Child Aid

Since the beginning in 2006, HPP-Congo has carried out six community development projects called Child Aid in the provinces of Kinshasa, Equateur and Katanga. By the end of 2013, HPP-Congo runs 3 Child Aid projects.
The main objective of Child Aid is to fight against poverty and to promote and ensure the well-being of children by significantly improving the living conditions of their families through a community participatory approach.  Families are organized and mobilized in Families Action Groups (FAG).The FAGs are community-based structures and all the project activities take their point of departure in the group. The FAGs are trained in cooperation and planning to undertake actions aimed at the improvement of their own living conditions and those of their children.

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A Child Aid project consists of 3000 families organized in 8 areas with 10 Family Action Group in each area of 375 families. A project leader leads the activities in the project supported by 1-3 program officers and 8 Area Leaders.  One Child Aid project has 80 Families Action Groups (FAG). A FAG consists of 35 to 40 families with two coordinators elected by the members of the group. The activities in each of the eight areas are coordinated by 1 Area Leader. In each Area, the activities are fall under 10 lines (themes). They are carried out by the members of the FAGs who are at the helm of the project. The 10 lines in Child Aid are:
1) Strengthening the economy of the family
2) Health and Hygiene
3) Pre-schools
4) Children as active in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres of society
5) Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
6) Education
7) Local development
8) The environment
9) Gender
10) The fight against HIV / AIDS and malaria


Statistics sadly confirm the plight of African children, the facts shows according to the African Report on the welfare of children in Africa 2008, 43 % of the sub-Saharan population lived on less than one (1 ) per day 2005, 45 % of children were not registered at birth from 1999 to 2006, 25% of child deaths each year are due to malaria , 6% of child deaths are due to HIV , 500,000 children die the day of their birth , 1,000,000 babies are stillborn each year, 1 million babies die during their first month of life . The report also notes that 800,000 of these deaths are preventable.

This is in response to the appeal launched by UNICEF to bring relief to millions of children in alarming situation that the International Federation HPP designed the program with a view to improve the conditions of children through their families.

The program allows communities to organize themselves in representative structures commonly called Action Groups Families and is therefore in a prospective vision of community development where people play the leading role in all decisions relating to local investment while placing managing the natural resource base of productive activities. The action builds the capacity of families to enable them to analyze their environment, identify constraints and opportunities , plan and implement activities to improve their living conditions, individual and collective development. Thus, the program 's overall objective is to contribute significantly to the reduction of poverty among rural families and promote sustainable and acceptable development.

Currently , this program , which is a 5 year program of works, is executed in two provinces, namely:

Kinshasa Province : a project "Child Aid Kingabwa " with 3400 families participating in all activities.  Since 2007 the program was executed with the projects " Child Aid Malueka " and " Child Aid Kimbwala / Lutendele " who have already completed their activities in late 2011 with 3000 member families each;
Equateur province :  a project " Child Aid Gemena " with 6500 families
The project " Child Aid  Equateur " was started in 2011 and  closed its doors in july 2013  and worked with 2500 families.

The 10 Project Lines

Of these 10 lines , the first 8 are standard for any project while the last two are specific to the needs of the environment in which the project evolves . These lines are interrelated because the results of a line contribute to the success of the other lines because they are a reflection of the demands at the base of a community. Here headings and objectives:

Line 1 : Strengthening the economy of families

The objective of this line is to educate and support families on the techniques of market gardening production, livestock , or other income-generating activities in order to increase their production for their own nutrition and increase their income by the sale of surplus goods or other items.

Line 2: Hygiene & Health

In this line , the objective is to mobilize and educate families about the different modes and routes of transmission of disease and lead to positive behavior change and to undertake their own actions to the fight against disease. This line also implies the sanitation component .

Line 3: Preschool

The goal of the line is to coach kids capita 3 to 5 years in the areas of project intervention . The aim is to enable these children from rural or peri-urban areas to appropriate specific knowledge and skills, acquire a rich oral language organized and understood by the other.

Line 4: Young active in the political , social, economic and cultural

Create a dynamic local youth who paves the way for them to engage in activities to improve their own conditions and those of their community through the emergence this line aims and experience of their talents.

Line 5: Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

OVC give the possibility to have a normal life, without discrimination , like any other child is the goal of this line. On this , the program will mentor socially 50-200 children and young people aged 6-18 years with the support of local monitoring committees set up children .

Line 6: Education

The objective of this line is to foster the education of every child of school age and to ensure that the school environment allows him to finish his studies. The idea is to support educational institutions for a good learning environment and improve teaching methods for the quality and reduce the illiteracy rate .

Line 7 : Local Development

Mobilizing families in studying  this line aims to the development and implementation of local development plans. Sustained cooperation with local authorities aimed at pooling forces and local opportunities for the development of the locality.

Line 8: Environment

The aim is to provide the knowledge and tools necessary for communities to create awareness to develop adaptation strategies and to meet the challenges of climate change. The idea is to slow the pollution of the environment by the actions of health and planting trees around their homes . This is to promote and encourage appropriate cultivation methods and techniques.

Here are listed the specific areas that affect the communities in which the Child Aid projects evolve to now. These are :

Line 9: Genre

The idea is to analyze the status of women, to highlight the role of women in society and to promote equality of treatment between the two sexes. Thousands of women are affected in different ways to suffer discrimination and violence in many forms.

Line 10: Fight against malaria

The idea is to mobilize and empower the community about activities and practices to reduce the cases of malaria , to educate the community in ways to prevent malaria as it remains one of the most deadly diseases , and affects children under 5 years in tropical countries.

The organization Action Groups Families .

This program has at least 3,000 families grouped into 80 Action Groups ( GAF ) with 35 to 40 members. Eache GAF has two coordinators , one male and one female , elected by the members itself . They work willingly and voluntarily for the welfare of their community. The project is divided into 8 zones with 350-400 families in each zone has 1 Area Manager who ensures the execution of 10 lines of the program activities. The program puts families in the center of the proces to analyse the potential , tostrengthen capacity  and constraints to find solutions in the research process.

 

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