This study aimed at exploring the psychological support provided for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in a community-based organization (CBO) in Soweto, South Africa. A total of 14 participants took part in the study. Out of which, 12 were OVC (5 males and 7 females, aged 10 to 18 years) and 2 female social workers were selected to take part in the study. This study utilized open-ended questionnaire, semi-structured individual interviews and focus group discussions s as methods of data collection. The thematically analyzed data revealed that the OVC received psychological support through occasional counseling, mentorship, and peer-group support within the CBO. The study realized that counseling was offered occasionally by some psychological counselors who are hired by the CBO and this was seen as cost-effective. The study found that the CBO utilizes mentorship and peer-group support in addressing psychological challenges facing OVC. The study recommends that the CBO together with donors should have permanent psychological counselors who can provide regular counseling services to OVC as the need arises.
Emily Chepngetich Sitienei, Jace Pillay. Psychological support for orphans and vulnerable children at a community-based organization in Soweto, South Africa. Int. J. Psychiatry Res. 2019;1(2):18-24.