COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children

by Power of Love Foundation
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COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
COVID education/"Safe Park" for Children
A teenager leading games for younger children
A teenager leading games for younger children

The Power of Love team extends a personal and heartfelt thanks to you for your dedication to provide a safe environment for children to learn and play. 2018 was an extraordinary year. With your support, several hundred orphans and vulnerable children engage in educational games and activities every week. As a result, the children are happier, better adjusted to their difficult circumstances, interact better with their families, enjoy school, and feel a sense of belonging in the community.  In addition, a few older children lead activities and workshops for younger children and are learning to become leaders.    

Please take a moment to treat yourself to this short video, in which community residents are singing traditional songs to kick off a mosquito nets provision and education event in Lusaka, Zambia. We are sure this video will bring a smile to your face.

Sending a giant wave of love to you and your family this holiday season!

Attending an HIV education session
Attending an HIV education session
Learning to tell time
Learning to tell time

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Showing off their artwork
Showing off their artwork

We are growing educators and leaders? Over the last 2-3 years, we have been encouraging older children to lead workshops during our weekly educational games and activities program. Some of the older children, who are regular participants in “Safe Park”, have taken up this challenge and are now leading workshops in HIV prevention and basic hygiene for younger children. These young educators have become role models and mentors for younger children and will grow up to become community leaders. 

Leader in training: Meet Joe, a 17-year old, who lives with his aunt and four cousins. For the last three years, Joe has been participating enthusiastically in educational activities and games during our “Safe Park” program on Saturday mornings. He is also enrolled in Power of Love’s pediatric HIV care program and receives a comprehensive package of health care services. As a result, Joe’s health has improved significantly over the last 12 years that he has been with us. He is studying in grade nine and is an excellent student. Since, 2017, Joe has been leading workshops on HIV prevention and hygiene and enjoys this assignment. He says that he loves mentoring younger children. 

Benefits of “Safe Park”: “Safe Park” activities benefit hundreds of children like Joe, get help with school work, learn about HIV prevention, and have fun with peers. The children get an opportunity to play, interact freely with other children, and mentor younger children. In addition, their families are referred to government clinics for counseling and testing for HIV, TB and cervical cancer. All program activities are designed to help children learn life skills and to provide critical information (location of clinics for counseling) to family members. The result is well adjusted happier children, and a stronger, more well-informed community.

What is Safe Park? “Safe Park” is Power of Love’s community outreach program and is free and open to all children in the community of Matero, in Lusaka, Zambia. Most children in this community are vulnerable and/or orphaned; they live with extended families, grandmothers or older siblings and often face hunger, disease, abuse, and neglect. As a result, they need counseling, support, and a safe area to interact freely; their families’ need information about other organizations who could be help to them. 

Thanks for helping provide a safe environment for vulnerable children to learn and play.

We area a team
We area a team
We love to play and learn
We love to play and learn
More play activities
More play activities

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Children coloring and having fun with friends

Who attends Safe Park? “Safe Park” is Power of Love’s community outreach program and is free and open to all children in the community of Matero, in Lusaka, Zambia. Most children in this community are vulnerable and/or orphaned; they live with extended families, grandmothers or older siblings and face hunger, disease, abuse and neglect. As a result, they need counseling, and their families’ information about other organizations who could be help to them.

Here are stories about two children in Safe Park who were impacted by this program.

Peter is a 12- year old who attends “Safe Park” regularly and is always eager to be of assistance to the youth counselors. The counselors noticed Peter’s desire to work with them and made him responsible for a few duties, such as dividing children into groups, helping with set up of the play area for younger children, and getting other children ready for their educational workshops. Peter was thrilled with his assignments and executed them flawlessly. He is a role model for younger children; he inspires them to work hard and do better in every aspect of their lives.

Maria, a quiet 10-year old, attends Safe Park regularly and participates enthusiastically in all educational games and activities. For an educational activity, she drew a picture of herself as a teacher shared the picture and her dream of becoming a teacher when she grows up. The counselor explained that Maria could realize her dream if she worked hard at school. However, Maria got upset and started crying; it was discovered that she could not attend school as her mom did not have funds for a school uniform. After a few weeks of discussions, Maria’s mom was qualified and received business training and a loan to start a business. Maria is now in school and a happy 10-year old. Safe Park” is linked to our micro loans and pediatric HIV care programs and this helps families enrol in multiple programs and take advantage of the comprehensive set of services offered.

