Safe Haven
Chikumbuso operates two Safe Havens, places where we provide food, clothing, and shelter to some very vulnerable children who find themselves in circumstances that will either end or sidetrack their education.

Our on site Safe Haven, opened in 2008 and is located at the school. This houses younger girls and boys. Gertrude is the housemother and watches carefully over her little flock.

Lisa’s Safe Haven was completed and began operations in 2013 through a wonderful donation celebrating a friend’s birthday. Three very vulnerable girls were identified to participate in the program. Now five girls live together in this little community house. Gladys is the housemother and runs a tight ship, encouraging the girls to stay in school rather than fall prey to early marriage as happens to so many young women in the compound.

Chikumbuso provides all that is necessary for these now ten students – food, toiletries, school fees, blankets, and more. This is a terrific program to be a part of and is making a big difference for these kids. We are excited to expand the group, but need help to offset the ongoing cost. Contact us directly if you are interested in helping out!

Q & A

Find out more about our Safe Haven program below:

  • What qualifies some one to become a part of the Safe Haven program?

    It varies. Many challenges can happen to a family living in poverty. One can be remarriage, for instance, a child born of a different father or mother can find themselves outcast; a double orphan with little or no extended family can find themselves on the streets; abuse in the home; or, the family may move away and not be able to keep the child in school. Check out our stories below to learn how some of the children came to be a part of the program.

  • How can I support the Safe Haven programs?

    It’s easy to help! Go to our Donate Page and designate “Safe Haven Program” for your donation.

  • How long do the students stay in the program?

    The widows of Chikumbuso try to negotiate better relationships within the families, if possible. In situations where that isn’t possible, our hope is that the child will remain with Chikumbuso through their Grade 12 education and perhaps beyond until they finish post-secondary schooling and can provide for themselves.

  • Does the Safe Haven feel like a home?

    Absolutely! We have been very blessed with our two housemothers, Gladys and Getrude, who truly love each child. Getrude has said about one of the children, “Now that is my child.” The children are taught to live and work together preparing meals and cleaning around the house as if they were at home.

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