FAST FACTS ABout Zimbabwe and why we need Your HeLp:
About zimbabweAccording to a January, 2009 estimate, the average life expectancy in Zimbabwe is the lowest in the world: for men it is 37 years and for women, 34 (this includes a high infant mortality rate). Diseases such as AIDS, cholera, typhoid and malaria, combined with poor health care, have brought about this crisis
about the next generation It is now estimated that there may be as many as 1 million orphans in a nation of about 12.7 million people.
about the economy
The Zimbabwe dollar was once a very strong currency, and as late as 1998
was still trading at a 7 to 1 ratio with the US dollar. However by
2009 a meal cost several trillion Zimbabwe dollars, and the currency
became worthless. Today, business is conducted in US dollars and South
African Rand, making it nearly impossible for rural Zimbabweans to have
any purchasing power. In some places the barter system has returned,
and often times school and medical fees are paid in produce: eggs,
peanuts, goats, etc.
In 1956, John and Marge Pemberton, along with Dennis and Lucy Pruett started HVCM. More than half a century later their legacy, one still rooted in a willingness to do whatever was needed to seek and save the lost throughout southern Zimbabwe, lives on.
We have an orphanage called Chiredzi Christian Children’s Village with dozens of kids being supported. This also includes a Halfway House for orphans age 18 and over who are still completing school or serving job apprenticeships.