Filtered by: Children <Back to previous page A helping hand for childhood immunisationMany people have difficulty remembering the schedule for childhood immunisation. This means that children often miss some or all of a series of… A survey of children in Sri LankaProject aims The LEADS groups in Sri Lanka used a written survey with school children. A random sample of children was selected from several different schools by choosing every fifth child in the school registers. This was in an area known to be at high risk from sexual abuse. Parents were informed about the survey and children could choose not to complete the survey if they felt uncomfortable. They were told that the individual results would be confidential from teachers and parents, and the ... A voice for working childrenby Bhima Sangha and CWC with Paul Stephenson. The story of the BHIMA SANGHA children, a union of working children in Karnataka, is a fascinating one of how children are organising themselves to make changes to improve their situations. The development of this union has been facilitated by the organisation ‘Concerned for Working Children’ (CWC). Advocacy - communicating with people in power - good practice guide Bible study: The company of childrenJesus was concerned about children and their needs. He enjoyed their company and loved to spend time with them. Born to fly: from fear to freedomThe Born to Fly Project is a child trafficking prevention programme that educates children and their parents about the dangers of child trafficking. The aim is to educate children and teenagers about the lies that traffickers use – and help them to make a commitment not to be trafficked. Breast is still bestA recent report confirms that worrying pressures are put on mothers with new babies by companies keen to improve sales of baby milk. The Interagency Group on Breast-feeding Monitoring (IGBM) recently published a report showing that many companies – including Nestlé, Gerber, Milco, Nutricia and Wyeth – were promoting bottle-feeding among pregnant and new mothers, breaking an International Code agreed in 1981. The group found that health workers were also breaking the Code – for ... Child to Child resourceThese two pages have been compiled from Child-to-Child Activity Sheet No 6.5. Child-to-Child Activity Sheets are a resource for teachers, and health and community workers. They are designed to help children understand how to improve health in other children, their families, and their communities. Topics chosen are important for community health and suit the age, interests and experience of children. The text, ideas and activities may be freely adapted to suit local conditions. Children’s zone: Enough land for everyoneA page of fun activities for children, to download and share (PDF). Children’s zone: Forgiving othersA page of fun activities for children, to download and share (PDF). Children’s zone: Seeing and hearing differentlyGames to help children understand what it might feel like not being able to see or hear (PDF). Children’s zone: Sharing what we haveA fun activity to help children think about the importance of sharing (PDF) Children’s zone: Using our gifts for GodA page of fun activities for children. Children’s zone: We are God’s special designA page of fun activities for children (PDF). Children’s zone: Where do we put our waste?A page of fun activities for children, to download and share (PDF). Coming alongside vulnerable childrenHow can we help children who have been orphaned as a result of AIDS? The organisation Alongsiders has developed an innovative approach for supporting vulnerable children. CommunityNews, letters and a ‘knotty problem’. Does God hate Christmas?How would you feel if I told you that God hates Christmas? Or that he is annoyed by Advent, Lent and Easter? What if I told you that prayer meetings… Drama on child marriage - activity Early child careby Dr Patrice Engle. EditorialChildren are everywhere. Whether you are running mobile clinics, holding training sessions, encouraging community meetings, meeting people – all around will be children. Sometimes irritating, sometimes distracting, but always curious to see something new. In our last issue, we were reminded of how rapidly the number of children in the world is increasing. In many low-income countries, children under 15 now make up half the entire population! Whatever kind of work we are involved in, we need to ... Getting ready to face the worldThe M’lup Russey Organisation is transforming the way vulnerable children and young people are cared for in Cambodia. Guidelines for working with street childrenby Judith Ennew. There are two basic rules for work with any children: The main barrier to successful programmes is our own attitude. Helping orphan families thrive in ZimbabweZimbabwe is home to an estimated 720,000 orphans. ZOE (Zimbabwe Orphans through Extended Hands) believes local churches have a vital role to play. How children can play their part in preventing polio from spreadingAs a result of routine vaccination programmes, polio has been largely eradicated in most parts of the world. But polio is found in some places. It’s… How football (and chocolate brownies) are changing lives in Colombia Young footballers at Club Deportivo wear kits that say ‘Jesus is Lord’ on the back. Photo: Club Deportivo Young people and adolescents from… How God helps you to care for orphansGod created us with a heart, eyes, ears, mouth, hands and feet. ZOE (Zimbabwe Orphans through Extended Hands) staff use these inspiring ideas below… How Mother Buddies and their mobiles are saving lives and uniting familiesMy name is Mama Eve* and I live in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I live in an area where many women and babies often die at birth… Interview: My childhood in a children’s homePeter Kamau Muthui and his five siblings grew up in residential care in Kenya. In this moving interview, he shares the impact this had on his life. KamishbaiKamishibai is a portable wooden theatre invented and used in Japan about 200 years ago. The word Kamishibai means to provide drama with paper! It is a simple way of telling stories using pictures drawn on cards or sheets of paper, to small groups of people. Keeping sanitation on the school agendaby Awoyemi Olawale Sanitation is not a priority in schools because people do not realise the need for a safe and clean environment. This attitude means that when there are many competing priorities, resources are allocated to academic activities while sanitation is neglected. But good sanitation facilities, such as latrines, safe drinking water supply, and hand-washing facilities, are important for the success of basic education. Make your own weaning foodsCompiled by Alice Keen. A weaning food is a ready-made product consisting of a number of ingredients, which can easily be prepared into a porridge and fed to infants who are starting to need solid food alongside breast milk... Mobilising cities to protect children and young people It started with small steps in 2011, when the Bola na Rede (‘Ball in the Net’) campaign was dreamed up and planned. The movement grew. By summer 2014, the campaign involved more than 300 churches, dozens of organisations and hundreds of individuals. No child left behindChildren with disabilities are among the most at risk of being placed in orphanages. Care for Children is