Ingwavuma Orphan Care has been working in the Umkhanyakude district since 2000. This project allows the organisation to continue its work in the community to strengthen its support for children. The project consists of three parts. Firstly, the organisation’s coordinators work with 120 community members drawn from the local churches who visit vulnerable children in their communities giving them practical support and friendship. Each of these community workers have 10 families in need of support that they will meet with once or twice a week.
Secondly, the project partners with Clowns Without Borders to run workshops to provide psychosocial support to children and their caregivers as well as doing a tour of schools to relieve stress through laughter.
Thirdly, social workers and paralegals assist orphan families to access foster care grants and then a foster care supervisor monitors the families. These grants are often the only source of income for families in the district, and helps improve their quality of life.
This project also provides training and skill building for the staff, family members and volunteers in areas such as psychosocial support, HIV prevention, money management and gender issues. The support and training provided as well as the practical assistance in accessing grants leaves the community in a much stronger position both socially and economically to care for its vulnerable children.