Child Life Touch was established in 2001, as a result of the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on industry and households. A number of children were left orphaned, some on the streets and vulnerable to poverty, child labour and other forms of social injustices. Child Life Touch responded to these challenges by acquiring a home to care for the orphans and vulnerable Children and teach them life skills that would enable them to live a normal life.
The most profound impact of HIV/AIDS has been the loss of able-bodied and economically active members of the community. The death of breadwinners, caregivers and guardians has resulted in an increase in the number of widows, widowers and orphaned children. It is estimated that out of the 10,000 orphaned children within Child Life Touch's catchment area 47% are single orphans, while 45% are doubles orphans.