Uganda social workers are now just clicks away from laws that protect minors from abuse.
Identifying a community’s vulnerable children and providing services that open doors to a fuller more productive life is, with 4Children, a vital but in a sense short-term goal. Strengthening a community’s capacity to continue to serve its children, their caregivers and families means sustained support long after the project’s end.
Still, it is extremely encouraging to hear stories like Felix’s. Here is a young boy facing challenges that seemed insurmountable. The immediate assistance he received opened a door to continuing education and a better future.
In a small village in Lesotho called Ha Mosekeseke a group of 15 girls, ages 10-14, are receiving financial literacy and social support through the Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children) DREAMS program. The financial education that empowers girls and improves social assets is just part of a comprehensive package to protect and prevent young women from engaging in risky behavior.
Brigitte’s story illustrates that holistic health and well-being requires coordinated comprehensive care.
Positive parenting programs are helping caregivers communicate better with their children. Maisaka and her granddaughter, Mpolokeng, are sharing their story.
In a context of chronic poverty or illness, where resources are always in short supply, learning new skills for communicating with children may not seem like the top priority. But caregivers have found social support, communication and positive parenting can safeguard children for a brighter future.
Improving parenting skills of caregivers affected by HIV is having lifelong effects for the caregivers and their children. Even in contexts of chronic need, caregivers are testifying to the value of positive parenting in bringing harmony and health to their families.