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The registered association Africachild e.V. has been combatting poverty and sickness in Africa since 2001.

 

We help young mothers who have been disowned, orphaned, shunned or physically abused. These young women fight daily to keep their children alive.

 

Please read the following pages.

This is a reality that will affect you.

 

A village for young mothers

There are few rural areas left in Kwale, a southeastern region of Kenya. The primary reasons include migration into cities, impoverishment, prostitution, corruption and violence. These circumstances are especially threatening for young pregnant women and young mothers.

Surveys tell us that 70 % of children of young mothers are aborted, abandoned or killed. Half of those carried until delivery die within their first year of life due to sickness and  poor nutrition. 60% of abortions are fatal for young mothers.

Most of the young mothers are victims of rape, child marriage or prostitution and have hardly any future prospects. The young women are still children themselves and they lack the knowledge, skills and means to secure a livelihood for themselves and their children. Because they carry or have given birth to illegitimate children, they are disowned by their families and shunned by their village communities.

The Africachild Village in Kwale provides for these shunned pregnant women, young mothers and their children.

According to the principle “help through self-help“, the women are cared for in urgent times and monitored as they find their own homes and means of supporting themselves.

The Africachild Village covers an area of 8000 m² and consists of simple round huts for living, one communal hut, a kitchen, a laundry hut, a Babycare hut and a building in which the women learn to be seamstresses or hairdressers.

The young women are given guidance and psychological support by two social workers on site and the medical attention they need. All of their basic needs are provided for. Additionally, they are called upon to value themselves as women and mothers, and given aid in training for simple jobs that will suffice to provide a living for a small family (such as cleaning, cooking, sewing or working in hotels). The project is coordinated from Augsburg, Germany. Those working on site are Kenyan social workers and volunteers from Europe.

Africachild Bridge

Africachild Bridge cares for those young mothers who have reached full age and are therefore too old to remain in the Africachild Village, which is a home exclusively for children in need.

This institution aids the young mothers by supervising their children while they are at work and helping them to communicate with government agencies. Africachild Bridge continues the work of Africachild Village in preparing the young women for independent, self-sufficient lives.

The women learn to take initiative to work and earn a living. This is the final stepping-stone for a young single mother, her family and a life of dignity in Africa.

 

Africachild Fieldwork

A maximum of 44 young women live in the Africachild Village at any given time, so that their needs can be sufficiently met.

Therefore, we do fieldwork in Kwale, travelling to the areas most in need, speaking to families and village elders.

• We build and operate wells.

• We distribute water cans, bread, clothing and shoes.

• Young mothers can benefit from Africachild Village in an “outpatient” way, receiving schooling, training and food. There are currently 40 young mothers and eight paying students involved in this way.

Africachild Apprenticeships

8 young mothers are currently apprentices in Africachild Village’s own barbershop and 1 in the neighbouring city Ukunda. A further 8 young women are learning to be seamstresses, while others are apprentices at hotels or households working in cooperation with Africachild.

While the mothers are at work, the babies are cared for in the village’s Babycare House.

Africachild e. V. pays for the womens’ apprenticeships and the coordination with the cooperating companies and institutions.

Finally, the young women can train to become helpers in Africachild Village itself. 14 members of the Village’s workforce have thus found safe and fairly paid employment.

Africachild School

The young mothers, who are still children themselves, attend primary school from Monday through Saturday. They are escorted there and back by Mr. Hannington.

The public school they attend is tuition-free, yet school materials, the school uniform with matching shoes and the long journey to school and back is so costly that many families cannot afford education for their children.

Furthermore, Africachild Village hosts a school for advanced learners with the following subjects:

• Socialisation
• English
• German
• Swimming
• IT
• Identity/Personality Education

This school aids its students in learning basic skills that will benefit them when applying for jobs and living responsible and self-sufficient lives.

Africachild Farming

Africachild Bridge operates its own small farm, which grows fruits and vegetables. These  contribute to the nutrition of Africachild Village and Bridge and are also sold locally.

The young women thus learn to cultivate and sell nutritious foods and can therefore, if they return to their home villages, pass on their knowledge.

Support our projects

Volunteer

Visit us in Kenya. We need
people, who are aware of the need in Africa and want to help out …

Internship in Africa

Our program for students of social work or similar subjects in their 5th semester or other volunteers …

Please donate

Support Africachild with a donation – any amount is an aid to us! You will receive a donation receipt …

© 2016  Africachild e. V.

Junge Mutter mit KInd

Junge Mutter mit KInd

Hilfsorganisation Africachild e. V.
Junge Mutter mit KInd

© 2016  Africachild e. V.

Junge Mutter mit KInd

Welcome to
Africachild e. V.’ s homepage

 

The registered association Africachild e.V. has been combatting poverty and sickness in Africa since 2001.

 

We help young mothers who have been disowned, orphaned, shunned or physically abused. These young women fight daily to keep their children alive.

 

Please read the following pages.

This is a reality that will affect you.

 

Africachild Bridge

Africachild Bridge cares for those young mothers who have reached full age and are therefore too old to remain in the Africachild Village, which is a home exclusively for children in need.

This institution aids the young mothers by supervising their children while they are at work and helping them to communicate with government agencies. Africachild Bridge continues the work of Africachild Village in preparing the young women for independent, self-sufficient lives.

The women learn to take initiative to work and earn a living. This is the final stepping-stone for a young single mother, her family and a life of dignity in Africa.

Africachild
Fieldwork

A maximum of 44 young women live in the Africachild Village at any given time, so that their needs can be sufficiently met.

Therefore, we do fieldwork in Kwale, travelling to the areas most in need, speaking to families and village elders.

• We build and operate wells.

• We distribute water cans, bread, clothing and shoes.

• Young mothers can benefit from Africachild Village in an “outpatient” way, receiving schooling, training and food. There are currently 40 young mothers and eight paying students involved in this way.

Support our projects

Volunteer

Visit us in Kenya. We need
people, who are aware of the need in Africa and want to help out …

Internship in Africa

Our program for students of social work or similar subjects in their 5th semester or other volunteers …

Please donate

Support Africachild with a donation – any amount is an aid to us! You will receive a donation receipt …

© 2016  Africachild e. V.