The Swedish International Development Agency has contributed US$6 million to help Zimbabwe's orphan population, which the United Nations Children’s Fund or UNICEF recently said was the largest in the world on a per capita basis.
UNICEF said one in four Zimbabwean children is an orphan.
Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe Sten Rylander commended Harare’s commitment to children and added that it is Sweden’s responsibility to protect the rights of every child. Organizations slated to receive funds under the Swedish grant include the Farm Orphans Support Trust and Catholic Relief Services.
Swedish Embassy spokesman Taka Muparutsa told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that despite the funding, Stockholm as a European Union member has imposed sanctions on Harare and maintains limited relations.