2005-2010 The Fund narrowed focus to advance a programme-based advocacy on 4 key areas and extended its footprint in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to share its models of child care with peer organisations. The four key areas included child wellbeing, leadership & excellence, Skills, Disability and one dedicated to care for orphaned and vulnerable children.
The third five-year period (2005 -2010) saw a bolder Fund. Not only was focus directed at problem-solving interventions to bring about relief to children but making a case for the strengthening of solutions strengthen solutions.
Tackling problems Fighting problems and strengthening solutions became a two-prong strategic thrust during this strategic period. The problem related to tackling the absence of a comprehensive rights-based nurturing environment for children’s wellbeing, mainstreaming disability and tackling orphanhood, vulnerability and youth issues within the context of the family as the ultimate goal for normalisation the lives of our target group ranging between the ages 0-22.
The winning prize to reaching this goal pointed to three key result areas:
Strengthening of families buckling under pressure of the epidemic;
Strengthening communities as the next layer of support; and
Impressing upon government to be responsive to child-related social services needs in partnership with the civil society organisations
Strengthening solutions Society tends to give attention to ‘problem children’ and is inclined to leave ‘normal children’ to their own devices believing they would take care of themselves. The Fund believes ‘normal children’ are a reason for celebration and that the solutions that they represent deserves strengthening to prevent the potential for success not to be lost to society. By so doing, half the problems are arguably solved. Strengthen solutions, pointed to acquisition and transfer of skills to out pf school youth to prepare them for the world of work, youth dialogue forums for:
Promotion of youth leadership and excellence;
Engender professionalism and ethic for civic responsibility; and
Creating secure space allowing for expressions of children’s voices.
Strengthening solutions entails addressing children’s dreams, igniting their imaginations, keeping on track on the road of success they already are travelling, and enhancing their talents through art, creative skills, cultural pursuits and unlocking their leadership potential.