Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!

by ONETrack International
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!
Promoting Transition to Home Orphan-Care!

We are excited to share the ONETrack International 2020 Impact Report with our GlobalGiving community! You can access the complete PDF here: https://onetrackinternational.org/2020impact/

As a small teaser, check out the letter from our board…

 

The year 2020 will be remembered by most as one of the truly challenging periods of human history. It certainly brought on a glut of destructive forces, in respect to global health and individual lives, economic hardships, and a retreat from transnational coordination; and, these will forever be the tragedies that will surface in our minds when we reflect upon the pandemic. However, it was also a year of polarity and the devastation at the foreground of the Covid-era newsfeed will always overshadow some of the more advantageous secondary effects that will emerge only once the catastrophe subsides: while there were so many that suffered from the virus itself, the race for treatments and cures also led to monumental strides in scientific achievement; while an erratic global economy damaged so many peoples’ situations and prospects, new innovations and systems derived to weather that uncertainty will be another irreversible byproduct of the pandemic; and, despite the ‘fend for yourself’ mentality of geopolitical 2020, we are starting to see multilateralism rise again as the world fights to bring infection rates down…

Just as the planet suffered such polarizing conditions, ONETrack International too experienced adverse outcomes in every aspect of our mission. From an Operations standpoint: While we are happy to report that none of the villages that we work in encountered any major outbreaks, there were certainly many losses in the developing world as economies closed, went on long lockdowns, families received fewer remittances from overseas and there was virtually no tourism in places that rely on it — and this added mounting pressure on already strained households. In addition, there are always lingering fears of what an outbreak could do to remote and rural villages with limited access to the health equipment required to fight the virus (and as all NGOs, we also had an abundance of non-pandemic matters to tend to — a conflict in Cameroon, two hurricanes in Honduras, and an economic collapse in Zimbabwe — to name a few).

As an Organization: The ONETrack model proved extremely resilient! As policy, ONETrack has always made it protocol to have our field teams composed completely of local coordinators and staff, and as other charities scrambled to recall expatriate personnel ‘from the field’; we charged on — business as usual. Also, our philosophy to maintain extremely low overhead and exist solely as a virtual office almost seems prescient now, because by the time the pandemic hit, our day to day was already working though the online platforms that most companies hurried to acquire and learn. As for our Fundraising Efforts: Despite the world undergoing a collective trauma not met in generations, and despite all the anger and blame on the façades, HUMANITY CAME THROUGH! We saw a colossal rise in individual giving and massive increase in our volunteer force- like never before! People from all backgrounds, regions of the world, and political creeds were excited to be part of our programs, despite all that was going on in their personal lives, and while a lot of viciousness consumed the headlines this year, compassion and sympathy found its way to a lot of folks that needed it. And, we need to thank our incredible Senior Executive Team, our outstanding Volunteer Staff and amazing Mission Ambassadors for all that you did to make 2020 such a success; and, to everyone who donated to our volunteered for our children in the year of 2020, we thank you so much for your continued faith in humanity.

By Todd Finklestone, Director of Operations & Shaun Bamforth, Executive Director

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We are excited to announce that we have started working in Colombia. 

ONETrack International has partnered with La Fundación Tiempo de Paz (FTP) to support children affected by abuse and violence in Medellin, Colombia.

La Fundación Tiempo de Paz has two child centers in neighborhoods which consistently experience high levels of extreme poverty and violence. ONETrack International is supporting programs that benefit over 102 children- with a focus on those children that belong to homes in which the head-of-household is a single mother (and the children are considered economic orphans).

FTP and ONETrack represent a relief and source of protection for the children and those head-of-household women who do not have a safe place to go. Government-sponsored child centers focus on children ages 0-5; and so, our target population are children ages 5-12. This makes it easier for women to continue working, knowing that their children are spending their days in protective environments, where they feel safe and provided for. We also provide basic care: food, clothes or furnishings; mental health support- through psychological and social care; programs that defend the rights of children and assist in reporting sexual abuse of both mothers and children; and education materials and courses for access to work life, food science, health and nutrition, self-implementation, childrearing guidelines and other training courses.

To learn more about our work in Colombia, check out the full blog here: https://onetrackinternational.org/colombia/

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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. 

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https://onetrackinternational.org/projectsummary/

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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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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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Anna Cavolowsky
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