Category: Orphans and Affected Families

  • Africa's Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations Children Affected by AIDS
    • This document updates the 2003 report "Africa's Orphaned Generations". It incorporates new and refined estimates of the number of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as current research on the impact of AIDS and orphaning. Issues discussed include the scale of the orphan crisis, interactions between poverty and HIV, family structures in Africa, the impact of the crisis on children, and ways to support orphaned children and their caregivers.
  • Breaking the Silence: Memory Books and Succession Planning--The Experience of NACWOLA and Save the Children UK in Uganda
    • This report describes lessons learned in Save the Children UK and NACWOLA's memory book project in Uganda. The report defines memory books, their uses, and their potential benefits. It also discusses potential links to other HIV/AIDS interventions including antiretroviral therapy.
  • Building Resilience in Children Affected by HIV/AIDS
    • This handbook is aimed at people who live and work with children affected by HIV/AIDS. It is intended to help parents, caregivers, and teachers understand children who are nursing a diseased parent or who have lost a parent. It provides practical advice for teachers and caregivers on how to support children who have experienced loss and death in order to help them cope.
  • Expanding and Strengthening Community Action: A Study of Ways to Scale Up Community Mobilization Interventions to Mitigate the Effect of HIV/AIDS on Children and Families
    • The goal of this study was to develop a set of recommendations on how to scale up effective, sustainable community mobilization and capacity-building interventions to mitigate the effects of AIDS on children and families in the countries most seriously affected by the pandemic. The team studied the program experiences and approaches in Malawi and Zimbabwe.
  • From Faith to Action - Strengthening Family and Community Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Sub-Saharan Africa
    • This publication highlights the programs and strategies that help ensure that orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV remain in family care. It describes organizations that are established by people of faith in the areas of Sub-Saharan Africa that are hard hit by HIV/AIDS. Topics addressed include home-based care, education, psycho-social needs, abuse, and legal issues.
  • HIV in Schools: Good Practice Guide to Supporting Children Infected or Affected by HIV
    • This guide provides schools and local education authorities with practical information and suggestions on ways of supporting children and young people living with HIV. It addresses schools' concerns about HIV and sets out some simple ways in which a school can provide a supportive environment for infected and affected children.
  • Home Truths: Facing the Facts on Children, AIDS, and Poverty
    • A final report from a working group, the Joint Learning Initiative on HIV/AIDS, summarizing key findings and recommendations from this research and advocacy consortium. The working group was divided into 4 principle learning groups researching strengthening families, community action, expanding access and social and economic policies. The report primarily urges HIV/AIDS programs to be more focused on families and communities in order to serve vulnerable children.
  • How Can We Help? Approaches to Community-Based Care: A Guide for Groups and Organisations Wishing to Assist Orphans and Other Children in Distress
    • This manual is a comprehensive guide to developing and implementing community-based orphan care projects in Zimbabwe. The document starts with a general discussion of community care strategies and ways to keep children with families. The second part of the document is a toolkit that includes, sample project forms and documents, tools for working with foster parents, and an outline for training community child care volunteers. Although specific to Zimbabwe, the document provides an excellent outline for adaptation in similar settings.
  • Microfinance and HIV/AIDS: It's Time to Talk
    • This paper includes a discussion of the economic impact of HIV/AIDS on families, how microfinance services can help families increase their income and build their savings, and possible innovations that could maintain the strength of families and microfinance institutions in areas heavily affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Speak for the Child: Case Study - Kenya
    • This is a case study of a pilot community-based orphan care and support project in western Kenya, including a description of the project activities, lessons learned, and processes and tools developed in the project. The study also includes a set of suggestions about how those processes and tools might be adapted by other groups.
  • Symposium on Sharing of Best Practice in Orphans and Vulernable Children Programming Workshop Report November 2004
    • The symposium was co-convened by the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Working Group and the UK Department for International Development. The aim of this symposium was to share experiences and program approaches among practitioners working with orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS. There were presentations to highlight lessons learned and best practices related to the five approaches identified in 'The Framework for the Protection of Orphans and Vulnerable Children Living in a World with HIV and AIDS.' The presentations facilitated discussion and assisted with identifying approaches, which can be scaled up and replicated.
  • The Rights of Children and Youth Infected and Affected by HIV/AIDS: Trainers' Handbook
    • This stand alone 3 1/2 hour workshop looks at key health rights of children and youth infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, and strategies that can be used to protect those rights. It contains resources on raising awareness around youth's health rights; identifying problems and abuses of rights; and strategies to assist children and youth to access health rights.
  • You Are Special: For Children Living in Families Affected b HIV/AIDS
    • This illustrated booklet aims to build confidence in and teach skills to children living in families affected by HIV/AIDS. You Are Special is designed specifically for children and contains illustrations that clarify answers to questions posed about the changes taking place in their families. It includes exercises to provide emotional support and pages designated for self-expression.