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Mentor Mothers

Mentor Mothers

Summary: Philani believes that children need to be healthy to be educated.The Mentor Mothers program promotes social change in basic child health and early childhood development. The approach adopts 'Positive Deviant Theory' to equip local mothers with additional knowledge and skills to mentor other mothers in disadvantaged communities. --- Philani was established in 1979 by a Swedish doctor in the ‘informal’ settlements on the outskirts of Cape Town. Poverty, the limited capacity of health workers, and the HIV/AIDS crisis meant that basic child health and nutrition services were not effective.  In response, Philani developed interventions to prevent malnutrition, rehabilitate underweight children, and promote good health. Research ha...

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Mentor Mothers

Philani believes that children need to be healthy to be educated.The Mentor Mothers program promotes social change in basic child health and early childhood development. The approach adopts 'Positi...

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  • Description of Scale and Reach

    The Philani organization was established in 1979 in Crossroads in Cape Town. The organization has been responsive to the needs of the community by designing interventions for various needs within Early Childhood Development e.g. incorporating programs for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children. Mentor Mothers is one of their most recent interventions and has been piloted in the Eastern Cape. The program is having impact and reaching almost 4000 beneficiaries over a relatively short period of 2 years. As the impact of the program is analyzed there will be plans to assess how the program can grow, which is dependent on available funding.

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    South Africa, Ethiopia, Swaziland