Our Approach

Support to existing community structures

Children First supports community-level initiatives to provide comprehensive and integrated services for orphans and vulnerable children including shelter, nutrition, increased access and retention in school, access to primary health care, HIV and AIDS education, psychosocial support, training on child rights and prevention of abuse and exploitation, support to care givers, legal assistance, and livelihoods support focused on agriculture and animal husbandry.

Protecting highly vulnerable children

In addition to mainstreaming activities for orphans and vulnerable children, Children First focuses on reaching smaller pockets of highly vulnerable children who are likely to fall through the cracks of mainstream programming as they do not easily fit into the defined categories of out-of-school youth, child-headed households, street children, pre-adolescent and adolescent girls, disabled children or children living with HIV/AIDS. Children First recognizes that children may fall into multiple categories and in many instances, a child's vulnerability in one area may contribute to his or her increased risk. Children First ensures that highly vulnerable children are included in mainstream activities and that their additional needs are met through targeted supplemental programming.

Support and strengthen advocacy for orphans and vulnerable children

Children First supports and strengthens advocacy initiatives of partners and community campaigns which creating enabling environments for the care of orphans and vulnerable children. Children First's approach is based on the principle that orphans and vulnerable children require the support of the entire community, not just the caretakers and service providers.

Support and strengthen ability of local communities to meet children's needs

Children First builds the capacity of partners so they can improve programming, financial management, and governance.