Most of the children have severe sensory and development issues and require occupational therapy (OT) for them to function in their environments, helping them to reach their full potential. The children have often spent months in hospital, either ill or abandoned, and as such have developmental delays of varying degrees. Intensive physiotherapy results in a marked improvement in their strength and mobility. As our children have compromised immune systems, they are prone to chest and bronchial infections resulting in bronchitis and pneumonia. We have pro bono doctors and a paediatrician who assist us when necessary. Play therapy is a vital therapeutic intervention for the children, assisting them in dealing with their traumatic past. The burdens of our young children are immense, and this support is essential to freeing them up to be the children they were born to be.
As a registered CYCC, we must comply with health regulations and food and cooking regulations. To get a health certificate from the Department of Social Development, there are several other compliance certificates needed, such as gas, fire, glazing, and structural engineering, Every quarter, there are surprise inspections by the Department of Health.
Last month, three siblings arrived at Hearts of Hope. Their mother had abandoned them with a neighbour. The children, aged 1, 3 and 5 (we think that is their ages, as there were no official papers with them) were chronically malnourished and anaemic. The older brother of 5 years old spent the first few days hoarding food in all his pockets for his siblings – a sure sign of the severity of their lack of regular nutrition and care.
Unfortunately, L was rushed to Sunninghill Hospital last Sunday with pneumonia which was exacerbated by the chronic anaemia. She just didn’t have the capacity to fight the infection.
Hearts of Hope uses Wellbi for its monitoring and evaluation. We began implementation of the programme at the beginning of 2022 as a way of providing quantitative data for the organization.
Wellbi is an online platform used by non-profit organisations around the world to manage the data of children and adults they serve. This includes beneficiary profiles, programme related data such as attendance registers & process/intervention notes and assessments quantifying the wellbeing of beneficiaries being served.
Through tracking more than 140 different data points on each beneficiary and displaying these data points in easily understood dashboards, Wellbi helps organisation staff understand their programme impact and better allocate limited resources (time & money) based on data-driven decisions.
8 Wellbeing Domains Measured
Different wellbeing assessments, based on the Child Status Index (CSI Index) have been developed. This framework is recognised internationally and is used as a general standard in the OVC-care sphere. PEPFAR, UNICEF and other organizations use this framework in their programme development and measuring and evaluation activities.
The CSI-framework has 6 domains, but Wellbi has an added 2 wellbeing domains, of which Hearts of Hope is not measuring the economic domain, as our children are supported by the organisation and not by an individual family. The 7 wellbeing domains are divided into subdomains, and for each subdomain several datapoints or questions have been developed in Wellbi.
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