Community / Capacity Building
While our programs may differ according to a country’s needs, WWO is committed to long-term, integrated programming that includes physical and mental health, education, camp, and early intervention, offered in community settings and available to local residents and children from orphanages (which too often are located on the far edges of towns). In order to realize this commitment, many programs involve community and in-country capacity building, including:
Community Based Healthcare
Rather than bring health care to children in orphanages, we have created health care centers that are centrally located in the heart of the community or town. These centers include additional activities for local children (whether or not they are orphans) and adults, and are open to all. Orphanage personnel are encouraged to enroll their children in WWO activities and events so that the orphans may become integrated with their peers.
Learn more about WWO Family Health Clinic, Ethiopia
WWO was the first NGO to bring HIV/AIDS drugs specifically to orphans in both Ethiopia and Vietnam. But we knew that wasn’t enough. Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals needed to be trained and mentored by experts in the treatment and ongoing care of children with HIV/AIDS. And so, WWO recruited an extraordinary team of pediatric AIDS specialists from Columbia University to work side-by-side with in-country professionals, examine and test each child, decide upon treatment, and consult on follow-up care.
Seminars were held, with all materials translated into the country’s language. As a result, more than 400 health care professionals have been trained and taken their learning back to villages, towns and cities across their countries.
Learn more about HIV/AIDS Ethiopia
Learn more about HIV/AIDS Vietnam
WWO training programs are based on the principle that greater understanding of child development leads to better caregiving for children. This is an important and often overlooked aspect of orphanage life because everyone, from an orphanage director to a kitchen worker, has an impact on the lives of children living in institutions. We also know that building capacity and skills helps workers value what they do and feel competent in their work.
Learn more about training for WWO Camp, Ethiopia
Learn more about training for WWO Camp,Vietnam
Learn more about training for WWO Toy Library, Bulgaria
Family Resource Center, Vietnam
WWO is an integral part of a multi-year PEPFAR/NPI initiative to support social work curriculum development & training in psychosocial services for children with chronic medical conditions, including children affected by HIV/AIDS. The goal of the project is to improve the quality of life for orphans and vulnerable children served in Ho Chi Minh City and nearby provinces by building capacity among social work faculty, service providers and service provider networks.