Children like Peter and Maria get help with school work, learn about HIV prevention, and their families are referred to government clinics for counseling and testing for HIV, TB and cervical cancer. In addition, the children are happier as they get an opportunity to play, interact freely with other children, and mentor younger children. All program activities are designed to help the children learn life skills and to provide critical information (location of clinics for counseling) to family members. The result is a stronger and well informed family and community.

Thanks for your love and caring for orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.

In a safe and happy place
In a safe and happy place
Showing off their work
Showing off their work
Happy with their counselors
Happy with their counselors

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Children drawing their favorite activities
Children drawing their favorite activities

We would like to wish all moms a Happy Mother’s Day. Here is an update from the field regarding our "Safe Park" program. 

Cholera Outbreak in Zambia: Zambia went through a cholera outbreak beginning in October 2017. The impact was severe in Lusaka and especially in our community of Matero and the surrounding communities due to contaminated water supplies, contaminated food, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene practices in these areas. In December 2017, the Ministry of Health stepped in to take measures to control and prevent the spread of cholera. Schools were closed till January end and meetings of more than 2-3 people were not allowed. The government banned food venders selling on the streets. The military was called in to clean markets and unblock drains to help to fight the spread of cholera and about 1.3 million people were vaccinated by late January. 

Our Response: Since late January, we added discussions on educating children about the dangers and prevention of infectious diseases such as cholera, and the importance of good hygiene to prevent ill-health and disease. Discussions with older children ranged from poor hygiene, to ring worms, rashes, sores, diarrhea and vomiting. With younger children discussions were around the importance of basic hygiene such as washing hands, clothes, bathing frequently. At present, the cholera outbreak is under control.

"Safe Park" ongoing activities include educational games, discussions and workshops regarding basic hygiene, STD’s, HIV, malaria and help with school work. These activities empower the child to cope with their difficult circumstances and help family members take better care of their orphans and vulnerable children.

Thanks for your love and caring for orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.

A little girl learning to hula hoop
A little girl learning to hula hoop
This boy loves to play and learn during Safe Park
This boy loves to play and learn during Safe Park
Children participating in a group discussion
Children participating in a group discussion

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A fun Saturday morning with friends
A fun Saturday morning with friends

Why Safe Park?: Zambia is one of the poorest countries in the world with an overwhelming 1.2 million orphans in a population of just 16.7 million. Most orphans live with extended families, grandmothers or older siblings and face hunger, disease, abuse and neglect. Our "Safe Park program", is located in Matero, one of the largest and poorest compounds in Lusaka, Zambia. The community of Matero is characterized with a high incidence of HIV, AIDS and malaria and unemployment rates upwards of 60%. Most residents are poor and live on less than $2 per day – defined as extreme poverty by the UN.

Our goals and what we do: Our goals are: teach life skills, provide education and counseling regarding HIV, and help children with school work. This program, which is free and open to all children in Matero, organizes educational activities for young children, educates older children about HIV, provides counseling to family members, and helps children with school work. Every Saturday morning about 70-80 children come to play and learn with our trained child care staff. 

We do more than play: “Safe Park” is linked to our micro loans and pediatric HIV care programs and this helps families take advantage of a diverse set of services. For example, Mary who is 10 years old loves to participate in all “Safe Park” games and activities. During one activity she was asked what she wanted to become when she grew up and she said that she wanted to be a teacher. Our child care counsellor advised Mary to attend school regularly to achieve her dream. At this point Mary confided that she has been missing school as her mom could not afford to pay for her school uniform. After a few follow-up conversations, her mom was qualified and given a micro loan to start a business. Mary’s mom now runs a business that helps pay for food, rent and school expenses. There are hundreds of children like Mary who can benefit from “Safe Park” program activities. 

Impact of program activities: Children like Mary, get help with school work, learn about HIV prevention, and their families are referred to government clinics for counseling and testing for HIV, TB and cervical cancer. In addition, the children are happier as they get an opportunity to play, interact freely with other children, and mentor younger children. All program activities are designed to help the children learn life skills and to provide critical information (such as location of clinics for further counseling and testing for HIV) to family members. The result is a stronger family and community.

Thanks for your caring for orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.

We love to get together with friends
We love to get together with friends
Children in Matero
Children in Matero

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