Emerald Hill Children’s Home
Emerald Hill Children’s Home is a home for orphaned and other vulnerable children, located at the summit of Emerald Hill in Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare. Since 1914, the Roman-Catholic Dominican Sisters have provided shelter for children in need. Today, the home cares for the physical and spiritual well-being of about 90 children aged 3 to 20. The children come from a variety of difficult backgrounds, many of them having been abandoned by their parents or having gone through traumatic experiences of neglect, emotional and physical abuse, including sexual abuse. Apart from providing food and shelter, Emerald Hill actively focuses on the emotional healing of its children through Christian spirituality in daily life, the engagement of social workers and counsellors, and a number of other creative offers. After completing their primary education, the boys move to St. Joseph’s House for Boys, Belvedere, Harare, while the girls stay until they finish their education; furthermore, they are assisted with job training to become self-sufficient.
Emerald Hill School for the Deaf
On the same premises as the children’s home, there is also Emerald Hill School for the Deaf. Originally located in the Midlands, where it had to be closed during the liberation war, the primary school was reopened by the Dominican Sisters at Emerald Hill in 1979. In 1985, secondary education was included. More than 250 students (as of 2005) are sharing the same facilites both in the school and in the hostels.
A view of the children’s home
Funding and support
Run by the Dominican Sisters, Emerald Hill is a private home that relies on donations for the upkeep and support of the children, including medical care, school tuition, clothing, food and shelter. The home is registered as a charity in Zimbabwe (number W.O. 183/68) and operates as a non-governmental organization.
|Contact person:||Sr. Gabriele (sister-in-charge / director)|
|Location:||38 Dorset Road East, Emerald Hill, Harare, Zimbabwe|
|Postal Address:||P.O. Box EH 93, Emerald Hill, Harare, Zimbabwe|
Emerald Hill Children’s Home (EHCH home website)