The Kids Clubs are an ongoing intervention where children have fun, build friendships and receive care and support. The Clubs usually meet two days a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the four HOPE worldwide Zambia sites (in Kalingalinga, Mtendere, Chawama and Kanyama). They are led by sub-leaders, who are long-term attendees of the Clubs aged 18 years and over, chosen by the group.
Children and youths aged 2 to 18 from different backgrounds meet at the Clubs and share about what’s going on in their communities. They hold discussions about issues such as awareness of dangerous diseases, how to live healthy lives, what they are learning in school, and other life skills. There are also other activities for the kids, including: table tennis, drama, cultural dancing, debates, poetry, singing and games. The children and youths are divided into groups each with their own activities: ages 2-6 play with toys, sing and read books, and ages 7-11 and 12-18 each have their own games and activities.
Some of the Activities at the Kids Clubs
The Duke of Edinburgh International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh International Award (DoE) is a program designed to help youths overcome challenges they might be going through in their communities, regardless of their background, ability, gender or location, with the right guidance and inspiration. The Award is about individual challenge and not about reaching specific standards set by some one else. Every individual is different, so too are the challenges. The Award is a balanced program with a framework of four sections: Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and an Adventurous Journey. HwwZ has partnered with DoE to work with the children at the four sites where HwwZ operates. Each site has selected two youths aged 14-24 (i.e. 8 youths in total) to take part in this program which started in February 2016 and will last for 12-18 months.
The Kids Clubs are a platform to educate children either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and gain back their resilience through various activities, such as debates, drama, sports and games. The impact of HIV/AIDS undermines the very basic social services and safety of a child, such as health, education, care, support, and recreational activities. Kids Club activities educate the children about HIV, such as how to prevent the spread of HIV, how to cope with it if they or a family member is HIV positive, and how to live healthier lives.