Most years, around my birthday, I do a fundraiser. In the past, I’ve raised money for trafficking victims to get home, to fund medical bills for a friend, for tuition fees for an inspiring young doctor-to-be, etc.
This year, I’m looking at the issue of children separated from their parents. In South Sudan, where I have lived and worked in the past, there are children’s homes caring for many kids who have been separated from their moms and dads due to war, violence, and other issues. While it is wonderful that children are receiving care, I want to study the relationships between the children and their new caregivers. How do the caregivers perceive the children? How do they understand their role in the children’s lives? What are the important roles of a South Sudanese parent? Do they parent the children in their care the same as they did their own children? Do the caregivers feel equipped and supported in their work? How do the children perceive their well being in these homes? Are they well provided for? Do they feel safe and loved?
For my 8th annual birthday fundraiser, I’m raising money to do research on the caregiver-child relationship at children’s homes in South Sudan. I will spend June and July in South Sudan, conducting this research before returning to the USA in August to write my graduate thesis. I hope that what I learn will serve to inform future caregiver trainings and advocacy for best forms of care for kids who are separated from their moms and dads in South Sudan.
I still need $1,111 to fund this research project. You can contact me if you would like more details about the research or how I will use these funds.