Tell us about your partnerships
We help girls who have lost one or both parents to AIDS to obtain food, clothing and shelter, stay in school, and learn skills necessary for healthy adulthood. We partner with two local organizations, Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA) and Ellilta (EWAR), who help us render quality services that address physical, mental and social needs. We honour our partners who have been instrumental in making Children’s Heaven such a success at the local level. Without mutual commitment, we could not have accomplished as much as we have during the past 7 years.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
Children’s Heaven has signed a operational agreement with the government of Ethiopia to offer basic services through its Community Based Child Development Program. This partnership has already begun to provide basic services and will expand to include these services in Woredas 1, 2, 3 and 4, in the city of Addis Ababa city, Kolfe District. These operations, and collaboration among staff, provide the groundwork for the next phase, which is to launch the innovation – Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Orphaned Girls – within the same locations and populations.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
We are well positioned to achieve success. Ethiopia has signed the United Nations Convention of Child Rights agreement, and government agencies have workable policies and guidelines regarding orphan girls. Our goals mesh with the goals of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), a non- governmental, independent pan-African policy advocacy organization, which works for the realisation of child rights. The work of ACPF is inspired by universal values and informed by global experiences and knowledge. The forum aims to provide opportunities for dialogue to contribute to improved knowledge of problems facing African children. Most importantly, our Staff and Board are deeply committed to our vision and goals. The girls themselves and their extended families share this commitment.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
Due to the stressful nature of working with girls who have been physically or sexually abused, our staff would benefit from mentoring by experienced counselors. To help us identify action plans and monitor progress, we may need assistance with project management tools. Sustainability goals include sales and donations through our website, thus training in social media would be a great help.