In Malawi there are over 1 million orphans, meaning there are a huge number of young people living without emotional or social support. On the recent WeSeeHope supporter trip, Meg, Alan and Mike met a young man called Christopher who described the challenges orphans face, and they saw how community participation is helping to overcome these challenges…

 

 

Through community-based Kids Clubs, orphans and other vulnerable children of all ages are given the opportunity to socially interact with their peers and gain life skills that help them feel less stigmatized and alone. Children can come together, learn, play games and discuss issues like child rights and peer pressure with young mentors who share their own experiences. These community volunteers use drama and music to encourage the children to express their feelings, and empower them to educate their peers and the wider community about rights and responsibilities. The activities are also helpful in identifying children who are suffering from grief or other trauma, who will then receive additional support.

By building a community support structure, the project ensures that orphans and other vulnerable children can be supported for the long-term, and communities are better able to care for isolated children and to help them reach their potential.