Child Aid & Community Development

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The Child Aid and Community Development programs operate around two corner stones. One

corner stone is the experience that when people come together to find better ways they find better ways. The other corner stone is the experience that a holistic approach and many simultaneous activities are needed in order to create lasting solutions and overcome lack of development and deprivation of the children.

 

In Child Aid, people organize themselves into Village Action Groups or other community structures in order to have a forum for discussion, planning of common tasks that need to be done or to identify the problems, learn about the issues and find and implement solutions together.

 

The program of a Child Aid and Community Development Project operates within 10 lines of

activities:

 

  1. Strengthening the economy of the families
  2. Health and hygiene - hereunder the fight against HIV and AIDS
  3. Pre-schools
  4. Children as active in the political, social, cultural and economic spheres of society
  5. Children without parents
  6. Education
  7. District development
  8. Environment
  9. Locally defined headline
  10. Locally defined headline

 

New knowledge, mutual understanding, social support and hope for the future are generated when the people go together to plan and carry out the short term and long term actions that are needed to create the development that is most crucial for their community.

 

Many actions to improve food security, promote good health, solve basic problems with water and sanitation, create better education conditions or organize systems for taking care of the sick or children without parents take place within the frame of the 10 lines.

 

The dialectics between the people and the program create change. Over time it becomes evident that the actions make a difference. The spirit of community evolves and thus more actions are taken.

 

The contributions of everyone in the community are important. Therefore the Project Leader is the mainstay of the projects, as always in the Humana People to People projects. She or he lives in the community and works alongside the people, contributing to the solutions and building capacity in people to identify problems and organize the actions that are likely to create development.

 
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