changing this reality for disabled children in China, with incredible results. No child left behind in Chinese villageChildren with disabilities are among the most at risk of being placed in orphanages. Many parents do not know how to cope with a disabled child, and… Playing with babies and young childrenChildren play because it is fun, but play is also key to their learning and development. Play helps them to learn new skills, communicate, gain confidence, relate to other people and find out about themselves and the world. All children – both girls and boys – need the same opportunities for play and interaction with family members and friends. Listening to and responding to young children is one of the most important things that adults and older children can do. When we do this well, children ... R23 Special rights for childrenThe Bible highlights God’s particular interest in children. We have a responsibility to care and protect children so that they can use the gifts God… ResourcesChild-to-Child Material. These Activity sheets are produced by Child-to-Child as a resource for teachers, and health and community workers. They are designed as a resource for those wishing to introduce the Child-to-Child approach. They help children understand how to improve health in themselves, in other children, their families and their communities. They can be reproduced and adapted to suit local conditions. There are 27 activity sheets available which are grouped under various ... ResourcesA selection of books, websites and training material about caring for orphans. Responding to children living with disabilitiesWhen my wife and I decided to get married, both of us were still students. So we had to find work that could put food on the table and a roof over… Reuniting children with their familiesReintegration means helping children move back into families and communities. Children and families both need careful support before they can be reunited. Revealing the need to protect children - information for facilitators Selfesteemby Phil Hoyle. Oasis Esteem is a Christian sex and relationships education programme run throughout the UK by the charity Oasis Trust. Oasis Esteem provides resources and training for volunteers to go into secondary schools and youth work settings and to run classes educating young people about sex and relationships. Six ways that PEP* is changing education outcomes in UgandaJeremiah 29:11 raises the question of whether people have a “hope and a future”. This is what God promises. This is also the crux of the review of… Standing up for the rights of orphans: Lessons from Central AsiaTwo inspiring organisations in Central Asia are advocating for the rights of orphans at local and national level. Story telling - good practice guide Striding towards independenceSimple aids to help children who find it difficult to walk (PDF). The church and migrant childrenby Inés Caballero The population of Bolivia consists of many ethnic groups and cultures. Inequality is common, resulting in poverty and lack of opportunities. In the rural mountain areas, agricultural activities are suffering due to unpredictable weather patterns and continuous periods of drought. Many people are therefore migrating to cities such as Oruro and Potosí. Unfortunately, these migrants are rarely able to find good employment because their low level of education and training does ... The imagination: an unlimited and free resource for teaching!by Tag McEntegart. The PAX Project was a small peace-building education project started by CARE International in 1996 as part of its reconstruction work in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia after the conflict there. The PAX Project’s central concern was to promote and re-establish healthy, peaceful and reconciled communities throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina. The kids’ club that dares to hope in Rio’s ‘stinking’ marginsRio de Janeiro is South America’s third largest urban area but perhaps its most recognisable. The Christ the Redeemer statue that watches over the… The orphanage that turned inside outThe message is spreading that long-term residential care is not in the best interests of orphans and vulnerable children. As a result, many orphanages around the world are transforming into centres providing family and community strengthening services. The role of the fatherby Rev Joe Kapolyo. Many people think that looking after children is primarily a ‘woman’s role’. The subject of fatherhood is often neglected. Both parents should be actively involved in bringing up their children. The role of a father is very important to me. I am a 54 year old man from Zambia. I have been in full-time Christian work for the last 31 years in Zambia, Zimbabwe and the UK, and currently work as a church minister in north London. My wife and I have been married for 25 years and ... The Sunflower CentreScripture Union, Lima. Scripture Union, Peru have recently put up a new office building sited right in the heart of Lima’s commercial district, an area ‘worked’ by street kids. At the back of these offices they have built the Sunflower Centre – a drop-in centre for street children. Toolkit: art therapy for orphans and vulnerable childrenCreating art and talking about it can help children heal from difficult experiences. Activities can include drawing, painting, modelling, collage and… Toolkit: more art therapy ideas for vulnerable childrenIn our last post we explored how art can be used to create a safe place for anxious and traumatised children. In the second part of this mini-series… Tree surveysThis activity can be used with children to help them learn about their surroundings. They will also learn about the use of surveys, ranking and charts to collect and display information. Farmer groups could find these techniques useful in surveying local trees or when selecting popular species to grow in tree nurseries. The activities could be adapted to study crops, foods, livestock or type of work. Using art as therapy for orphans and vulnerable childrenThese activities can help orphans and vulnerable children to express their emotions, grow in self-esteem and work through difficult memories. Using the media to talk about child protection - activity Vision for childrenby Paul Stephenson. ‘It was really wonderful. No-one has ever done it like that before. Now we know what the good and the bad things are in our community and we decided on what we can do to make it better.’ When ‘fostering’ is a new wordCasa Viva is the only organisation actively implementing foster care in Costa Rica. Working through the local church, they encourage families to offer a home to children in need. Words used in this editionExplanations of some of the words and phrases used in this edition. Working with children in agricultureMany of the ideas which Richard Franceys has suggested for involving children in improving water supplies and sanitation, could also be adapted to be used with agricultural work. Working with children in water supply and sanitation improvementsBy Richard Franceys. The provision of clean water for drinking, and the safe disposal of human waste, are vital for human health. The Director-General of the World Health Organisation has said that the number of water taps per 1,000 persons is a better indication of health in a country than the number of hospital beds.