The number of orphans in Botswana has grown beyond the capacity of extended family structure. Most orphans in Botswana have access to basics needs like food, education, clothing, adequate shelter. However, there is a gap in accessing orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), psychosocial support. Another gap is the exit strategy thus the need for lifeskills.
BOCAIP has six day-care centres located in Maun, Molepolole, Selebi Phikwe, Kanye, Kumakwane and Francistown. BOCAIP’s day-care centres provide care and support to orphans and vulnerable children. There are approximately 1544 children registered in BOCAIP’s centres.
Services provided by BOCAIP’s day-care centres are early childhood education, caregiver support with counselling and home visits, grief and trauma counselling. All the children receive a full meal before returning home.
The preschool children come to the centre for the full day. They engage in different activities such as learning to read, learning to write, playing games, social skills, arts and crafts and bible lessons.
The school going children come daily from 2pm to 5 p.m. They often do their homework, play games, arts and crafts and participate in drama and cultural activities.
BOCAIP’s Orphans and vulnerable children program (OVC) is supported through UNICEF and PEPFAR funds.