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about king george VI
When Prudence was seven years old, she was send to King George VI, School & Centre for Children with Physical Disabilities (KG6). It changed her life.
This school in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, provides rehabilitation and boarding facilities to children from age 3 to 18 with physical disabilities and hearing impairments. It is the only secondary education facility in Zimbabwe for disabled children and the only primary school in the southern part of the country.
Through its school program, KGVI offers rigorous academic training leading to collegiate admission, and trade-oriented programs for those unprepared to pursue higher education. Physiotherapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy are also offered to every child by staff Rehabilitation Technicians with mentorship and assistance from international volunteers. KGVI operates 10 independent living housing where graduates live in a group setting with assistance from house parents.
Graduates of KGVI graduate with critical life and leadership skills; several have even become guardians of younger siblings when serious illness cut short the lives of parents. In a country where the average life expectancy is less than 40, more than1.2 million children have been left without one or both parents due to the Aids pandemic, as reported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN Development Program (UNDP).
Currently KGVI is reliant on the generosity of donors from around the world who believe that every child should have the chance to live a full and productive life, in spite of physical or medical challenges.