Community Based Orphan Care
Communities can provide an amazing breadth and depth of care for orphaned children. “Poor” communities can be rich in important resources: time, love, skills, long-term commitment, and a desire for justice.
Families are strengthened and equipped to care for orphaned children in their communities by:
- providing clean water
- teaching on hygiene, nutrition and disease prevention
- improving food security through agricultural training and assistance to develop community and household gardens
- providing emotional and practical support for children and caregivers through our staff and a team of trained volunteers
- addressing the isolation orphaned children and their caregivers experience through regular gatherings to share experiences, learn together and work on joint projects
- helping families keep children in school
- training in table banking and developing small income generating projects
- working with local churches to train orphan support teams and encourage fostering of unrelated orphaned children
- linking families to local resources, including organizations that provide school fee grants.
Equipping local volunteers increases the reach, effectiveness and sustainability of our programs.