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KINNECTED: What are the Answers? Part 1


In order to reduce the current over reliance on residential care in developing contexts and better protect children’s right to grow up in a family, we need to scale back institutional services, and increase the availability of non-institutional child welfare services. Implementing this transition is a complex process called ‘deinstitutionalisation’.



Children (and their families) should be full partners in the transition process. They should be actively involved and consulted in the development, delivery and evaluation of the services they receive and provided with appropriate information in a manner which they can understand.


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KINNECTED: What are the Issues? Part 2


60 years of global research has shed light on the detrimental effects that residential care can have on children’s development and overall wellbeing.

The most common adverse effects that children who grow up in residential care experience include:

• Developmental delays

• Behavioural problems

• Attachment disorders

• Lack of life skills

• Institutionalisation

• Difficulty forming and maintaining healthy relationships

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KINNECTED: What are the Issues? Part 1



Most people believe that children in orphanages are orphans; children, who due to parental death, displacement or abandonment, have no where to live and no one to care for them. Statistics show that this is rarely the case. The reality is that most children in orphanages have living parents. The majority of true orphans don’t live in orphanages but are cared for by their relatives in the community.

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KINNECTED: What is Kinnected?


Develop family-based alternative care such as kinship care and foster options for children who require out-of-parental care

Provide high quality short-term care as a last resort and temporary option in cases where family based care is not in the best interests of certain children

Assist long-term residential care programs to undergo deinstitutionalisation, which is the process of closing down long-term residential care programs and developing alternate community-based services for families and children

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A Community Coming Together...

Untitled_design_(17).jpgProject Madagascar continues to provide quality education to over 200 children from some of the poorest suburbs in Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo – because every child should have the opportunity to learn, grow and develop skills to enable them to reach their full potential. This project, which is an ACCI RAISE initiative not only provides education and life-skills for young students, but impacts their families and the surrounding communities.

They've seen this as the Parents’ Association continues grow with more parents taking ownership over the work of Project Madagascar’s Centres (CLCs) and their children’s education. The Parent’s Association has been especially active in the last few months in assisting with internal classroom maintenance and organising a fundraising event for continued improvement to the CLCs. 

At CLC Itaosy, a concert was organised to raise funds to fix the main entrance road which is quite inaccessible during the monsoon season.  4,000,000 ariary was collected (equivalent to $1600AUD) for the task and local tradesmen were hired to start the work.

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Challenging the Charity Mindset

ALun.pngPs Alun Davies writes on going deeper than the surface-level ‘charity mindset’ of missions to becoming people of justice that will change the world....

ACCI Missions & Relief is able to have an incredible impact across the world due to the engagement, support, passion and commitment of the ACC movement. Last year over $9 million was raised to assist a multitude of people and projects, and every year the impact we collectively make continues to grow. 

Last year alone – our Field Workers were able to make the following impact:

• 9,216 leaders trained (50.8% increase on 2010 annual figures),

• 33,915 children assisted (166% increase on 2010),

• Over 78,000 community development beneficiaries (225% increase on 2010),

• 53 churches were planted,

• 5,598 salvations,

• 1,082 water baptisms, and

• 1,237 baptisms in the Holy Spirit


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Leadership Development in Mozambique

2.jpgRobbie Housen has been ministering in Mozambique for many years. One of her great achievements in this time, supported by Australian churches, has been to establish the Hope Training Institute (HTI).

With a vision of enhancing the leadership of the oftentimes divided church in Mozambique, HTI trains students over a four year associate degree program. Students experience two years of formal bible curriculum, then a one-year internship in a local church, followed by one year of planting a new church.

After experiencing many years of war, Mozambique still struggles with many social, economic and other development problems. In order to address the varied needs of local communities, students are prepared both through their education and through gaining practical skills.

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Providing the Recipe for Change

Untitled_design_(18).jpgA passion to help prevent human trafficking led an Australian church to partner with ACCI Vietnam in the remote mountain communities of central Vietnam. Five years ago, Hope City Church (Brisbane and Toowoomba) started the journey with ACCI by working alongside a boarding school which services one of the most vulnerable communities in Vietnam. At the time, 89% of its students dropped out by the end of grade 9. The construction of a much-needed kitchen and a successive lunchtime program provided the ingredients for change. Its success led to Vietnam’s District Department of Education replicating the initiatives in six local schools, with more to follow.

Bruce and Marion Macaulay from Hope City Church, share how the partnership came about with ACCI Vietnam and Vietnam's District Department of Education...

“In 2011, we were asked to assist a struggling boarding school in central Vietnam, in a district where there is a known significant threat of human trafficking. Located near the border, the district is surrounded by thick jungle and is heavily populated by an ethnic minority group. 

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A Family Restored

Untitled_design_(14).jpgIt is easy to make assumptions when we hear of children living in orphanages in developing countries: They must be orphans if they’re living in an orphanage, or their families have abandoned them, or at least an orphanage provides a better environment for them to grow up in when you consider the extreme poverty they’ve come from.

However, the problem with assumptions is that they generally don’t see the whole picture. Assumptions ‘suppose’ something to be the case, without actual proof. This can affect the way we deal with issues, creating new problems without solving the old ones.

Despite our assumptions, orphanages are not filled with orphans or children without adequate parental care. Up to 80% of children living in orphanages globally have families. Due to issues such as extreme poverty where little or no support is available to assist families in crisis, desperate families will place children in orphanages to ensure their children receive food, education and clothing.

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Together we're empowering families in Sri Lanka

Untitled_design_(12).jpgACCI Field Workers Alison and Narel Atkinson have seen incredible impact through their community-based care for children in Sri Lanka. HelpKids Centre not only provides a safe environment for children to develop and receive a quality education, but support to their families and broader communities - because it takes a whole community to raise a child. One such family that has been impacted by HelpKids, is Shari & Dineth's. Their lives have been changed for the better and here's how... 

It is difficult to tell you what it feels like to watch a family torn apart by poverty, lack of support, or lack of knowledge. Children are placed in orphanages, away from their parents, their families and their communities.

It is for these reasons that HelpKids Centre in Sri Lanka work tirelessly to keep children in families. HelpKids champion families through education (both early childhood learning and tuition classes), providing a loving, safe & caring environment and empowering families to stay together. 

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