About us


Our story

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 are a grass-roots organisation and thus are completely Zimbabwean-led in the field. We create employment opportunities for local people in the townships we have a presence in so that the whole community are being developed.

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. 

You can read our latest Impact Report here and check out our accounts on the charity commission website here.


UK Trustees

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 Griffin

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 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.


Our team

Blessing Rusike // Field Director

Blessing is a long-standing key member of our team. She has been investing in some families for over 7 years. Blessing is passionate about helping families function better and understand each other.

Tanyse Van Vuuren // Art therapist

Tanyse has worked and volunteered with us in a range of capacities for the last 10 years. She is a trained counsellor and artist committed to seeing real and lasting change in our families.

Additional team members in Zimbabwe:

Amai Kuda // Farming Instructor

Kudzi // Self-sufficiency projects manager

Etina // Teacher trainer and remedial teacher

Pamela // Education lead mentor

Clara and Elizabeth // Township teachers/mentors

John & Linda // Developing Mutoko base

Ropa // Discipleship

Tanyse // Art Therapy


Lauren Powell // UK Fundraising Coordinator

Lauren visited Zimbabwe for the first time in 2006 and has been enthusiastically fundraising for the work ever since. Lauren manages our UK donors, events, volunteers, overseas visits and corporate sponsorships.


Zimbabwe Trustees

John Chinyowa // Chair

John has led a children’s home in the town of Marondera for the past 20+ years. He has hands-on experience with dealing with vulnerable children and orphans, as well as working with the Social Welfare structures of the government of Zimbabwe. John and his family live in Marondera close to the orphanage, where John also pastors a local church.

John Pybus // Treasurer

John Pybus is a partner in a Harare accountancy firm. John has been of great help in assisting with advice and contacts in the business world. This helped set up a charitable trust in Zimbabwe, and ensuring we are compliant with changing tax laws. John serves on many boards of businesses in Zimbabwe.

All our staff and trustees are motivated by their Christian faith and are seeking to share some of the hope they have with others // Jeremiah 29:11.