Case study: The difference between poverty and opportunity
"Finally my son can be counted as a person and can enrol in school!" Aleck's mother, Zimbabwe
Aleck is one of thousands of children in Zimbabwe to be born at home. Neither Aleck nor his five siblings had birth certificates. Without this important piece of paper, Aleck would face a lifetime of problems when trying to register for school, exams or even find a job.
If not done at birth, acquiring a birth certificate requires lots of travel, paperwork and crucially money, most of which are out of the reach of people living in poverty.
With CAFOD's support, Aleck and his mother were able to get the legal documents necessary for Aleck to finally get a birth certificate. Often taken for granted by people in developed countries, Aleck's new birth certificate is his passport to a life of opportunity and prosperity.