Zimbabwe Blog #3

May 17, 2007

AIDS/HIV is creating millions of orphans. In a country like Zimbabwe where the economy is unimaginably bad, how do you keep these orphans from being neglected because, “Hey, sorry kid, but you’re an extra mouth to feed, an extra body to clothe and send to school”?

Here’s one way: Take a child who has lost everything, and give that child a goat. The goat belongs to the child. Get it? Suddenly the child is no longer a liability, but an asset, because he or she owns something that is valuable, something that produces an income, something that benefits the community. It’s brilliant!

So those are the goats that Jeff talks about in this installment of their video blog.

Jason mentions “ADP sites in Limpopo, Zimbabwe.” ADP stands for Area Development Program, which is World Vision’s group there working on a plan to assist the local community. I’ll have more to say about the ADP later. …Heeere’s Jason and Jeff!

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.