Orphaned and vulnerable children who live in poverty face enormous struggles that span a broad range of issues. In addition to not having their basic needs met, these children might also be HIV positive, suffer from abuse, have to work to support the household, and develop a limited view on life from within their very confined worlds. For children in these situations, it is difficult to develop a good sense of self worth.
Knowing the depth of the effects on these children, Family of Hope Services does much more than provide education and food to the children they support.
75% of FHS Kids Require Psychosocial Support
“At least 75% of the kids at FHS do not have the social support to develop confidence and reap the full benefit of their education if we do not help them holistically,” says Abigail Bachopi, Founder and Director of Family of Hope Services. “So we supplement our classroom education and homework assistance with programming to build self-esteem. We also make home visits to ensure our children are safe and healthy when they’re not at the Centre,” says Abigail.
One-on-one counseling and group counseling are the most critical components of the programming. At least 65% of FHS children suffer from some type of trauma and need emotional support to overcome it. This is done in partnership with the P.E.A.C.E. Centre., a Namibian institute devoted to helping people overcome the negative impacts of violence, and to build self-esteem.