All children should be empowered so that they can develop a solid sense of self worth and self respect. This translates into them taking charge of their lives in a more positive way and striving for a better life situation. For children from disadvantaged backgrounds, empowerment works towards breaking the cycle of poverty. With this as a basis, P.S. The Children received the necessary funding to deliver a 15-session empowerment program to children in registered shelter homes in Selangor.
Between April and December 2010, trained facilitators conducted the program in 6 shelter homes for 113 children as well as provided a complementary briefing for 23 caregivers. This was supported by a thorough Monitoring & Evaluation framework.
The project was deemed a success by both the children and the adults in the homes. There was significant increase in the children's knowledge of appropriate ways to handle potentially unsafe situations. Moreover, the facilitators and caregivers noted an enhanced sense of self confidence as the sessions progressed. The caregivers in particular observed an increase in openness, responsibility and a greater awareness of personal safety among the children.
P.S. The Children is grateful for the collaboration with the Hong Leong Foundation to create these opportunities for marginalized children in the community.