EBOLA ORPHANS: our 3-step strategy explained
Stage 1 – SURVIVAL
Children need food – we provide it - and clothes and bedding (which are usually destroyed in the disinfection process).
We also provide a home to live in – our trained social workers counsel and educate a member of an orphan’s community or wider family to put their concerns to one side and allow the child to stay with them. This is the hard bit. But good social workers can do it.
Stage 2 – STABILISATION & RECOVERY
Working with the child, family and wider community to make the emergency placement permanent or look for another, enduring one.
CRITICIALLY WE: build relationships. Address trauma, these children have seen horrors.
Stage 3 – BUILDING THE FUTURE
Ebola is primarily infecting the poorest of the poor. And the big-hearted, brave families who are taking these children in are normally no richer than its victims. Once barriers of stigma are scraped away, the biggest questions that normally remain are:
How can I feed another child when I can barely feed the ones I have already?
How can I educate another child when I can barely afford schools for the ones I have already?
We have to address poverty
Street Child has a specialist family business team who train families in business, help them plan, give them a grant or loan & then mentor and monitor their progress.
This works. It is a process Street Child has used thousands of times in Liberia and Sierra Leone to help street children, who are frequently orphans, re-settle in a family; build their confidence and then re-enter, and stay in school – sustainably funded by their family business.
We are ready to do it thousands of times again in the coming months to meet the unprecedented level of need. Or else we face yet another ‘lost generation.’
But we need your help. Please give generously:
£20 a month will help a single child through the above process over 12-18 months (every case is different). Anything you can give will make a difference