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Child Aid - Community Development Project

treeplan-nam-3-ecThe Child Aid project builds the capacity in the families and recognizes that in order to nurture children successfully the entire community must be strengthened. Families are brought together to address key issues which are vital for every child to avoid sickness, death, malnutrition, illiteracy, dropping out of school, food insecurity, environmental degradation among many social vices. Communities make plans and take action.

Child Aid has extensive outreach programs with the whole community with information and lessons on health, nutrition, hygiene, environment and other issues, and with practical actions to improve conditions where needed. Here the primary schools in the operation areas are important cooperation partners - children, teachers and parents alike.
The concept of Child Aid leaves space for locally determined additions to the main areas, and the concept operates with using various structures in the organization of the children and their families, for example by forming Village Action Groups of 15-20 families with a coordinator, who is a volunteer from the local community. The Village Action Group works together in the day-to-day implementation of their own activities, and mobilizes more volunteers to participate. The project organizes 3,000 families during a 3-5 year program. The project in its goal of achieving creation of better living conditions for the child operates under 10 lines of Child Aid.

 

The lines are described as follows:
Line 1: Strengthening the Economy of the Family

The project provide families with the necessary skills, training and support to start up in come generating activities.  Skills & training provided includes, gardening, livestocfk management, basket making, bread making and the sales of goods, budgeting and entrepreneurship.  Families are emplowered to be able to increase their income so that all family members in the household eat a healthy balanced meal 3 times per day.  The family is in control of its economy, so it finds opportunities to further increase its income through farming or other production.


Line 2: Health and Hygiene

Health education plays a very important role in teh community hygiene.  Therefore, corrent and complete knowledge of health is needed in order to prevent illness and promote positivehealth attitude with cleanlines being one of the main defense against diseases, whether contagious or self generated.  The project works together with teh Ministry of Helath and Social Services (MOHSS)  Primary Health Care Unit to train the Child Care Protection Group (CCPG) on common child hood illness and preventions.


Line 3: Pre-schools
Child Aid introduces a nd implements the preschools of teh Future (POF Kids) programme, a spedcific programme designed for preschool/kindergarten teachers by Humana People to People at the same time puting in to consideration the importance of Early Childhood Development, for the children to have an opportunity to develop thier full potential and to do well when they start school.  Communities are assisted to establish kindergartens. 


Line 4: Children as Active in Society
Sports clubs for children and youth in different age groups are organized with soccer, netball and games.  The children and youth also participate in a simple life skills program and   enjoy themselves.


Line 5: Children Without Parents
Child Aid works with the families and caregivers to      secure that every orphan and vulnerable child within    the community is registered and taken care of in terms of its basic needs. Child Aid helps families to get hold of national documents and apply for the welfare grant. Child Aid links the caregivers with the available services from Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the school      principals, the Police Child Care and Protection Unit etc. Child Aid assists in making the Child Care and Protections Forums work for the benefit of the needy.


Line 6: Education 
Educarers for Kindergartens are taken through a 12 weeks basic course to make them better Educarers for our young children.

 

Line 7:  Regional Development

Child Aid contributes towards regional development in areas of operation.  Assisting communities to organize themselves and work with all issues that contributes to the economy of the country.  Development in areas combined with income generation, disease prevention, maternatal and child health, improve social standing of women, preschool education, the active involvement of children and youth and care for teh most volnerable.  The positive changes that empowers popel and a community to be innovative and make lasting improvements.  Child Aid participates in committees such as the Constituency AIDS Coordinating Committees (CACOC), the Regional Aids Coordinating Committee (RACOC) and the Child Care Protection Forums (CCPF). Young Entrepreneurs in Community are trained in simple building theory and practice.


Line 8: Environment
 Planting of more trees is at our heart. The project promote tree planting in the homesteads since the trees can help families improve their livelihood –trees for shade, trees for fruits, for poles etc. There is potential income to be earned from selling fruit or other products. At the same time simple firewood saving stoves are introduced and issues around protecting our environment are discussed.


Line 9: No More Malaria
Ongoing malaria awareness campaigns and environmental actions are held under the theme: “No More Mosquito bites-No more Malaria”.
Mosquito nets are distributed; lemon grass and cleaning actions are promoted as part of the prevention efforts.
Families are urged to consult the local health facility fast if they have symptoms of Malaria.


Line 10: Flood Relief
DAPP Child Aid creates “Child Friendly Spaces” in flood camps for displaced people in cooperation with other partners.  Activities for preschool children are implemented in the mornings and school going children come in the afternoons.
The children here find a safe place for doing homework and to play under supervision.
DAPP Child Aid creates “Child Friendly Spaces” in flood camps for displaced people in cooperation with other partners.  Activities for preschool children are implemented in the mornings and school going children come in the afternoons.
The children here find a safe place for doing homework and to play under supervision.