Swinging to New Heights

Linking Resources to Build an Integrated Care Network for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and their Caregivers in Nigeria

A sea of child-sized flip-flops in a rainbow of colors washes up the front steps of the building housing Initiative for People’s Good Health (IPGH), a community-based organization (CBO) supported by the Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) program in the Yakkur area of Nigeria’s Cross River state. The front yard is filled with barefoot children running and playing; a swing set is crowded with children who are swinging as high as they can go, fearless and laughing. Inside, a large and colorful playroom is crowded with children singing along to a video playing on an old television; a little girl naps in the middle of the crowd, oblivious to the mayhem surrounding her. Drawings and other crafts adorn the interior walls, and one prominently displayed poster says, “I am happy to be me. I may not be perfect. But I am honest, loving and happy. I don’t try to be what I am not and I don’t try to impress anyone. I am just me.”




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