Child's i Foundation Impact Report - Autumn 2021 Edition

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The second and final 2021 Impact report by Child's i Foundation.

REPORT

March - August 2021

IMPACT





Ali, a trained

Meet

community

For the last 5 years, Ali has been supporting

families in his community. As a father of 5,

he says he would like to see children in his

community grow up with their families. “I

want to see families in my community stay

together”.

volunteer

During this pandemic, Ali has been using the

bicycle, provided to him through our

partnership with The Rocket Foundation, to

deliver food and health supplies to families

in need in his community.

“I have supported families by delivering food

and health supplies to help them get

through the pandemic,” Ali tells us. “I have

also been educating families on how to keep

safe and encouraging children to stay at

home and wash their hands to prevent them

from catching the virus.”

When Ali is not supporting families, he is

working in his electrical shop within the

community.

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Community volunteers

Family and

Active

Support

Community

(AFCS) Model

Household economy

Poverty, inability to provide for basic

needs, lack or no access to economic

development opportunities all have a

tremendous impact on children's

wellbeing and adults as well. Following

a household income assessment, we

work with families to develop income

generating activities to help towards

sustainability.

strong families

Building

communities

and

The right of every child to grow up in a family is

guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of

the Child (CRC). Only families can provide the love,

sense of belonging and identity that children need to

thrive, grow and achieve their potential.

We work in collaboration with communities and

alongside the government to develop suitable

solutions that respond to children's needs and

circumstances so that we can replace orphanages

with responsive child protection systems.

conditions

Living conditions have an

important impact on

children's wellbeing. We

support families to ensure

they have their basic needs,

from a mattress to cooking

equipment, and support

them with rental payments

during the pandemic.

and social

Family

relationships

Family and social relationships play a

key role in enabling children to

experience a typical family life, to thrive

and become active community

members. We work with communities

to prevent children from being

separated unnecessarily and support

the safe return of children into families

and communities. We support in

training alternative families for those

children who cannot return home.

i social

Child's

workers

Education

The most at risk communities

lack sufficient means and

sometimes are denied access

to appropriate education.

Working alongside families, we

highlight the importance of

education and support families

to prepare their children, enrol

them and provide scholastic

materials where required.

and

Physical

health

mental

COVID-19 , HIV/AIDS epidemic, mental

health challenges, and post-traumatic

stress are constantly widening the

generation gap, shortening parents’ lives

and increasing the burden on

grandparents. Our community nurse,

together with health partners conducts

health checks, ensures children are up to

date with vaccinations, advises on healthy

nutrition, and signposts families to

specialist health services.

We were introduced to the Active Family and

Community Support (AFCS) model (pictured on the

left) by our partner Hope and Homes for Children. We

have adapted it as an intervention and community

strengthening model in our work in Uganda to identify

and support children most at risk of being separated

from their parents, and preventing their

institutionalisation. We also use the approach to

support orphanages to safely transition children into

families and communities, and to transform into

community based services.

AFCS has enabled us to mobilise local community

members who are upskilled and trained as child

protection volunteers and champions. They support

parents to find local solutions to their challenges and

connect families to community resources. The

community-led approach has demonstrated how

families can be strengthened, and enables us to

recruit and develop alternative families such as kinship

care and foster care for those children who need

them.

We have also worked with the national government

and other civil society partners to develop domestic

adoption, ensuring that children grow up in families

within their community or country. We base our

approach on the evidence of what is best for children

and, by working with communities, local government

and grassroots organisations, together we

demonstrate how it is possible for every child to live in

the care and protection of a family, in inclusive and

safe communities.

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