Community-based and self-determined
The project region is characterized by a very large number of orphaned children.
In order to prevent the social dislocation of the children, RDO is implementing a community-based approach for supporting these orphans in their homes.
Home-based Support Program
Neighbors, relatives and volunteering attendants are selected by dedicated village communities to take care of the orphans by organizing supporting activities.
This approach supports the village communities and schools with the development of strategies for self-help as well as the promotion of the integration of the orphans.
The support program consists of the following type of services:
- Distribution of goods
- Emergency funds (medical treatment, crops)
- Support of active groups
- House construction and renovation
Foundation for an Autonomous Future
Advantages of a home-based approach for supporting the orphaned children include:
- Avoiding of social dislocation of the children
- Integration of the children in the schools (primary school, secondary school, vocational school) of their home region
- Significantly lower costs as well as a rise in expenditures which is benefiting the region
- Prevention of impoverishment and rural exodus after being released from the orphanage (typically after primary school)
Austrian technical university Fachhochschule Vorarlberg developed a novel solution for managing the large amounts for information concerning the RDO home-based orphans project households and activities: on top of a dedicated database, a smartphone app provides access and the ability to manage that type of information, even when visiting remote households of the project where no network access is available: a sophisticated replication mechanism is seamlessly synchronizing the data across several devices and into a central repository. This significantly supports staff in maintaining up-to-date information which reduces overall workload and which is particularly useful for project planning and reporting activities.