Bantwana and its local partners use interlocking strategies to improve and expand the quality of comprehensive services and strengthen community-based service delivery systems for vulnerable children and families:
- Engage the whole family to ensure that caregivers receive the support they need to effectively care for the children in their charge. Many caregivers—largely female, often elderly, infirm, or single heads of household—need access to livelihoods activities to increase household income, access to basic healthcare, legal rights, or psychosocial support to ensure that they can adequately care for children.
- Strengthen existing efforts and fill service gaps by identifying the most innovative and promising community-based organizations, help their leadership determine the most critical needs of vulnerable children and caregivers, and support them to close the most important gaps in service provision (e.g., healthcare, child protection, and livelihoods).
- Foster innovation by harnessing the talents and wisdom of local organizations and working together to develop, test, and evaluate effective models of care that can be scaled up.
- Engage children in efforts designed to benefit them by amplifying their voices, strengthening their agency as advocates, and building their confidence to address critical issues that affect them, including abuse, neglect, school drop out, HIV transmission, and early marriage.
- Build networks and community-based service systems by strengthening collaborations and effectively deploying resources from local and national government officials, police, schools, clinics, social workers, faith-based and local organizations, and community volunteers. These networks and systems lead to more productive, cost-effective, sustainable and higher quality comprehensive services for vulnerable families over the long-term.