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.
Since 2004, we have partnered with SA Malawi, rolling 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 who are struggling with trauma have access to counselling and specialist care, and parents and guardians are empowered economically and equipped to support their families sustainably.
How we make a difference:
- We work closely with SA Malawi to understand the local context, to develop community-owned responses, and to share knowledge and solutions from other places where we operate.
- Together, we provide emotional and social support to thousands of orphans and vulnerable children through Kids’ Clubs, and we teach these children about their rights and how to protect them.
- We provide educational materials to enable learning and skills development and we carry out home visits to the children to monitor their progress.
- We train community members and project leaders to give vulnerable children counselling and emotional support and we build awareness throughout the community of the issues affecting orphans and vulnerable children, and the appropriate actions to help them.
- We help set up communal gardens with shared crops to empower the whole community.
- We establish village savings and loans associations as part of our Village Investors Programme (VIP), which enables those looking after vulnerable children to pool their small resources and make business loans to each other, in order to earn a sustainable living and support the children in their care better, and for longer.
We See Hope in Pauline
Learn how SA Malawi helped Pauline to care for her sisters through one of our Kids’ Clubs.
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Personal accounts from the children, young people and communities in Africa that we’ve had the privilege of working with, show extraordinary strength and human spirit.
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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.