Who we are


We are an unaffiliated Finnish charity that will take your support in full to those who need it most

The Zimbabwe AIDS Orphans Society is a Finnish voluntary organisation with neither political nor
religious affiliation. For over 25 years, we have been running a programme to support the education
and well-being of some 400 orphans in Dzivarasekwa, a poor suburb of Harare. The Dzikwa Centre is
a vibrant community centre we have built for the children. Two-thirds of the children in our
programme are girls as they are more vulnerable than boys. The children go to local government
schools and live with their extended families.

In Zimbabwe the programme is run by our local collaborating partner, the Dzikwa Trust Fund and its
small permanent staff. In Finland, operations are entirely volunteer-based. A major voluntary
contribution is made by the two Finnish founders, Seppo Ainamo and Oili Wuolle, who spend half
the year in Zimbabwe overseeing and directing programme delivery. The Society currently has about
500 members. The low administrative expenses are covered by membership fees to ensure that all
donations go in full to those in the greatest need.

Click on the following links to find out more about our story, the society and our programme.