The Children of Zion Village is a Christian home for orphans in the southern African nation of Namibia. It is located along the Zambezi River in the northeast corner of Namibia. Our children come from several different tribal and language groups.
The "village" opened in January, 2003 and is now home to 57 children. Most of the children have been placed in our care because they have lost their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to AIDS.
Here the boys and girls receive love, nutrition, shelter, healthcare, academic, vocational and Bible education, and become part of one large Christian family. Our missionaries, volunteers, and Namibian staff work together to raise the children in our "village".


Village Visits

The Currys are having a busy couple of weeks as they take each of the children for their holiday village visits.  These visits allow the children to re-connect with any extended family members or others in the villages who may have known them before they were placed with Children of Zion Village for care.  In addition, the visits keep them connected to their traditional culture as they spend time helping with traditional chores, hearing and speaking their first language, and participating in other aspects of daily village life.  Many of the children also use the village visits as a time to share their Christian faith with those in the village. 

Board member on a quest

Board member Mike Jacobs has taken on a challenge to run 4 marathons in 4 months in an effort to raise funds for our Mafuta feeding center.  Please click the image below to read more and to donate to this cause.  GO MIKE!!!

Graduation Congratulations!

This is an excerpt from the blog of Travis and Lorna Curry. 

You may read the rest at tlcinhisservice.blogspot.com or by following the link on our volunteer page.

Tuesday was graduation for 9 of our oldest children from Vocation School. They learned brick laying, wood work or sewing. We had to do a bit of shopping for the girls so they could look extra nice for the big event. The boys wore nice shirts and pants (their school uniform). We are excited for the brick layers to help us design a traditional outdoor cooking area. To help them celebrate, after the ceremony we took them to a local restaurant for sodas and fries. We hope they continue to the next level and practice using their skills for a good job and successful future.


Welcome to Travis & Lorna Curry

The Children of Zion family in Namibia and in the USA is so very excited about the arrival of the Currys.  They are our new on-site directors at Children of Zion Village.  Travis and Lorna have been trained and prepared for this mission work and have been prayed over by family, friends and supporters from many states and countries.  Please continue to lift them up in prayer as they begin their ministry and become part of so many tender lives.  Lisa McLaughlin, the Board chairperson for COZ, just returned from Namibia where she was able to spend time with the children, the staff, and many government and tribal leaders.  There is much hope and anticipation from all corners about the work the Currys will be doing at COZV in Katima Mulilo.  On the way home Lisa and Janis (a volunteer traveling with Lisa) were able to spend a day with Travis and Lorna in Johannesburg, giving them an opportunity to share updates, priorities, plans, and prayers. 
Read more in: The Zion Chronicle - edition 1

The End of Winter

The cold winter is ending in Namibia.  Yes, because Namibia is in the southern hemisphere, Namibian citizens experience winter in July and August.  There is no heat in the buildings at Children of Zion Village, making sweatshirts are a favorite clothing article this time of year!  But now the temperatures are warming up and before long the heat will be in the range usually associated with Africa. 
Schools are currently on a break, and many of the children have the opportunity to spend time in local villages.  This enables the children to stay connected with their cultural history, learn about and experience village life, make friends from outside our COZV family, and visit with extended family who live in the villages.  Village visits tend to be a special time for everyone.