Guardian support is crucial to the success of our community-based orphan support model. Abuse in the home often arises from the emotional stress that guardians face.
Guardian support is a growing part of the project as we have realized the stress that guardians face and the problems this creates in ensuring a thriving home. This support includes visits by a fieldworker, regular times of guardians meeting to support each other, plus programmes to grow and equip them.
We have a fieldworker focusing solely on the guardians, meeting them individually in their homes and getting them together in support and accountability groups. The key need that they have identified is emotional, rather than material, support, especially as the Special Stars become teenagers. We have various programmes running for them to empower and equip them in their roles, such as our Caregivers Course. Many of our guardians are unemployed, so we have a sewing group which is making school uniforms, backpacks and library bags for many schools. We also are introducing 'Farming God's Way' to not only feed the families of those who work on the land, but also provide an income as they sell their produce.
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me." Matthew 26:40