Picture this – A family is expecting a child but doesn’t think they have the financial means to support their kid – what’s next?
The Resource Effect.
Lack of financial means is one of the biggest risk factors involved in family separation and is manifested in several ways. A family may think that their child will have access to more resources in an orphanage. A family may also rely on one source of income to provide for their children and losing that source can mean an inability to afford education, doctor’s visits, or even meals and water.
Prevent family separation and increase family reunification by supplementing the incomes of female-headed households.
Introducing the FAMILY Campaign
Hopeland is testing a landmark experiment to evaluate the impact of economic empowerment tools as a cost-effective solution to address the drivers of family separation, and improve the overall wellbeing of at-risk children and families, with a special focus on female-headed households.
If successful this first of its kind campaign can disrupt a centuries old funding model that supports orphanages.
Rigorous Monitoring and Measuring Success.
There is an opportunity to test a new kind of support for vulnerable children – one that focuses on preventing parent-child separation through female economic empowerment.
This approach would first identify the female-headed families most at risk of separation and then test whether over time, specific cash and/or non-cash support can increase the chances that families not only stay together, but that family members’ health and development and exposure to violence and other risks all improve over time.
Key indicators to be tracked are:
(1) amount of financial support provided,
(2) number of families taking action to support,
(3) number of women and children receiving support,
(4) reductions in children living outside of family care, and
(5) improvements in quality of life for children, including educational attendance, nutrition and exposure to family violence, all in the targeted areas.