Women's Community Support
Through direct community support, St. Vincent’s serves an additional 200 vulnerable families annually, particularly female headed households. The breadth of this program encompasses helping caregivers to start businesses, offering educational sponsorship to former Nursery School alumni and others in their household, assisting families to access medical care and helping track adherence to medication regimes, providing food to HIV-affected families and helping families to secure shelter.
This organic and community-owned approach empowers community members, particularly women. By creating a safety net, women are able to continue caring for their children, meanwhile allowing them to be active decision makers in the issues that affect them.
These are not hand-outs, but rather partnerships. Contributions from participants, no matter the size, are seen as a critical part of community building. St. Vincent’s believes that it is only through partnership and empowerment that long lasting change can occur.