The target group is children between 0-18 years. Activities include Early Childhood Development and Day Care Serivices, One-on-One Counselling of children, Family Counselling, Kids Clubs, Life Skills Training, Caregivers Empowerment Workshops and Debriefing Meetings, Out of School Psychosocial Support Camps, Linkages with Other Services and Guidance, and Counselling Teachers Workshops.

The children’s program is implemented using two models:

Model 1: This model entails Early Childhood Care and Education in accordance with the Ministry of Education Skills Development (MOESD) guidelines to the orphans and vulnerable children aged from 2 to 6 years in Selibe Phikwe, Maun and Molepolole. Caregivers are given psychosocial support and skills to empower them with good knowledge of how to take care of the children.  During school terms, the children are transported from their homes to school every morning, given meals at school and offered Early Childhood Education and counseling then taken back to their homes. Counselors carry home visits to meet with caregivers and other children living with the primary clients and counseling and education is done. The older children who go to Government schools (7 years to 18 years) come to the centre after school to be helped with home works and be engaged in other activities such as drama and kids clubs. During the holidays they are taken to camps outside the village. The current funders for this specific model are Department of Social Protection and other independent funders.

Model 1 Objectives:

  • -To provide quality early childhood education to Orphans and Vulnerable Children aged between 2 and 6 years old, both males and females, in preparation for enrollment on primary school.
  • -To provide psychosocial support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children to mitigate the impact of not having a biological parent.
  • -To link and follow up orphans and vulnerable children with services such as health, legal and other social services.

Activities:

  • -Pre-school education
  • -Feeding
  • -Transportation
  • -Counseling
  • -Home visits

Model 2: This model is the family model where BOCAIP OVC counselors visit and register all the children in the OVC program and their caregivers at their homes to give them psychosocial support in their homes in Okavango and Ngamiland. This model targets children and youth aged 2 years to 18 years This has enabled them to assist some caregivers who need Home based care and/or palliative care through referral to health facilities or to the Home based care volunteers in the village or town.. Children go to government schools (including day care schools) and BOCAIP counselors meet them after school. The current funder for this specific model is FHI360 under the MAATLA project. 

Model 2 Objectives:

  • -To provide psychosocial support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children aged between 7 to 18 years old, both males and females, to mitigate the impact of not having a biological parent.
  •  -To equip male and female orphans and vulnerable children aged between 7 and 18 years old with life skills needed in child development.
  • -To link and follow up orphans and vulnerable children with services such as health, legal and other social services.

Activties:

  • -Need assessment
  • -One on one counselling
  • -HIV prevention education
  • -Family education session
  • -Home visits
  • -Referral to other services
  • -Caregivers debrief meetings