Study of faith based organizations responses to orphans and vulnerable children

Study of faith based organizations responses to orphans and vulnerable children

How do faith based organisations support orphans and vulnerable children?

This study reveals how faith based organisations (FBOs) are supporting orphans and vulnerable children. The study took place in six countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Uganda.

Main findings of the study include:

  • FBOs, which are present in affected communities, tend to be better placed than external agencies to provide appropriate support and deal with complex social issues of children affected by AIDS
  • the level of community participation is high, which increases potential for sustainability and longevity of these projects
  • FBOs support children irrespective of faith
  • the overall organisational capacity of local FBOs in terms of governance and financial accountability was on a par with many larger NGOs
  • most FBO initiatives receive little or no external technical or financial support and of necessity rely on their own skills and material resources

The study recommends that donors should support the operation of small grants funds through Religious Coordinating Bodies to support activities initiated by congregations.[Adapted from author]

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