Projects and work in the local community
of the important roles of COB is providing support, advice
and where possible practical assistance to parents, guardians
and deprived families.
to help the family and community as a whole is important
for the well being of the children, and a necessary social
service in its own right.
the past year there have been some notable successes. Several
of the children are now able to attend the local schools.
Ana and Osvaldo have worked to encourage some of the local
mothers to become registered, and in turn have also helped
to register their children. Now that they officially exist
they are able to send their children to school and receive
certain very limited benefits from the government.
rates are high amongst local adults and children alike,
and many local families who are well below the poverty line
are not aware of benefits they might be able to receive,
nor able to apply for them. COB have organised a number
of "mothers meetings" with local mothers to let
them know what help is available and to assist them in attaining
have also made a couple of "micro donations" helping
for example one lady who took in a couple of homeless children
to make some simple improvements to her house and water
hope to do more such work in the future. Osvaldo used to
work in an office and we hope to offer a full "citizens
advice" service where families in difficulty can come
for support and guidance. No such facility exists in the
will keep you advised of any developments on this front.
We do not have a fund for direct help, but will do what
we can as and when COB encounters a situation where such
help is warranted.
the future we hope to offer an assisted fostering and adoption
service, helping families who otherwsie could not afford
to take in children but who have a willingness and desire
to do so. It will never be profitable for them to do so,
but rather we can assist with clothes, food, home improvements,
school uniforms and the like, and the children will be found
a place at a local school or education project.
is working with other local NGO's in discussions on this,
and we hope to develop local and community support as an
important part of COBs future development.
interested in assisting with funding such activities, or
are aware of any organisations who might be willing to consider
an application for such work, please do get in touch.