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the work of help a child

Help A Child has been working for 50 years to offer hope for the future to impoverished children and their families in Asia and Africa. In 2016 our outreach Help A Child in Kenya extended to 110,000 children living in 11 different countries. On the right-hand side of this page you can read about the five main aspects of the work of Help A Child. If you would like to support our efforts through any of these programs please contact us by filling out our feedback form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Sponsorship
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Education
  • Job Training

Indian girl smilingChild sponsorship is the cornerstone upon which the work of Help A Child was built over 50 years ago. Today it continues to be one of the fundamental building-blocks of our work. However in recent years we have both re-evaluated and broadened the sponsorship model in order to better serve children and their families, within their own communities whenever possible. Whereas in the past children were often placed in a children's home or orphanage, the emphasis now is to allow them to remain in their natural environment in the care of their own (extended) family and community whenever possible. For a small number of children, a children's home is still the African familybest option, however we now consider it to be a measure of last resort rather than the norm.

At the same time we have broadened the concept of sponsorship to include job training, families and entire villages. Child and family sponsorships enable you to have a personal connection with those you are helping. By receiving updated photographs, letters and reports on a regular basis, you maintain a connection to your sponsored child or family. Through sending letters and praying for your sponsored child or family you can become a meaningful presence in their lives. We hope you will join our team by becoming a Help A Child sponsor. To read more about these various sponsorship opportunities please visit our sponsorship page. Click on either of the photos above to view the Help A Child Sponsorship film.

 

 

mother with Aids & daughterMillions of children in the Third World are victims of AIDS. Their fathers and mothers die as a result of the disease. Many of these children are infected as well. Help A Child provides care for these children and helps in the fight against this terrible disease. Our goal is to provide these children and their families with hope for the future.

A number of Help A Child partners have important programs in place aimed at AIDS patients and their families. Through these programs they strive to alleviate suffering by means of home visitation, instruction, medicine and nutritional supplements. They discuss various options for the Aids counselingchildren's future with the parents. One of our partners is Care located in South India. Here, a large contingent of staff members and volunteers are making a difference in the fight against AIDS. Their efforts are aimed at helping families. They visit the patients in their homes to determine what help is needed on a case by case basis. An individualized plan of care is established. They also pray with the patients. These families are very grateful for the help that Care provides. Help a Child wants to expand our outreach to families affected by AIDS. More money is needed to bring this about.

Click either of the photos above to view the Help A Child HIV/AIDS film.

 

 

 

 

Indian classHelp A Child is committed to giving children the opportunity to go to school. All children receiving support through Help A Child are offered an education. Help A Child also builds schools in Ethiopia and northeast India.

In the northern Indian state of Assam, there are very few schools. Recently this region experienced much turmoil as a result of tribal conflict. It is an underdeveloped region with a critical shortage of schools for children. The Indian government promises to provide education for all children and claims that there are already a sufficient number of schools in Ethiopian schoolgirlsAssam. Unfortunately this is simply not the case. For too many children the closest school is miles and miles away. In recent years many schools have been built through the support of Help A Child. Hundreds of children can attend school for the first time.

In many parts of Ethiopia children are unable to go to school. Together with our local partner organization, the Kale Heywet Church, construction is underway on what will eventually be 35 new schools. These schools are being built in the Rift Valley, a very impoverished part of Ethiopia. In the coming years, about 15,000 children will be able to attend school for the first time as a result of this undertaking. Click on either of the photos above to watch the Help A Child education film (on youtube), or go to our About Us page and click on "our film".

 

 

 

Paid employment or the chance to own and run one's own business, is of vital importance for the economic stability and future hopes of children and their families in developing countries. leather craftingBecause of this Help A Child and our partner organizations in Kenya, Ethiopia and India have implemented one-year job training courses aimed at providing marketable skills to young adults who need a helping hand. The goal is to find a job or self-employment for each participant in the program. The young men and women admitted to this program come from very poor families and at-risk populations. For each individual a training course is selected that is best suited to his or her particular situation. Participants are taught skills that are in demand in their communities, can be learned in a course lasting one year and that will lead to the ability to earn a decent living. In a society with very high unemployment it is crucial to strengthen the local economy. It is better to increase the size of the pie rather than divide that same pie into smaller and smaller pieces. In Kenya job training is being offered in four different localities: Maai Mahiu, sewing classKima, Eldoret and the capital city of Nairobi. The young adults enrolled in this program often come from the slums or impoverished rural villages. Some of the courses offered are carpentry, hair styling, leather work, clothing production, metal work, automotive repair and secretarial skills. In Kenya alone our goal is to supply 1,200 young graduates with good jobs each year. We have three partner organizations in India that are providing job training. RPC works in the state of Assam in the extreme northeast of India. The other partners, Bethel and VTRC operate in the south of India. Click either of the photos above to watch our job training film (on youtube).