World Vision social workers visit the child families regularly. It's important
to know that someone is concerned about them. The social workers listen
and help with any problems, giving advice and answering questions. They
focus first on meeting the children's most urgent, basic needs.
Emergency food supplies - enough for two meals a day. It costs a lot of
money to feed everyone so World Vision is careful to help those in most
need and help people get into a better situation so they won't need food
assistance for long.
· Household items - like cooking equipment so families can prepare meals
and look after themselves.
· Adequate shelter - providing sheets of iron for roofing and encouraging
the community to help rebuild homes.
· Clothes - replacing worn out clothes with second-hand ones.
· Basic healthcare - social workers teach families about hygiene and help
pay for basic treatment.
needs are just as important, but less urgent. Addressing these long-term
needs is the best way to improve the future for these children. World
Vision workers aim to give the children security, help them provide for
themselves as soon as possible, and train them in skills which will help
them in their later lives. Here are some of the things they do to help
child families help themselves:
· Visit regularly to help
the children feel valued.
Provide guidance and offer courses to the eldest child to learn a trade
like tailoring, carpentry, metalwork or pottery.
· Discuss social issues relevant for daily life.
· Provide time to meet with others, away from family responsibilities.
· Provide education materials and encourage younger family members to
go to school.
· Form cooperatives where everyone helps each other, sharing seeds and
tools, and selling produce together.
· Teach gardening techniques - how to improve soil with terracing, irrigation
· Grow better crops because of agricultural training.
· Breed animals like goats, giving the first-born to another child family
and selling the other offspring.
· Advocate for their rights and protect them from all forms of exploitation.
· Help families keep ownership of their house, land and belongings.
· Encourage communities to be aware and protect the rights of these children
living amongst them.