AfriKids’ runs a ‘One Child at a Time’ policy which aims to understand each child’s unique situation and work with them as individuals. We understand that each child is different and has their own respective story, and therefore requires help that is tailored to their own background and needs. The policy was introduced as a direct response to local needs and focuses on supporting children and their families in order to create positive, sustainable change.
Our ‘One Child at a Time’ approach is put into action in all of our projects. Currently AfriKids runs 27 projects which are all child-focused. The ‘New Beginnings’ programme was launched in 2009, and focuses on giving vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the Upper East Region a good start in life. This project aims to help street and working children by resettling them and each child receives a package tailored to their individual needs. The packages included a variety of things aimed at supporting the child and their family, including lunch allowances and national health insurance. New Beginnings supports young people to earn a living, for example through formal apprenticeships so they can learn a trade.
Tackling child streetism, ‘One Child at a Time’ ensures a high percentage of children we identify are successfully re-settled at home and enrolled in school. The School of Night Rabbits provides 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 and begin the process of re-settlement with families. For children living and working on the street, entry into formal education may take time, but each child is treated as an individual and our staff take the time to build relationships with each and every one of them.
Our ‘One Child at a Time’ policy continues to be successful and we aim to use this approach in all of our projects. It is an effective method of ensuring that all children that we support receive quality support, which involves understanding what they and their families need in order to enable sustainable change.
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