We are proud to report the figures of children assisted in our current financial year per month-
April 2011- 2221
May 2011- 2035
June 2011- 2056
The Foundation’s project for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) has grown naturally from our involvement in the Home-Based Care Project. As our fieldworkers care for and support people living with HIV and AIDS and their families, they know when a child is vulnerable and/or becomes orphaned.
In typical cases, we can collaborate with government to help the child find a home with an appropriate relative. Beyond that, there are a number of difficulties that both the child and caregivers face where we may assist. In other cases, where the parents are still alive, children and their families are subject to other challenges. In all cases, there are usually socio-economic pressure and hardship, including high unemployment.
We realized that we are uniquely positioned to continue to do more to help these children, and to the caregivers who take the children in. As we have developed a sustainable and revolving support system, we are able to help many children, whether we find them through our Home-Based Care beneficiaries or not. Topsy’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Project was launched in 2002, and has evolved as time and the communities’ needs have been monitored.
Today there are a number of core activities involved, and all serve to offer these children both an immediate lifeline and a framework for moving forward with an improved quality of life and stability. These core offerings are providing food parcels, school fees and clothing, (ensuring that the children are going to school), and crucially helping the caregiver to access a social welfare grant. Once the grant is obtained and the family is stabilized, we can then move on to help the next family and children who are in dire need.
A highlight in this time has been the employment of another social worker, which has enhanced the sharing of workload and increased efficacy. We have seen continued proper monitoring of families, equality of distribution of care, quality budgeting and relationships continuing to build in trust and strength.
A great development has been the implementation of a computerized data capturing system. With the ability to easily capture, monitor, maintain and update beneficiary information, we have seen even more improvement and ease in our administration of this and other projects. In fact, another of our strengths as an organization is the ability to link each project through support, staff networking, team co-ordination and mutual assistance.
Each project links to the others in terms of outcome – at the end of the day, the outcome for the beneficiary remains our guiding priority. The OVC project links specifically with the Vegetable Gardening Project, Voluntary Counseling and Testing Project and of course Home-Based Care Project.
The support of individuals and of companies has enabled us to provide comprehensive support to over 2000 children on a monthly basis and we thank you for making this possible.