Hands at Work helps villages find community-based solutions to the crisis.
In this model orphans are kept within family-unit groups headed by a local caregiver (a granny, an aunt, or an elder sibling) within the community, where they receive the psycho-social care that family and community provide. The community-based organisations then support these families through community care points and teams of trained local care workers who visit the children in their homes.
This approach utilizes the community’s existing resources, and forms the basis of a partnership between the local community and outside supporters in caring for the most vulnerable. The Hands at Work model of care was deemed a “best-practice” model by USAID.
Caring for Children
The goal of Hands at Work is to care for 100,000 orphaned and vulnerable children through its USAID “best-practice” model of community care. As the church is mobilized in each African community to unite and reach out, their focus is providing access to basic health care, education and food to the most vulnerable children in their community.
Lack of a secure food source is a primary cause of vulnerability among Africa’s poorest children, driving many to incredibly dangerous survival practices. Young girls across Africa are daily selling their bodies just to secure a plate of food.
Millions of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa have no access to even primary education. Orphans are often forced to abandon school for a number of reasons: inadequate funds for school fees, caring for sick family members or younger siblings, emotional distress, and discrimination. But education is the key to unlocking every child’s God-given potential.
Hands at Work in Africa improves the health of the most vulnerable through a suite of holistic activities delivered in the homes of sick and dying parents and of orphaned and vulnerable children.