KIDS’ CLUB PROGRAM
Equipping communities to provide counseling and emotional support for vulnerable children.
Children who have been orphaned or experienced trauma from an early age are far more likely to suffer from emotional and social distress. They are particularly vulnerable because they often find it difficult to talk about their situation and understand the complexities of it. Without help from their community and support from their peers, they can become more isolated and lonely, and therefore more at risk.
Together with seven of our partners across Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, we create safe places where vulnerable children are given the support they need to express themselves by:
weekend Kids’ Clubs where children take part in drama, dance and other activities.
community volunteers to be Kids’ Club Facilitators to run the activities and provide counseling support to the children.
the Facilitators with games and tools that encourage children to open up, share their problems, and build their confidence.
Kids’ Club members and Facilitators to run income-generating activities for the club, such as food gardens or poultry projects.
the Facilitators conduct home visits for particularly vulnerable children in the community so they can better understand their problems.
Kids’ Club Community Committees who come together to identify vulnerable children in their area and discuss issues affecting them.
“I learnt about taking care of flowers at Kids’ Club, and so I decided to start planting and selling my own. I used that money to buy some of the school attires, like shoes, socks and two pairs of skirts.”
Melody is the leader of her Kids’ Club in Kangoro, Kenya.
Vulnerable children talk about their situation and have a network of peers and community members who can emotionally support them.
Kids’ Club members attend school more regularly and have improved academic performance, opening up opportunities for their future.
Members become more confident and feel empowered to become leaders in their community.
This year, through our Kids’ Club Program, we are:
Working with 63 communities to set up and run after school and weekend clubs for vulnerable children.
Training 665 community volunteers as Kids’ Club Facilitators and Committee members.
Teaching 1,795 parents and guardians about how to provide psychosocial support to their children.
Improving community psychosocial support for 5,843 children aged 6-16 years.