The Child Aid Program
HPP through the Chid Aid program is fighting shoulder to shoulder with the poor. The program takes a holistic approach and is all inclusive. Families and their communities build their capacities to work towards the common goal of improving their children’s lives. People organise themselves in small groups called Village Action Groups or other community structures. These provide a forum to have discussions, identify problems, take advantage of existing knowledge and to find and implement solutions together. The families are equipped with the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for their own community development. The core objective of all Child Aid initiatives is that children must thrive, grow up healthy, and have access to sufficient food, education, protection and care. All parents wish to create such conditions for their children, but many do not manage on their own. The projects operate in the communities, but with the active involvement of institutions like schools, clinics and government structures.
The CHILD AID 10 lines of development:
Line 1: Strengthening the economy of the families
Line 2: Health and Hygiene – hereunder the fight against HIV and AIDS
Line 3: Pre-schools
Line 4: Children as active in the political, social, cultural and economic spheres of society
Line 5: Children without parents
Line 6: Education
Line 7: District development
Line 8: Environment
Line 9: Crime prevention
Line 10: Advocacy against Child labour
Children themselves are heavily involved in Child Aid projects, not just as beneficiaries, but also as participants. By taking part in the Child Aid activities, the children learn that they can act to improve their situation and understand the fact that what they do matters.
The Child Aid structure
The Action Groups (of any kind) plans the implementation of the 10 lines in their group and the Action Group coordinators are trained by the project in the area to prepare for the lessons in the groups. This structure builds long term development, and is good for any funder to finance for any community intervention.
The Tsela Kgopo OVC & Gender project
HPP has received funds from USAID since 2006 to assist orphans and vulnerable children. HPP Mabutsane, Child Aid Phikwe, Child Aid Ghanzi implemented a five-year partnership with Project Concern International and eight other local organisations on the Tsela Kgopo OVC & Gender project. This project was completed in September 2015 for Mabutsane and Ghanzi, and got an extension in Selebi-Phikwe. The program was holistic and during 2015 more than 2500 vulnerable families with Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) were assisted. Some of the results are shown in the next 16 pages. There are still a lot more that needs to be done in the communities together with families with Orphans and Vulnerable children.