Heartbeatremains committed to supporting the most vulnerable members of our communitiesand will continue to build on the positive relationships and partnerships thatare in place. In addition to these services, Heartbeat has recognised the needto build on these interventions and grow these communities from within. We seethe establishment of community ambassadors as a critical component for thisgrowth and in particular to champion youth based development and opportunities. Going forward Heartbeat will therefore focus on theeducational support for OVC with the main objective of developing futureleaders. This will involve the selection of a core group of young communitymembers that will be nurtured to serve as community ambassadors and futureyoung leaders. This strategy is aligned with the vision of Heartbeat as a nurturing organisation, empowering orphaned andvulnerable children and those who support them to be responsible leaders of thefuture. OVCs will not be treated as passive recipients of services. They willbe empowered to be agents of change in their own lives and that of thecommunity by giving value back to the community and Heartbeat from day one.Once they have ‘graduated’ from the ambassadorprogramme, they will stay on as alumni with a responsibility to empower ayounger generation of leaders. Their commitment to education for leadershipwill be negotiated with them from the day that they sign up as HeartbeatGetAhead! Ambassadors.
Heartbeat will sustain its national footprintby leveraging its existing presence and relationships in communities across thecountry for its targeted interventions on education for leadership development.It will not cease to deliver programmes to the broader community of OVCs, but itwill structure these programmes around partnerships with government, businessand civil society for maximum impact and benefit to all involved. It willconsider the use of technologies to provide opportunities for all members ofthe public to get involved in the development of future leaders from the OVCcommunity.
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