Jan 5, 2021

Ever wonder how ONETrack develops our programs?

Family preservation initiatives are not something that can be determined by a ‘one-size fits all’ model - every country, village, and individual family’s situation is circumstantial and unique. At ONETrack International (OTI), an important part of our strategy is learning from and working with the communities of our local partners.

The gap that ONETrack addresses is to relieve orphanages of the children who do not belong in them, while simultaneously reuniting the family by placing children in the households of surviving family members and ensuring they receive the proper education and healthcare. OTI assumes the role of foster care in regions that do not have the systems in place to care for all of the parentless children. In other regions where reintegration is difficult, we commit to group families with multiple orphans, and we will begin experimenting with orphan-prevention in the coming years so the children at-risk of being removed from family members for economic reasons can be spared institutional life.

This all involves an intimate relationship and mutual trust with the communities we work for and serve.

So, how do we choose our local partners?

The ONETrack Operations Team is responsible for identifying local partners who are qualified to assume the role of an OTI field team and administer Transition to Home activities. They may identify these partners through existing relationships, by leveraging contacts they have in-country, through open-source research that is followed by further verification and vetting processes (partner analysis, operational overview, etc.), or any other means that introduces OTI to the appropriate individuals and organizations to collaborate with. These partners are expected to have a profound understanding of the region, village and orphans/vulnerable children (OVC) situations and processes in their country and be able to assist in the selection process of potential beneficiaries and host families. OTI policy is to work with local partners or local-led initiatives and never bring in outside staff to act as our field team leaders. 

Want to learn more? Visit our Project Summary page:

https://onetrackinternational.org/projectsummary/

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Sep 9, 2020

ONETrack International Expands into Kosovo!

 

We are excited to announce that we have started working with at risk children in Kosovo.

ONETrack has partnered with Shpresa dhe Shtëpitë e Fëmijëve (Hope and Homes for Children) to support children without parental care or who are the victims of domestic violence, abuse, or human trafficking.

Although the situation has changed significantly and there are laws in place to address their protection, many children in Kosovo still do not enjoy their basic rights. Even now, they are living in extreme poverty, not able to attend school, and left without parental care. Additionally, in recent years, there has been a disturbing increase in the number of children involved in street begging, used as child labor, and in the emergence of human trafficking cases concerning under-aged victims.

In response, The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare in Kosovo, as a mandated body for provision of protection and services for children in need, in the absence of public shelters, has continuously contacted the Hope and Homes for Children, a local Kosovar NGO, to provide community-based services for vulnerable children during their childhoods.

And now, ONETrack International is helping to support the Hope and Homes for Children program as well. Our focus is on their reintegration system, ensuring the children receive an education in a safe environment. Together, we emphasize a child focused approach that is designed to meet each child’s individual needs.

To learn more about our work in Kosovo, check out the full blog here: http://onetrackinternational.org/kosovo/

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May 13, 2020

ONETrack International's Dedication to Education

UNICEF states all children should receive primary education that is not only free and mandatory but of good quality. This supports the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirming education as a basic human right. After all, increasing access to education has been proven to reduce poverty and disease.

Although the world has made remarkable progress towards this goal, there are still countries where it has not been reached. This means that families in these countries pay for baseline tuition in addition to out of pocket fees for transportation, school supplies, and even classroom supplies, with textbooks making up around half of the poorest families’ educational expenses. And unfortunately, educational expenses are only expected to rise.

ONETrack International not only supports the household and healthcare essentials, but also the educational costs of the children in our Transition to Home programs. This includes those supplemental costs such as textbook and transportation fees. By aligning ourselves with the United Nations’ goals of reducing poverty and achieving universal education, we hope to find sustainable ways to improve the lives of our children and the future of their communities.

To learn more about the importance of education to our programs, check out our blog “Education as a Human Right”!

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