From January - March 2010 there were 584 recorded cases of children crossing from Zimbabwe into the border town of Musina, South Africa
Children leave because they have no food, have lost their parents and cannot go to school. Increasing numbers are crossing due to the economic opportunities of the 2010 World Cup
The children cut through barbed wire to get through and must cross the Limpopo River, avoiding crocodiles and other wild animals. The young are also vulnerable to attacks from gangs and thieves
In the first quarter of this year, DFID helped to provide food and shelter for 586 children who have crossed the border
So far, 2889 girls and 1139 boys (migrant, orphaned and vulnerable children) have been helped to enrol in schools and access education
UKaid from DFID has contributed £930,000 to this children’s support project based in Musina, South Africa and run by Save the Children
A free feature article, following Lazarus Chidumwa’s story to get an education, is available for reproduction at www.dfid.gov.uk/Lazarus-story
All photos are free to use and must be credited: Dylan Thomas / UKaid / Department for International Development. More images are available as part of a full gallery complete with captions - please contact Ginny Reid.
I left Zimbabwe because the schools were closed and there was a drought. Now I am happy staying in the shelter and going to school in South Africa. I hope to do well in school and one day, I want to be a policeman.
Lazarus Chidumwa, 13, school boy
Education offers the best route out of poverty for those living in the world's poorest countries. Every child deserves a decent education - it should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few. That is why the UK will support every effort to make the education of children across the whole of Africa the lasting legacy of this World Cup.
Andrew Mitchell, UK International Development Secretary
The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK government that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.
We are working to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), international targets agreed by the United Nations (UN) to halve world poverty by 2015.
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