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ASAP Model

Rationale

In 2002 we found 100 women caring for 280 children, and by 2010 there were over 614 women providing broad-based care to 9,995 children. With the installation of community care centre buildings and gardens, in addition to regular on-site capacity-building visits, these organizations and their networks of women are capable of scaling up to reach increased numbers of children.

ASAP Model Development

Based on 9 years practical experience, ASAP has developed a 6-year Model that improves and strengthens emerging groups into mature organizations capable of caring for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in community care centres within rural communities. We have learned that change doesn’t happen overnight and that long term strategic work can change the trajectory of lives young and old.

 

Our target beneficiaries are:

  1. Orphans and vulnerable children and child-headed families
  2. Community childcare workers
  3. Guardians (often “gogos”)

 

The Goal is to build the capacity of community based organisations to:

  • Attain 100% accountability
  • Develop and practice good governance
  • Deliver effective broad based care
  • Scale up services to increasing numbers of orphans and vulnerable children
  • Build their own sustainable organizations

 

The Outcome is achieved by:

  • Awarding long term, incremental grants
  • Regular on-site capacity building interventions which are specific and on-going to each year of the model. These include training in bookkeeping, accounting, the roles and responsibilities of board/management/members, data entry and collection, computer and administration, organic food production, rearing chickens for food and income, early childhood development, HIV AIDs education, home based care, nutrition, youth development and career counselling, adolescent girls skills building, psychosocial support and counselling, grant proposal and report writing, small business and entrepreneurship training, school holiday programmes and therapeutic art workshops for children.
  • Identifying and working with the community to set up community care centres on donated property where the OVC are cared for and community work takes place
  • Aid CBOs in becoming registered and opening bank accounts
  • On-going mentoring and support from ASAP staff and board members
  • On-going adult and child literacy programmes
  • Agricultural tools and training to address food insecurity including providing boreholes and water storage tanks
  • Gogo’s Programmes to expand skills, provide support and lay the foundation for income generation
  • Micro business and entrepreneurship training to enhance sustainable economic development
  • Helping women and children to access government grants and services, including health care
  • Training is conducted in local languages
  • Specific assessments of progress determine the organic response of ASAP to challenges and accomplishments