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 attend 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 attend school, apply for jobs, and receive other basic services.

 

Birth certificate

When babies are born at home in poor, rural areas, it is too difficult to travel to register the birth. But a child without a birth certificate faces problems.

In Zimbabwe, for example, children without a birth certificate cannot go to school, take exams, apply for an ID card, vote, nor access many other basic essential services.

This charity gift of a Birth certificate is possibly the most valuable item a child could receive.

Why buy this Birth certificate gift?

  • Without a Birth certificate, new babies can face a lifetime of challenges, especially when it's time for them to go to school.
  • This charity gift can really make a difference for babies born at home and give them the same opportunities as other children.
  • A gorgeous present for a new baby, a Baptism or a special birthday, this charity gift can open up a whole world of opportunity for a baby or child.

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