Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children investigates several children growing up in today’s Zimbabwe and how they live their day-to-day life. These kids are trapped in a cycle of poverty, where hope and dreams are the only remedy to press on.
We’ll meet 9-year-old Esther, who’s taking care of her baby sister while her mom is dying of HIV/AIDS.
Grace, a 12-year-old girl, who looks through rubbish sites for anything she can sell to fund her own schooling.
And Obert, a 13-year-old boy who seeks riches through panning for gold. The money he gets from it is used to buy food for himself and his grandmother. His dream is to go to school and get an education.
Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children is a mesh of powerful stories intertwined by hope, dreams and an almost forlorn reality where poverty pulls every string.
Where are they now?
Since the documentary was filmed in 2010, each of the children’s lives have improved. Through the Educate Zimbabwe’s Children‘s programme, viewers have donated to ensure educational funding and a better life all-together for them.
Obert passed the difficult entrance exam into a top boarding school and is pursuing the dream of becoming a doctor. During the holidays he spends all his time with his proud grandmother.
Esther and Tino are in school and was helped escape their abusive uncle, they now live in a place of their own. Furthermore, a guardian is taking care of both of them which in turn helps both the kids focus better on school. Tino does not have HIV and Esther has medication and decent food to keep her HIV in check.
Grace and Michelle’s father died not long after but they continued to lived in their father’s extended family home. Both girls went back to school and received better nutrition along with counselling to help them through the previous few years. Grace continued onto College where she completed an ‘Early Childhood Development’ course to work as a nursery teacher.
- Release date2010
- Full runtime
- Director(s)Jezza Neumann
- Production companyXoliswa Sithole