Communities can provide an amazing breadth and depth of care for orphaned children. “Poor” communities can be rich in important resources: time, love, skills, long-term commitment, and a desire for justice.
Bopoma Villages strengthens and equips families to care for orphaned children in their communities by:
- providing clean water
- teaching on hygiene, nutrition and disease prevention
- improving food security through agricultural training and assistance to develop community and household gardens
- providing emotional and practical support for children and caregivers through our staff and a team of trained volunteers
- addressing the isolation orphaned children and their caregivers experience through regular gatherings to share experiences, learn together and work on joint projects
- helping families keep children in school
- training in table banking and developing small income generating projects
- working with local churches to train orphan support teams and encourage fostering of unrelated orphaned children
- linking families to local resources, including organizations that provide school fee grants.
Equipping local volunteers increases the reach and effectiveness of our programs and makes them sustainable.
Bopoma Villages is intentional about building the skills and competence of the local community and developing local leadership capacity. Our goal is for all of our programs to be continually progressing toward self-sustainability.
Our dedicated volunteer leaders have deep roots and connections in their communities and form a critical link between Bopoma Villages and the children and families we serve. They work closely with Bopoma Villages’ staff to ensure that our programs are effective and address the real needs of their communities. Our community volunteers conduct regular home visits, organize and lead village meetings for caregivers and children, and encourage and support the participation of families in Bopoma Villages’ agricultural training and other projects. They play an essential role in modeling and promoting the behaviour changes Bopoma Villages is seeking to introduce.