If we want to see children at risk kept safe and healthy, given opportunities to learn and playing an active part in the shaping of their own futures then we need to work together. So we take a detailed look around a given city to locate who is working with children and how; we connect the projects that are willing to work together; we equip those organizations and individuals to offer children the best possible care; and we engage people both locally and globally in that mission.
It's hard to help people work together if you don't know who and where they are. Viva Locate helps to discover exactly who is working with children at risk in a given area, what they are doing and how. This takes our researchers anywhere between two weeks and two months, and can be as simple as searching the internet, visiting churches or other community bases and talking to local contacts.
Once they have a list of approximately 15 people or projects the researchers will start to get in touch with them, explaining exactly what a network is and the ways in which we can benefit from working together. If people are interested then the researchers visit them in person to talk about what their project is doing, including detailed information about what needs they are targeting and which children they are reaching.
The research is first compiled into a simple directory, providing a valuable source of information for the local community. It also offers a glimpse of the bigger picture, helping to highlight problem areas or needs that are not being addressed. However, a directory by itself will not do the work: people must be inspired by the purpose of the research and be willing to work together. That inspiration and willingness is the beginning of a city-wide network.
Read more about how we work in our 'Together for children' booklet.