The Bantwana Initiative for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, an initiative supported by World Education, Inc. and John Snow, Inc. (JSI), helps communities expand and increase the quality of comprehensive services for orphans and other vulnerable children - and their households - in the communities where they live. The Bantwana Initiative, in collaboration with researchers from Harvard University, developed the child profiling tool to gather information on the impact of the Bantwana School Integrated Program (BSIP) at the level of the child. Most OVC tools gather data at the level of service intervention or outputs, and there are few tools available that try to assess impact at the level of the child. Bantwana's child profiling tool gathers data on children's demographics, nutrition, education, health, psychosocial support, risky behaviors, abuse and exploitation, and knowledge about HIV prevention. The child profiling tool is designed to gather baseline data on a range of factors affecting children and then applying the tool again after a period of two years, both to assess impact of the interventions and help define or redirect programming if necessary. A total of 20 community enumerators were identified and trained to administer the tool, and baseline data on 796 children was gathered from the 10 BSIP schools using a stratified random sampling method. The training for community enumerators covered the use of the child profiling tool as well as basic interview techniques, special techniques for interviewing children, issues of confidentiality, and reporting cases of abuse. The BSIP team supervised and closely monitored the data collection process. By involving community enumerators in data collection, Bantwana created heightened community understanding and support around OVC issues. Following the initial data collection, many community enumerators contacted schools and BSIP to communicate their interest in being further involved in providing care and support to OVC. School committees were also involved in the child profiling exercise from the onset and helped to gain buy-in from head teachers, teachers, and parents.
Bantwana Initiative for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
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