While all of the children in our programs are vulnerable to the effects of poverty, there are certain instances in which a child is considered to be in a state of high vulnerability. He or she may need additional stability in their life so they can participate in our Child Sponsorship program.
This support is provided by the Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC) fund.
There are varying issues that determine the vulnerability status of a child. Some factors may include: if there is no adult caregiver due to death or abandonment, if the primary caregiver is incapacitated due to illness or injury, or if the caregiver is too old to work, causing a lack of food, clothing or shelter.
Other instances could include situations of abuse, exploitation, or physical or mental special needs. In some cases, the child is malnourished and needs therapeutic feeding.
In Ghana, when a child is considered highly vulnerable due to lack of provision for basic needs, the HVC intervention has short-term and long-term goals. In the short-term, a sustainability plan provides GHs 90.00 (about $25.00 a month) every month for food and other necessities for the child and their family.
But our programs are not designed to create a state of dependency so one of the long-term goals of the HVC fund is to help these families gain financial independence.