Chics programme for vulnerable children
The core of Chics's role is not to provide a specific educational programme for ECD, but to facilitate a process in each community to improve the understanding that community members (children, parents, day care centres, churches, schools, authorities, etc.) have of their context and to discover their ability to improve specific conditions. In this process, attention is given to the problems as well as the assets and opportunities pertaining to the different elements that make a good, green quality of life possible.
"(C)hildren in Southern Africa growing up in healthy households" is the vision that Chics has for children amidst all the challenges our country is facing.
The vision of a 'healthy household' is at the centre of Chics's aspiration to promote opportunities for children to have a good quality of life, at home together with their parents, right where they are based.
Come to think of it, no matter how each person defines quality of life, it is what every individual big or small in the world hopes for, having clean air and water, being safe at home and in the community you live in, having enough food, peace etc. These are some elements amongst others of the fundamental human needs that Chics is addressing.
Through its vision and the day to day activities, Chics is in collaboration with some local congregations and day care centres acting on the ground to contribute to achieving the 17 SDGs (GS 3.0). In order to achieve the SDGs, it is very crucial to develop a good method to measure the results of our projects, and to understand the impact of our contribution towards achieving the SDGs.
Chics is currently undergoing its third phase of development namely the pilot phase. In this phase, several systems and procedures have been developed and are currently experimented with.
Chics offers a well-developed package to help various entities to improve the quality of life of vulnerable children: businesses and industries, churches, Trusts, NGO's, knowledge institutions, with interesting research opportunities related to Chics aspets to make households healthier for children, to have a good quality of life and promote the common good.
Are you considering to locally own Chics Social Franchise in your area?
Great! You will be joining hands with among others, Rev. Sipho Mokoena, the URCSA Ohrigstad (Kgautswane) minister and Chics Amogelang vision bearer, and Rosetta Mabusa (local Chics Officer). Kindly see this fact sheet for more information on other Chics local offices.
Businesses and industries may participate in finding ways to improve children's quality of life by supporting the mission of Chics; one way in which they can do so is through BEE for poverty alleviation.
YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE (REAL STORY OF SUCCESS)
One may say water is a constitutional right for all children and everyone. That is true. However, we still have children who are struggling to access water, let alone clean water. This was the situation for children at a certain day care centre in Kgautswane, deep in the mountains of Limpopo, until their parents, who were members of the Amogelang Chics parents' empowerment group, decided that their children deserve a good quality of life at their centre of learning.
Chics gave these parents an opportunity to reflect on the interface between their fundamental human needs, household elements, their children's quality of life and opportunities they provide for their children to actualize their needs. This interface helped to expose to them the reality about the status of their children' quality of life. One particular month their focus fell on water. During one of their discussions they realised that their children's quality of life was threatened with regards to access to clean water at the day-care. In the then-current situation, the day-care was supplied with water by parents who collected it in buckets from the river - a river that was also shared with domestic animals. At the end of the discussion, the parents concluded that something had to be done. Through a courtesy facilitation of the Chics@Amogelang Chics officer (field worker), Mrs. Rosetta Mabusa, they built a network with their community water affairs representative to install a tap in the day care premises and to date there is still a tap with clean, running water. Big thumbs up for parents not waiting for and blaming the government!
This is a "finding ways to improve quality of life of children" real success story, initiated, carried out and achieved by ordinary parents in collaboration with URCSA Ohrigstad and a community water affairs representative!
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