Case study: Change a baby's life forever
"Finally my son can be counted as a person and can enrol in school!" Aleck's mother, Zimbabwe
Getting a birth certificate in Zimbabwe requires lots of travel, paperwork and crucially money, most of which are out of the reach of people living in poverty. But without one, children can't go to school.
Aleck was one of thousands of babies in Zimbabwe born at home. He never received a birth certificate. Without this important piece of paper, Aleck could face a lifetime of problems when trying to register for school, exams or even find a job.
With CAFOD's support, Aleck and his mother were able to get the legal documents necessary for him to finally get a birth certificate. Even years after he was born, having a birth certificate will make an enormous difference for Aleck. "Finally my son can be counted as a person and can enrol in school!" his mother told us.
Aleck's new birth certificate is his passport to a life of opportunity and prosperity.