Kuda Vana Children’s Home near Mutare, Zimbabwe, is a refuge of love and opportunity for abandoned and abused children. Amistad has been a sponsor of this home for many years. (The former name, at a different location, was Murwira Children’s Home.) The current KVCH campus, built in 2015, is on a lake, has large gardens and a year-round water supply. The five group homes, administrator home and guest cottage were built in a circle around a large playground centered in the circle. One of the children’s homes is just for babies and toddlers.
Each home is staffed by Mamas and Aunties who provide love, home-cooked nutritional meals and emotional and spiritual guidance. The children attend school on campus where they are taught with a Cambridge-approved curriculum. The workshop has hand tools for the children to learn repairs, carpentry and other practical life skills. All of the children with sufficient age work in the campus garden and orchard, thus learning life-sustaining skills. The children are given opportunity for higher education off-campus as their interest and abilities enable them. The goal of KVCH is to equip the children to be their best selves and useful productive citizens of their land.