One of the goals of the BI’s Health and Nutrition Project is to develop a home based care program that specifically targets children and youth. Our new group of 16 Child and Youth care workers has been hard at work since they were hired last October. They have been busy distributing household health surveys in the community so that we can determine exactly how many youths they will be working with. They’ve also had their first training sessions with the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) Isibindi program. Next year promises even more training as we have our sights set on the Mentor Mothers program.
Mentor Mothers is a program formed in 2010 that focuses on improving child health and development, maternal health and birth outcomes. Their primary target groups are pregnant women and malnourished children aged 0-6 years.
The BI has formed a valuable friendship with the Mentor Mothers and will be exchanging Early Childhood Development training for childhood care training. Our 16 youth care workers were able to spend a week in Zithulele following the Mentor Mothers during their household visits and seeing firsthand the type of work they’ll be trained to do in the near future.
We hope to have our own Mentor Mothers program up and running very soon and will be sure to share stories of their amazing work on this blog!