Technology provides vulnerable children with a support line in Nigeria

Orphans and other vulnerable children in Nigeria are the targets of the Fantsuam Foundation which assesses the risks the children face from HIV/AIDS as well as traditional dangers such as hunger and disease.

In 2006 the Fantsuam Foundation launched a vulnerable children's service as part of its rural HIV/AIDS programme. This innovative project addresses the growing problem of orphans and vulnerable children in the rural communities where Fantsuam works. ICT plays a central part and has proved an effective way of getting access to vulnerable children who are coping with poverty and hunger as well as life-threatening diseases.

One aspect of the programme is the Children's Computer Club which takes place in rural Kafanchan every Saturday morning from 10 am. "The children's excitement is such that they begin to arrive at our centre from 8 am," said John Dada, Fantsuam coordinator. "They have games, story-telling sessions, drama and introduction to basic computer skills. "The drama group is now gearing up for the Children's Day celebration," says John. "The Fantsuam ICT Youth volunteers will be on hand to film the event. This documentary will be key in the video skills training in which the kids will be equipped with camera and video skills to document their everyday experiences."

And yet it's not all fun and games. The computer club is a forum for looking after and monitoring their welfare their welfare. At one of these sessions we first detected a thirteen-year-old who was looking after his invalid grandmother.?


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