The Mutual Learning Program is offered by the Family Power – Mutual Learning (FP-ML) collaboration. We are a collaboration of highly motivated NGOs interested in hearing your story and sharing ours.
The FP-ML board consists of Wilde Ganzen, Transform Alliance Africa, Daniëlle Children’s Fund, KidsCare, Hope and Homes for Children and Instituto Kanankil. Besides, the team is strengthened by wonderful individuals who are as important as the board itself. Within the collaboration, there is a vast experience in developing and facilitating training courses related to amongst others family and community based child care and dialogical and collaborative practices.
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We are interested to hear your story and share ours.
Wilde Ganzen Foundation is a Dutch NGO, founded in 1957 with a mission to reduce poverty and inequality through community-led initiatives. Wilde Ganzen supports community-based organisations in the Global South and their Dutch fundraising partners (private development initiatives) in joint efforts to achieve a better future because Wilde Ganzen believes communities should have control over their own development. Wilde Ganzen supports social changemakers that are taking on initiatives to fight inequality. This is done through grant making, in-depth technical assistance, expertise and on-the-ground networks.
Transform Alliance Africa is a growing collective of organisations currently working across Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The Alliance’s Vision is of an Africa free of orphanages, where all children grow-up where they belong, in safe and loving families. Our Mission is to be a catalyst in ending institutional care of children in Africa by using our collective voices, knowledge, practice, and experience to strengthen families.
Daniëlle Children’s Fund Ecuador (DCF) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with vast experience accompanying children, adolescents, and their families who are going through situations that put their right to live within family and community at risk. DCF offers preventive support services, care based on family and community, and promotes deinstitutionalization. Its philosophical basis is founded on collaborative and dialogical practices. Since 2018, DCF accompanies the Ecuadorian government in a “National Strategy of Deinstitutionalization,” participating in the creation of a historical feat in the public policy for the protection of children and adolescents. Since 2017, the organization has trained more than 1200 professionals of the Child Protection Sector in Ecuador and other countries about alternative care and de-institutionalization. Please visit the website for current trainings: https://daniellechildrensfund.org.ec/capacitaciones/
Kanankil is an Institute of Higher Education located in Mérida, Yucatán, México. In the Mayan language, one of the meanings of the word “kanankil” is “in conversation, in dialogue with the others”.
Kanankil offers an academic space that invites others to explore the diverse ways of perceiving and working with human systems, seen as generators of meanings and languages. It is a forum to study theoretical proposals of different disciplines from the postmodernist perspective and the dialogical, collaborative, and narrative practices, applied to fields like psychotherapy, supervision, education, consultancy, and community work. This work is conceived through the formation of learning communities, in which the relationships, objectives, and results are based on models that promote participation and curiosity.
Currently, Rocío Chaveste, Papusa Molina, and their team play an important role in the training on Alternative Family and Community Based Care and the mutual take care of the caretaker sessions.
Hope and Homes for Children is an international charity that works to stop the institutionalisation of children. Hope and Homes for Children work alongside local partners, governments and civil society organisations in over 30 countries to dismantle orphanage-based care systems. Since they started, in 1994, they closed 126 orphanages, helped over 17800 children transition into family based or other alternative care and prevented the separation of over 268000 children from their families. Their transformation model is driving reform and laying the foundations for long-lasting change in multiple countries, inspiring organisations, including the UN, EU and governments around the world, to close the doors of orphanages.
KidsCare believes that every child deserves the right to build their future and develop the talents they have been born with. KidsCare Kenya is a registered trust, established in 2010. KidsCare mainly focuses on supporting families taking care of orphans and children with disabilities. With a team of social workers KidsCare runs community-based home care programs, especially for families living under very poor circumstances.
In 2020, a group of nine Dutch and nine international organizations, spread over four continents and seven countries, jointly set up a collaborative program called Family Power. They aimed for a safe and loving family for every child by showing how family and community-based care is possible in practice. One of their activities was an exchange program for the Family Power participants.
The group met digitally on a monthly basis sharing experiences, challenges, ideas and other reflections in an extensive dialogue. The participants concluded this way of working was really valuable to them, and they wondered whether it would be possible to share this with other organizations.
A few of the Family Power members stayed involved and new partners joined the team. It was then that the Mutual Learning Program was naturally born. In 2023 the group decided to continue their collaboration under the name Family Power – Mutual Learning.