2017 SHCOP Micro

2017 SHCOP Micro

Work done
From the beginning of March 2017

What’s the problem?
This is about two children (brother and sister, 4 and 6 years old), who visit the Second Home Child Outreach Program: they have to travel far to and from school. Their schoolbus stops a long way from their home and the after school program. The rest of the way they have to walk, both on the way in to school and coming back home. This is not only exhausting, but also dangerous, because they have to walk along a busy road not designed for pedestrians. The children are actually already tired when they arrive in school and by the end of the day they are exhausted. It was really heartbreaking to see; they could barely keep their eyes open after arriving at the program.

What is the solution?
From now on their father puts them on a micro (minibus) which brings them to the boarding point for their school bus. A reliable family member there will make sure the transition goes smoothly. The same happens at the end of the day, only the other way arround and one of the girls from the after school program meets them at the busstop. So now, they arrive at the program earlier (this way it saves a half hour or more per trip), they are less tired, can take part in more activities at the program and the journey is much safer.

What is the result?
Since this new arrangement is working, they little ones are gleaming with joy and full of energy when they arrive at the program. A huge difference from before. Costs? 20 rupee per day ….

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4 Smiling Faces

Smiling Faces is the abbreviation for the Helping Hands 4 Smiling Faces Foundation, that was started by Tjitske Weersma in 2008. We improve the living conditions of children in children’s homes in developing countries with specific, small-scale projects in which they are central. We also support them when they have to leave those homes at 18 and have no safety net to fall back on. With us they come first. With our help they’ll go so much further, are they able to make their own choices and can they make shape their own lives.