Thousands of children have
found HOPE through HCOC
HCOC Vision: To become a self-sustaining community program supporting orphans
& vulnerable children in rural Zimbabwe.
HCOC Mission: To enable the children to become socially, spiritually, emotionally, and economically responsible citizens.
"We value life, participation, the word of God, cultural values, accountability, and trustworthiness."
HCOC is not an orphanage;
rather it is a local organization established to enable children to be cared for while staying in their homes and villages.
Locals advised that this would help the children learn the skills needed to survive in their community as young adults.
HCOC was formed in 2001 in partnership with
ZMP & Renewed Hope Charitable Foundation.
HCOC serves children across 21 villages,
primarily in Ward 1 of the Murewa North District.
HCOC is working to support and care for the “whole child,” including to feed, pay school fees, provide safe water, medical and mental health support, Christian education, clothing and safe places to live and thrive.
HCOC also works tirelessly to develop the infrastructure, agricultural capabilities, and income-producing enterprises needed to become self-sustaining.
How HCOC helps -Emanual’s Story In the area served by HCOC, there are children who live in run-down rondavels with no parents or relatives to care for them. They scavenge for food while termites eat their shelters. Their only bathroom is often a bush . Neighbors may not know how to help or may even shun these children if their parents died of AIDS, which is long-believed to be a shameful death in Zimbabwe. This is the story of such a child, we’ll call him Emanual. He buried both parents and all his siblings, and lived alone for years. His neighbors shunned him because of his parents’ AIDS deaths, and he was ashamed, viewing himself as unworthy of attention. In a routine visit to this village, HCOC discovered Emanual and his living conditions. HCOC began to invest in Emanual, and his neighbors began to view him differently. Then the village elder visited Emanual, and his credibility rose even more. In short order, HCOC workers and Emanual’s neighbors dug a pit as a toilet, installed a doorframe on his rondavel, plastered the walls inside and out, and installed a thatched roof. Two new window frames allowed light to enter his rondavel and provided ventilation, and a floor was installed. Later Emanual worked at HCOC and he is a valued member of his community—thanks to the intervention of HCOC.