Child Aid results in numbers
Humana Child Aid: The village/ward action groups constitute the core structure of the program. Child Aid works with 40 Ward Action Groups (WAGs). The groups mobilize vulnerable children, families and the entire community.
People organize themselves in order to have a forum for discussion, to identify the problems, learn about the issues to plan common actions that need to be done and find and implement solutions together. The dialectics between the people and the program create change. Over time it becomes evident that the actions make a difference. The spirit of the community evolves and more action is taken.
Though Botswana is prone to drought, a significant proportion of its population depends on agriculture for employment and subsistence. Climate change and environmental degradation are potent risks to the livelihoods of many Batswana in rural areas. Eradicating poverty is arguably the defining priority of the current government. The commitment is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2016. Inequality is high and certain to slow down the rate of poverty reduction, but it does not feature prominently in public policy discourse.
In the 20th year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Child Aid is still one of the many contributors to making those rights come true. Child Aid is what it says: Aid to the child, to grow, learn and live in safe and healthy conditions. All parents wish to create such conditions for their children, but many do not manage on their own.
Humana People to People operates in Ghanzi since 2007 and in Selebi Phikwe since 2001. The two projects are located in the eastern and western of Botswana in poor towns of Selibe Phikwe and Ghanzi. The projects have a total of 6000 families enrolled, supporting 30, 000 people. Child Aid Phikwe has poverty and the next highest HIV prevalence rate in the country, due to the large copper and nickel mine. Ghanzi Child Aid faces the particular challenge of having the highest prevalence of tuberculosis, teenage pregnancies and drop outs of schools due to poverty.