Rainbow Children’s Home
NGO Name: Rainbow Children’s Home, Harare, Zimbabwe
1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization
and foster innovation
5. Reduce inequality within and among countries
11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
There is an extremely high mortality rate of childhood cancer sufferers in Zimbabwe. The RoundTable of Zimbabwe and Meikles Foundation are working together to provide a nurturing environment that welcomes disadvantaged children who are recuperating from the effects of cancer treatment(s), as well as an accompanying parent or caregiver. The RoundTable of Zimbabwe has donated their land and building to be used for this project. the project is supported by professionals in the field of Childhood Cancer in Zimbabwe. The facility’s design is inspired by the arcs of the rainbow. Each unit will take its colour after one of the colours of the rainbow. We are seeking funding to purchase all the furniture and soft furnishings for the project.
The mortality rate of children suffering from cancer in Zimbabwe is high as 75% or more. Children from generally disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as those living in the outskirts of Harare and the rural areas of Zimbabwe, are particularly at risk of becoming part of the mortality statistic. This is because of the following factors:
- Limited Facilities – There is currently only one chemotherapy treatment centre in Zimbabwe, located at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.
- Lack of Funds – Funds for long hospital stays are lacking and there is high demand for beds. This results in children often being discharged immediately after receiving treatment to make the long journey home with a compromised immune system.
- Unsuitable Environment – Patients are immunocompromised immediately after treatment, and thus need a clean, safe environment to recuperate. Most parents have no access to such environments that can allow their children to recover fully.
Socioeconomic factors impact a family’s decision whether or not to seek treatment – whether initially or for any repeated treatment the child may require. Often parents sleep on the floor in hospital wards in order to be able to afford medical treatment. This socioeconomic issue contributes to the decrease in the chances of the patient’s recovery. Currently, families who travel to Harare for treatment face the following options after treatment:
- Travel back home immediately despite the child’s vulnerable health
- Live in unsuitable premises
- Rely on the goodwill of family and friends
The Rainbow Children’s Village seeks to address these challenges by providing a restorative home where the patient can be monitored and recuperate from treatment.
- To create a home that provides a tranquil, clean environment in which children can recuperate after treatment, before making the journey back home.
- This home will shelter both the child and their parent or caregiver, and provide a holistic healing approach that includes a recreational area and qualified staff to monitor the children.
- The structure when completed will house over 20 twin-bedded rooms plus additional facilities of communal living & entertainment space, state of the art kitchen & laundry, and office space, wheelchair-accessible toilets
The aim is to build and create the following be refurbishing the current building on the Roundtable property in Harare:
- Clean and tranquil environment
- Shelter both child and parent
- Qualified staff to monitor the children
- Training and research centre
- Holistic healing approach
- Recreational area
Please Note: All information herein, in part or in whole, is that of the said NGO and not of the I61 Foundation. 100% of the funds raised will be allocated to the project. If you have any questions, we would be more than happy to answer them. Thank you for your consideration.