Project Goal: $41,137
In the midst of undertaking an evaluation exercise for our orphan care program we are working hard to make sure the children and youth involved are given an equal voice alongside other members of the community, including the local chiefs and government officials.
As such we have been focusing on creating spaces in which young people can be heard. These include small group discussions in which participants are more likely to express themselves amongst their peers rather than in a group with adults.
Also in the orphan care project we are providing the means for children to stay in school so the next generation can have a voice. As they study, they are given the op- portunity to grow in confidence, knowledge and in the ability to analyse and think for themselves in order to develop the skills to present their ideas clearly.
Thirdly in our youth peer prevention project we have been training the peer educators how to communicate, lead groups, and speak out to their peers. This provides them with the skill needed to lead discussion groups and even organising debating sessions so the voices of the youth can start to be heard.
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This project works in partnership with the Africa Evangelical Church (AEC) to support families caring for orphans through advocacy, nutrition, respite for carers and educational needs to ensure that these children are given hope and a future.