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Fairstart and SOS Children’s Villages Denmark are once again travelling to Zanzibar to begin SOS Children’s Villages’ large African foster family project ”Community Action for Quality Alternative Care”, which is supported by CISU and Danida. This time, we are going to host an introduction for the 21 African SOS employees from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Ethiopia and Somaliland who will take Fairstart’s instructor education. The extent of this project, in which Fairstart plays an important part, will be far-reaching and groundbreaking.

The instructor education is developed specially for SOS Children’s Villages and is build around our African training programmes for family and kinship care systems in the involved countries. Thereby, they get a common educational background on the area and through a research-based training course the foster families get a solid foundation for improving their care of the vulnerable children and youth in their families. The training in attachment-based care has a well-documented and very positive effect on child development and well-being.

The introduction days on Zanzibar takes place in week 35, and in week 36 the 21 SOS employees begin their online instructor education. Six times during the course, they each meet with their respective group of foster or kinship parents and train them in Fairstart’s foster care programme. They will also meet once before the training to determine the needs and goals for the families and once after the training to follow up on the whole process.

We are looking very much forward to meet all the participants and get them started with this ambitious and exciting project. Follow the mission on this page and on Facebook.