A Children’s Village?

Working togetherWhile Breath of Heaven Children’s Village is home to kids who have lost one or both parents, we purposely don’t refer to it as “an orphanage.  It is, as the term suggests, a self-contained community

From the beginning, BOHCM’s core mission has been to build and develop a thriving, sustainable village for desperate children and their adult caretakers.

Located on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia, one of the most impoverished of all the African nations, the envisioned mainstay components of this particular community include 14 homes for orphaned and vulnerable children, a great school, a medical clinic, and a community church.   The children’s homes themselves will function as smaller, individual family-units within the larger village community, each comprised of 1 House Mother, an Auntie, and 12 resident youngsters.  (We have chosen this household model intentionally, in order to help minimize the stigma associated with more stereotypical, institutional approaches to orphan-care.)  Breath of Heaven is thoroughly committed to facilitating and fostering as normalized a family-experience for our kids as possible.

When built-out entirely, Breath of Heaven Children’s Village will provide shelter and well-rounded care for 168 underprivileged children and their widowed House Mothers. Additionally, our school, medical clinic, church, and supplemental facilities (like the Tilapia Farm and chicken coup) will provide us with a potential source of income and the ability reach out to even more orphaned children and widows in the surrounding community with the implementation of educationally- and spiritually-based day programs and accessible, affordable medical care.