Programs

The J.F. Kapnek Trust focuses on training and expanding the capacity of existing medical educational programs in Zimbabwe. Our mission is to support and promote excellence in medical and health-related education and research in Zimbabwe, and to play a leading role in addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic; with special emphasis on preventing new pediatric infections and supporting orphans, vulnerable children and families affected by AIDS.

In our Pediatric AIDS Prevention Program, we teach professionals at birthing centers and hospitals about HIV testing, counseling and how to administer the drugs needed to reduce the risk of HIV being passed from mother to child during birth. Using this “training up” program we reached 200,000  expectant mothers in our past program year. We did this with a staff of about 60 dedicated individuals (and a few  hardworking pickup trucks!)


In our Orphan Support-Preschool Program, we help communities renovate abandoned classrooms in elementary schools, and train rural women as preschool teachers. Because we are working with existing buildings, we can do this for a fraction of the cost of building a new school. Headmasters are invested in the success of Kapnek preschools. They supervise the preschool teachers and welcome these well-prepared and healthy children into their kindergarten classes. In the past year 6,000 children were served a hot meal at one of our 89 preschools.


The J.F. Kapnek Trust - Zimbabwe recently was awarded a grant to dramatically increase services to children with disabilities, especially cerebral palsy. At the Children’s Rehabilitation Unit in Harare, and through a satellite-based outreach program, we are reaching more than 1,500 children with disabilities in northern Zimbabwe. The CRU offers physical therapy, medical assistance, and training, as well as providing a vital support community for these often isolated families.


While the Kapnek Trust believes that children should remain with their immediate or extended families whenever possible, we operate a small family-based orphanage, Vimbainesu Village, for children who have no where else to turn.


Our Medical Scholarship Program helps young women complete their high school and college education so they can become the next generation of Zimbabwean medical professionals: doctors, nurses and pharmacists. To date, the Kapnek Trust has helped 37 doctors graduate!


Despite challenging conditions, we continue to expand our outreach and level of care year after year with a modest budget and help from donors of all sizes.


Click below for details on our programs:

 

We would like to thank our supporters for their unflagging donations of time, money and energy. Without our supporters, partners, volunteers, family and friends, none of this would be possible.

Our partners include:


UNICEF . THE ELIZABETH GLASER PEDIATRIC AIDS FOUNDATION . CHILDREN’S INTERNATIONAL FUND FOUNDATION . BERNARD VAN LEER . DIRECT RELIEF . THE HERZ FOUNDATION . VERHAGEN FOUNDATION . HOUSE OF STONE . THE HARARE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TRUST ... 

                                                                                                                       and individual donors like you.