Zimkids began in 2006 with one little boy needing life-saving HIV treatment. He was just five years old, had no family, no clothes and no way to get food. Through getting to know this little boy and providing for his most basic needs we were exposed to the massive problem of poverty throughout Zimbabwe.
Since then we have developed a strategy for helping families to stay together despite the death of parents, illness and homelessness. Zimkids works with the whole family, helping them to learn to get themselves out of poverty.
We currently have a presence in three townships - Epworth and Hopley in Harare, and in rural Mutoko.
Zimkids is a Christian charity registered by the Charity Commission and overseen by a Board of Trustees in the UK. We raise funds for the team of Zimkids employees and volunteers in Zimbabwe who in turn are overseen by a local Board of Trustees.
This structure ensures that funds raised in the UK are used directly to support vulnerable families in Zimbabwe.
David Forward // Chair
David is a retired Deputy Headteacher and recently elected Chair of Zimkids UK. He joined the Board of Trustees to help make a difference in Zimbabwe and he and his wife have volunteered there twice being amazed at how their donations are used by the Zimkids team to support families that are enduring real hardship.
Peter Leech // Secretary
Peter is a long-standing member of the Church that Zimkids sprang from (Morden Baptist Church), and one of the initial Trustees. He is also the Company & Charity Secretary and taking the opportunity of retirement to visit Zimbabwe each year.
Kelly has been involved with Zimkids since her life-changing visit to Zimbabwe back in 2007. She is a qualified nurse and line-manager to our UK Operations Coordinator. Kelly is also an active part of the UK Fundraising Team and loves to champion the charity whenever she gets the chance!
Tanya Ratzer // Treasurer
Tanya grew up with Charlene (Founder) in a rural farming community called Karoi in Zimbabwe. Tanya is the Treasurer for Zimkids and worked in investment banking for 10 years prior to taking on this role. Having lived in Africa she is passionate about the importance of enabling poorer communities to help themselves and giving them the opportunity of breaking the devastating cycle of poverty.
Ian has recently joined the Board of Trustees for Zimkids having previously been a supporter of the charity via involvement from Morden Baptist Church. His role on the Board is to support the other Trustees across all of the Trustees responsibilities, including a focus on the primary objectives of Zimkids, planning for the future and fund raising.