The Small Projects Foundation

Making meaning. Taking action. Changing lives. 

ABSA OVC Project

The Small Projects Foundation

Making meaning. Taking action. Changing lives. 

ABSA OVC Project

We directly assist orphans & vulnerable children in Gqebera/Walmer Township by

  • Establishing a Child Care Forum
  • Identifying 80 OVC families (approximately 100 children) to become beneficiaries of the Absa programme.
  • Training 15 caregivers (in three accredited OVC modules) to be assigned to each of the households to monitor the progress of the children.
  • Undergoing monthly home visits to each family which include addressing the following:
    – Undertaking a situation analysis; namely, availability of food and cleanliness of the home
    – Accessing the general physical and emotional health of each member in the family.
    – Getting an update or feedback from the OVC
    – Recommendation and / or referral of children, where necessary, to relevant services, such as Home Affairs, Social Services & the South African Police Service.
    – Advocacy for school fee exemption.
    – Registration of all children for a social grant.
  • Ensuring monthly contact by the project partner with the school with the aim to:
    – Strengthen the link between the school and the project.
    – Ensure constant information with regards to the child’s school performance and their educational needs.
  • Providing psychosocial support and counselling services to OVC and the caregivers.
  • Facilitating an after school care programme if possible. Here the children will be assisted with their homework. Other problems the OVC are facing can also be identified by the staff in charge of the aftercare programme.
  • Providing food gardening activities to teach the OVC and their families to learn to feed themselves

Providing healthy food through the provision of a monthly food parcel for at least a three month period until the Social Grant funding comes through.

Grannies play a huge role in caring and supporting orphans and vulnerable children. We supported our secondary beneficiaries, the grannies, through:

  • Psychosocial support.
  • Capacity building for the primary caregivers: namely, grannies, foster parent / guardian, elder sibling(s).

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