Everyone should have a place to be safe, cared for and loved. Our drop-in centres bolster the efforts of our CBO partners by providing them with a dedicated space to work from. Here, children in need access daily meals and therapeutic programs. They are monitored for trauma and provided with access to healthcare and psychosocial support. The CBO members use the space for meetings and training, and over time, as they develop their skills, resources and networks, the centres become a resource for the entire community. ASAP’s youth program activities also take care at the drop-in centres and food gardening is encouraged as an integral part of the OVC nutrition program.
Light and bright, the design of the buildings are developed in consultation with community members, built by community nominated builders on land assigned by the chief and registered with Rural Land Affairs as property of the CBOs in perpetuity.
Resources within the drop-in centres include:
A kitchen & dining area
Carers prepare a nutritious daily meal for on average 390 children per day!
A training/meeting area
Community members engage in hands on trainings and facilitated workshops
Space for after school and therapeutic programmes
After school programmes and art workshops provide stimulation and the opportunity for self-expression and creativity
Outdoor play area
A safe space children can play and have fun. Play equipment helps develop gross motor skills.
A food garden & water tanks
Rain water is stored to combat drought and provide water for the garden. We buy locally grown organic produce from the community which is used to feed the vulnerable children. The garden is an example of how to live sustain-ably and combat food insecurity.
Records are safely kept and management have a quite space in which to work.