By Danielle Skidmore | Trust and Community Fundraiser
Mother and Baby
AfriKids’ ‘One Child at a Time’ policy came into effect as a direct response to local needs. It is a unique approach that ensures we never overlook the needs of any child that comes into our care. All children are assessed as individuals, and are given a care package designed especially for them. No two children are the same, so we do not apply the same rule to all. Since 2002, there have been over 786,423 beneficiaries, and 130,409 of those were in 2013 alone.
We have 27 different projects, all of which are child-focused. Beneficiaries can benefit in a number of ways; including being registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme enabling them to receive free healthcare and being entered into formal education; including all necessary items such as books and uniforms. There are 35 children living in our excellent foster home which is run by Mama Laadi, and 20+ in our transitional street child home – the Next Generation Home (NGH). We also run evening classes twice a week for children who live on the streets. Often, these children find the prospect of giving up the little they earn too daunting to consider, so these evening classes are a great way for children to be introduced to schooling. For street children, entry into formal education takes time, and the staff work hard to build relationships and respect with them.
In all possible cases, AfriKids tries to resettle children with their families and avoid the institutionalisation of beneficiaries. AfriKids ensures that the children will be going back to a caring and loving home. This is a long journey with many counselling sessions and discussions on the best outcome for the child.
Our 'one child at a time' policy continues to be successful and ensures that all children are receiving top quality care and education; also ensuring that they are accompanied through the transition from childhood to independent adulthood.
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