Case study: Change a baby's life forever
"I am very happy now because my children have important documents which are going to be helpful in their lives, be it education, sports and other sectors of their lives" Chipo, Zimbabwe
In some circumstances, getting a birth certificate in Zimbabwe can require lots of travel, paperwork and crucially money, most of which are out of reach to those living in poverty. Without a birth certificate you can’t apply for a job, access basic services, or graduate from school.
Chipo, a 25-year-old mother, was living in poverty and so unable to provide for her three children. She had no birth certificate and therefore couldn’t legally ask for the birth certificates of her own three children.
Without a birth certificate, Chipo’s children could not attend school and if they couldn’t go to school, they would have a very bleak future.
CAFOD worked with the village leaders to request birth certificates from the registry. With his official stamp, the registry confirmed the application and began the process of issuing birth certificates for Chipo and her young family.
Now Chipo and her three children all have their birth certificates and can look forward to a future where they can finish school, apply for jobs, and receive other basic services.