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Creating a Family Environment

"Every child and young person should live in a supportive, protective and caring environment that promotes his/her full potential. Children with inadequate or no parental care are at special risk of being denied such a nurturing environment... In accordance with the predominant opinion of experts, alternative care for young children, especially those under the age of 3 years, should be provided in family-based settings." [1]

GFV, together with its partners, is helping to restructure the care-giving approach for orphaned and abandoned children.

Institutional-style orphanages are transformed into "Houses" that have the capacity to be "home" for individual families.

• Each Family will have up to 8-12 children (siblings), a trained caregiver (mother) and a "grandparent" from the community.

• Each Family will live together in their own set of rooms.

• The Families will interact with and be an integral part the community.

The Bungamati House management team, and the local community are assisted by GFV in creating income-generating activities, necessary for long-term sustainability.

 

Caregiver Training

A Mother is the single most important figure in a child’s life. GFV assures that all Family Mothers are well-trained, either at the beginning of their placement or on-site within the first year. Caregiver Training promotes healthy and happy infant and baby development, leading to a reduction in infant mortality as well as improvements in all aspects of infant and baby development. The program, which emphasizes empowerment of the caregivers, will ultimately enhance the quality of care for infants and children aged 0-6 years.

In 2009, thiry-two caregivers were trained in all aspects of baby and child development and current best practices; recognition of trauma in a child; and the special needs of the traumatized child. There was also esteem-building workshops for the caregivers and improvements to the facilities available for them. By the end of the program, the caregivers were more like "mothers" and are working more confidently and cooperatively in a manner consistent with mothers caring for their own children.

1 United Nations General Assembly, 24 February 2010, Resolution adopted by the General Assembly [on the report of the Third Committee (A/64/434)] 64/142. Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children22.