WELCOME

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 NEWS

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. 

Windhoek Sports Update

The Children of Zion Village youth who traveled to Windhoek for sports tournaments had a very exciting time.  They were good competitors, enjoyed interacting with other teens involved in the competitions, and had a good time with the novelty of travel.  

The big news is that Nico, one of our teen boys, played outstanding basketball and was selected to be part of the Namibian National youth Basketball team!  He will spend time training with the others selected for this elite team, and then compete against teams from other African nations.  Congratulations to Nico!

Watch Out Windhoek, Here They Come!

Sixteen of our students were selected from all of the school athletes in the Katima Mulilo area to be part of regional sports teams.  Nine girls are currently in Windhoek representing the Caprivi Region in a national girls soccer tournament.  Seven of our boys are in Windhoek representing the Caprivi Region in a national boys basketball tournament.  This is an exciting time for the children to compete as well as to take a trip to Namibia's capital city.

Newest Edition to the Family

The newest edition to our Children of Zion Village family is Nsala, a sweet baby just a few weeks old.  The children and staff have all fallen in love with her.  Here is Dave, our Interim Director, with baby Nsala.

 

 

During the recent school break, many of our children had the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in the villages of their birth. This was a good time to re-connect with their history and with extended family who remain in the villages.

Vocational Schooling

The Vocational College in Katima Mulilo has opened up its doors to our older children. Ten of our teens have begun to take classes in brick laying, joinery and clothing technology in addition to the academic schooling they continue at our COZV mission school. We seek to have the children in our care well prepared to enter independent living when they leave COZV. Soon to open is our transitional housing for some of these same teens.

Please pray for our blossoming young adults as they grow toward independence.