Since that November band breaking, STM began working with Bradley – using funds provided by STM, North Point church, Poulsbo Rotary Foundation, Caring Clowns International, a South African Christian non-profit organization called BADISA, and businesses in Aliwal North – to plan a new demonstration ECD program.
Brad will serve as manager, sharing time 50/50 with his church, so he can stay in his beloved Aliwal North. He will obtain ECD training for himself and his caregivers. We hope also to demonstrate an alternative home-based care ministry wherein mothers and grandmothers are trained to care for up to 6 children in their homes.
This program is expected to provide better quality care for more than 150 orphans and vulnerable children. In addition, women will be trained in ECD skills they can use in their own small business or in care centers such as ours in the multipurpose center at Aliwal North. As a demonstration, our hope and prayer is that through home-based care and better trained caregivers, many more orphans and vulnerable children will have the opportunity to truly thrive.