CHILD HEADED HOUSEHOLDS PROGRAMME
Establishing support networks and economic opportunities for children living alone.
Children who have been orphaned, abandoned or left to care for a parent or older relative face a desperate and isolated future. No matter their age, they bear the responsibility of providing for themselves and their family.
Living without someone to care for them or a household income, these children are often unable to access food, education or medical facilities, and struggle to deal with their grief and trauma.
Through our pilot Child Headed Households Programme in Malawi and Uganda, we are working with two of our partners to support and protect these children by:
community volunteers as parental figures who visit the households regularly, providing guidance, counselling and a helping hand in their homes.
each household to get an immediate source of income, providing cooking equipment so they can sell baked goods or bicycles which they can use as a local taxi service.
them livestock, such as goats and pigs, which are an economic safety net as not only do they provide a food source and manure for fertiliser, but also offspring that they can sell.
each household how to start and grow their own food garden, and providing them with seeds and fertiliser.
“Before, it was like living on an island all on my own – I still miss my brother and my parents – but I don’t feel on my own anymore”
Peter is a member of our Child Headed Households Programme in Malawi.
Children feel less isolated and lonely, and know that they have a community network to support them.
Households have an increased ability to afford food and necessities, such as soap and clothes.
As their livestock multiplies, they can start to afford school fees so their siblings can return to school.