Ongoing Support is provided in many different ways, here are some examples:
Our Field Officers go out daily to meet with the Scout Troops and Cub Packs to assist the leaders implementing the program. They also monitor and evaluate service delivery and provide in-service training to the Community Based Organization’s (CBO's).
The Program Manager - Elizabeth Mabuza and myself provide support to the Scout Troops directly and also by fundraising for resources for Keep The Dream196 which enables the children to have new experiences such as camping and hiking. In the end we are planning for the individual troops to take over this role with the support of their parents through Parent Groups which are being trained and established for each troop and pack.
We are developing Parent Committees for each Cub Pack and Scout Group, the parents will assist the Scouter to implement the program by providing direct support at the Scout meeting, resources through fund raising and administrative support with the necessary paper work. The Parent Committees will be further developed through the use of discussion groups which will address such subjects as HIV & Aids, Children's Rights and Responsibilities, communication with children, nutrition, developmental milestones, Early Childhood Development for example.
At a CBO level, KTD196 is able to provide training in areas such as proposal writing, report writing, policy development etc as the need arises as well as ongoing support. This is invaluable for the CBO's and assists with their sustainability plans which in turn assists with the sustainability of the program. Just recently 1 CBO accessed funding through KTD196 referral and recommendation.
KTD196 also provides tertiary bursary information and assistance with applying for scholarships to those children completing matriculation.
At an individual level, the children occasionally approach members of the Dream Team with special requests or needs such as counseling or advice, as do the Scout Leaders. We have had requests for food, clothing, shelter materials and money for transport to have grants processed by government departments. We are developmental by nature however sometimes one has to consider and prioritize the many demanding needs.
As I said earlier this support is varied but provided to ensure that the fundamental principles of Children's Rights are upheld and that quality of service delivery to the communities is maintained. This area is vital to the ongoing quality of services rendered and essential for the development of the overall program.