Child Aid builds the capacity of families and their communities to work towards the common goal of improving their children’s lives. The project is all-inclusive and recognizes that in order to nurture children successfully, the entire community must be strengthened.
The families are equipped with the skills and knowledge to take responsibility for their own community development. They are empowered to recognize issues or challenges and find solutions. The core objective of all Child Aid initiatives is that children not only survive, but they also thrive; that they grow up healthy and with access to shelter, clean drinking water, sufficient food, education and free from preventable diseases. All parents wish to create such conditions for their children, but many do not manage on their own.
The Child Aid model defines 10 lines of activities, of which the 8 lines are general and 2 lines are determined locally. This means the project has access to lessons learned and experiences from other Child Aid projects, yet at the same time can adapt activities to local needs. Participants organize themselves into Village Action Groups, which meet weekly for lessons and to plan actions.
The 10 lines of Child Aid
- Strengthening the Economy of the Family
- Health and Hygiene
- Children as Active in the Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Spheres of Society
- Children without Parents
- District Development
- Locally defined
Children themselves are heavily involved in Child Aid projects, not just as beneficiaries, but also as participants. By taking part in the Child Aid activities, the children learn that they can act to improve their situation, and understand the fact that what they do matters.