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Strengthening Households And Community Structures To Support Orphan And Vulnerable Children (OVC)

Strengthening Households And Community Structures To Support Orphan And Vulnerable Children (OVC)

Through the support of Project Concern International (PCI), Humana People to People Botswana works on strengthening households and community structures to be able to support OVC and to increase uptake of HIV prevention, care and treatment services. The project focuses on children, adolescent girls and young women, adolescents living with HIV, HIV exposed infants, young mothers and adult men in Gaborone, Southern and Kweneng districts. The project activities build upon years of Humana People to People Botswana’s work with community mobilization and uptake of services. 

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Informal Play Groups

Informal Play Groups

Humana People to People Botswana is in pursuit to ensure quality education for all remains at the heart of its work. We go with the principle that responsibility of education lies with societies as a whole, not only with institutions. We strongly believe that education must lead to transformation of the individual, of the community and of the wider society.

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Building Community Resilience Through Grass Roots Building Our Wealth (GROW) Groups

Building Community Resilience Through Grass Roots Building Our Wealth (GROW) Groups

GROW is a flagship of the Child Aid program. This is an innovative and cost-effective economic empowerment model that helps women and men to build their social and economic capital.

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Savings groups are transforming lives

Savings groups are transforming lives

With support from Project Concern Internationals GROW program, the Empowerment of Non-State Actors (European Union) and Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Agriculture, HPP have been able to start up 98 savings groups with more than 1100 members.

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Children without parents

Children without parents

Orphans and vulnerable children vulnerability status vary from being paternal or maternal orphans, living under poverty, negligence, and abusive environment or living with HIV. HPP staffs have documented their assistance to 1234 orphans and vulnerable children in 8 district. The assistance mostly consist of parental courses, counselling of the family, referral to the government social worker and follow up on the success. HPP has strengthened the ability to identify and respond to cases of child abuse and raise awareness of this issue in the community:“In the beginning, with child abuse cases, if I saw a child being abused, I used to think, if I go into that house, I would be told to mind my own business! But now, I walk into that home, I don’t fear anything. I stand up for the rights of the child. I can even quote the act for a person and tell them they aren’t doing the right thing” (staff member, from: USAID Botswana Performance evaluation – Tsela Kgopo Gender & OVC project final report, November 2015, 62). As this quote suggests, with knowledge of child rights and legislation, staff members feel empowered to take action and also to respond to cases of abuse.

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Children as Active in the Political, Social, Cultural and economic spheres of society

Children as Active in the Political, Social, Cultural and economic spheres of society

Bonani from HOPE Mabutsane reports: “1500 Peer-educators, children and youth in schools have participated in life skills sessions to prevent teenage pregnancy, HIV and sexual abuse. Youth join youth clubs of different kinds. Peer educators in schools are now leading the discussions on issues related to HIV/AIDS and Gender based Violence to their peers”. With assistance from PCI and REPSSI Journey of Life program, we conducted life skills sessions, especially for vulnerable groups in the community. These members of families and communities were reflecting on the development they want to create, starting with identifying community challenges and needs and then mapping out community solutions. Through specialised life skills sessions with vulnerable women, adolescents and youth have been able to bring out in the open serious issues that otherwise are not openly discussed. We have had very fruitful and objective discussions. It comes out clear that these trainings have given the participants opportunities to discuss child neglect, child abuse, rape, poor parent - child communication, corporal punishment, food insecurity and poverty, child labour, inter-generational sex. It comes out clear that this result in teen age pregnancies, adolescents dropping out of school, limited access to education including Integrated Early Child Development activities, alcohol and drug abuse, Gender Based Violence, intimate partner violence and poor ART adherence. There were a lot to elaborate plans and concrete actions for. Some of the cases of child neglect and abuse including sexual abuse were reported to social workers and the police that resulted in conviction”. Sam from Child Aid Ghanzi narrates: “We conducted life skills sessions under the Journey of Life program to identify vulnerable adolescent & Youth in Kabakae Primary, Ghanzi Primary, Kgaphamadi Primary School and Ghanzi Brigade. This was conducted in collaboration with the Guidance and Counselling Teachers in different schools. A total of 336 students participated in several sessions. Children living in difficult situations were identified and referred to S&CD and all have been assisted. Department of Social Services provides food basket, for school materials and in Selebi-Phikwe for a scholarship to preschool. Child Aid area leader are following up”.                        

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Strengthening the economy of the family

Strengthening the economy of the family

In this line of work people do food gardens, income generating activities, short courses in business skills, agriculture and food processing and courses to prepare youth for employment

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