Refuge exists to help improve the conditions of orphaned and vulnerable children Zimbabwe. It is our hope and calling to see a Zimbabwe without orphans. Refuge is working toward that goal by supporting and equipping indigenous adoptive parents, strengthening biological families and by partnering with local projects and organizations.
Regina first traveled to Zimbabwe in November, 2005. She joined a small team on a short term mission that focused on bringing hope and medical supplies to the rural areas outside of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. A few months later she would move to Zimbabwe to help local churches build their orphan care programs. What started out as a small dream to help a few children who were living and working on the streets be reunited with their famillies has turned into a ministry to help local churches be equipped to support and empower those who are caring for orphaned or vulnerable children.
It is the dream of Regina and Nyasha Chari and the Refuge team, to see orphaned children cared for well. They work towards this goal by supporting adoptive families in Zimbabwe. Refuge advocates for family based placements for children who are orphaned and works to strengthen biological families in an effort to reduce the number of children in Zimbabwe who are orphaned. Zimbabwe has over 1,500,000 orphans. Only 3,900 of them are placed in orphanages. Family based placements- foster care and adoption- are necessary in order to provide homes for these precious children.
Three times each year the Chari's and their team train a group of indigenous leaders with a course about childhood trauma. These trainees then participate in a camp with children who have experienced trauma. Using their new knowledge and skills the adults help the kids process their story with healing play. The results are exceptional, both the kids and adults leave camp feeling loved and connected!
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