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Mrs. Oretha betaald schoolgeld voor het HBC programmaMrs. Oretha betaald schoolgeld voor het HBC programma

Home Based Care

Naast het St. Nicholas weeshuis biedt Makeni Ecumenical Centre ook hulp aan kwetsbare- en weeskinderen die nog wel bij een familielid kunnen wonen. Dit gebeurt via het Home Based Care programma, wat wij graag ondersteunen!

Via het Home Based Care programma worden overheidssubsidies en sponsorgelden gebruikt om kwetsbare- en weeskinderen van onderwijs en een vervolgopleiding te voorzien. Dit vinden wij heel belangrijk, omdat wij denken dat onderwijs de sleutel is naar structurele verbeteringen in Zambia.  

Wanneer overheidssubsidies niet toereikend zijn, gaan wij op zoek naar sponsorgeld om ervoor te zorgen dat zoveel mogelijk kwetsbare kinderen van dit programma kunnen profiteren! 

 

 

Interview met Mrs. Oretha, Home Based Care coördinator bij Makeni Ecumenical Centre


1. What is your profession and professional background?
After finishing my grade 12 exams, I have completed different courses (secretary, health care, counseling etc.) After this, I became a HIV coordinator for M.E.C. Later I also started coordinating the Home Based Care activities and I am also the buyer of the centre.

2. Since when is M.E.C. having the Home Based Care programme?
In 2002, they started with the orphanage and also this programme.

3. How do you know which children should be included in the programme?
When people ask for help at the centre, I visit the people in their homes. I investigate the need for the child to be admitted int the orphanage of the Home Based Care programme. Aspects I look at ar for example a healthy environment, relationships and possibilities to get education for the child.

4. What do you think of this programme compared to the orphanage?
I think it's allways better to keep children in their own environment, so they grow with relatives around them and get to know them better. Unfortunately this is not always possible.

5. 
How many children are currently in the programme? 
66 children. Some of them are already sponsored, others are still waiting for funding or sponsors. 

6. In which way does the programme assist the families?
Mostly with paying for schoolfees. We also pay them for books and uniforms. Another thing we do is giving out food or providing health care services.

7. Let's say I want to sponsor a child in the programme. How does that work? 
We let you know which child is waiting for a sponsor. After explaining the situation to the potential sponsor, he can decide whether he wants to pay for the schoolfees of this child. If that’s the case the sponsor is paying the money to the Makeni Account. Immediately when we have the money,I personally visit the school and pay for the schoolfees. The receipt is send to the donor. The reports of school for this child, will also be send to the donor.

8. 
Is it possible for a sponsor to get in contact with a sponsored child? 
Very possible. This can be arrange by me and will go through the Makeni mail.

 

 

Home Based Care