being implemented by Capernaum trust for OVC in Bindura rural, to determine how the Capernaum Trust projects are meeting the rights of OVC in Bindura rural and to explore the challenges being faced by Capernaum Trust in implementing projects for the care and protection of OVC in Bindura Rural. The study used a qualitative research paradigm and sampled 14 children, 9 parents/guardians and 3 key informants for interviews. The study revealed that HIV and AIDS is the major reason for the orphan hood and vulnerability of the children in Zimbabwe. The study participants mentioned a delay in fees payment, unequal access to food and medical assistance to all of them as challenges under the care and protection of Capernaum Trust scholarship. From the study findings it is recommended that Capernaum Trust should help all the children in a household rather than helping only one or two because the existence of a vulnerable child in a family means the other children are also vulnerable, it should also take an initiative to provide the parents/ guardians of the beneficiaries with some capital to enhance their income generating projects especially to the most vulnerable households, also the recommendation is on improving the time of payment of fees and their monitoring and evaluation of their projects. Again Non-Governmental Organisations should collaborate to work together to better assist the orphans and vulnerable children in rural areas.