Building a community support structure is vital to help orphans and vulnerable children in the long term, and equipping young people with essential life skills and emotional and social support can dramatically improve their wellbeing and options for the future.
We partner with the Salvation Army in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda, to roll out our Kids’ Club model of emotional and social support, which promotes community involvement and ownership. Kids’ Clubs provide a safe place where children can gather, make friends, play and learn, without fear of stigma, abuse or exploitation. Children struggling with trauma have access to counseling, particularly vulnerable orphans are identified and given further specialist care, and parents and guardians are also empowered economically so they are better able to support their families.
How we make a difference:
- We work closely with SA Uganda to understand the local context, to develop community-owned responses, and to share knowledge and solutions from other places in which we operate.
- Together, we work with community leaders to identify and register orphaned and vulnerable children who would benefit most from the Kids’ Clubs. We offer counseling to children, and their guardians, to help them work through grief or other trauma.
- We provide play therapy through games, sports, dance and drama.
- We ensure children receive support beyond the Kids’ Clubs with home-based care and emotional support. We provide weekly home visits, carried out by community volunteers, to the most vulnerable Kids’ Club members, particularly those without parents.
- We work with the local leadership to establish community by-laws to protect and promote child welfare.
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We are proud to be working with 27 project partners, across 217 communities, to support and empower young people for the long-term.