Sharing love with Orphans and Vulnerable
Berikids Structure during Construction
Empowering Youths with Livelihood Skills
Friends and Partners of BERIKIDS
The Berikids Founder and Committed Team
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So far, a lot has been achieved (see "ACHIEVEMENTS") since the group and the centre came into existence but many challenges are still ahead. These problems are material, human and financial.

                                 There is a general lack of equipment for the various departments. There is need for more computers for the computer department; more sewing machines, a zigzag, embroidery, and button-hole machines for the dressmaking department; the Psychiatric Centre needs more drugs for the treatment of its patients.

                                  Skilled individuals are the brain and arms of the centre, yet the staff is not complete yet. International volunteers would be highly welcome to bring expertise and encouragements to the department's management and students. A professional carpenter is needed to teach modern carpentry know-how and design. The centre's organisation needs to be rigorously set up by a business professional, to meet international governance standards.

- On a day-to-day basis, the centre struggles to be self-reliant and to raise money to feed the children and to pay school fees and uniforms for the younger ones. So far, most of the operational funds were provided by the founder of Berikids herself. However, her private resources are close to exhaustion and external support is highly needed.

- Single mothers lack funds to open up small-scale lucrative businesses that will make them self-reliant. Since they remain unable to satisfy their basic wants and those of their children, they remain vulnerable to social hazards, thus facing the risk of bearing more unwanted children and being infected with HIV/AIDS.

- There is a lack of adequate funds to complete the construction and rehabilitation of the centre’s structures. The building was recently roofed, plastered and cemented, however it still needs strong doors and window protectors to avoid burglary. The newly constructed four roomed and un-roofed apartment needs to be roofed, plastered, cemented with strong doors and windows, and furnished for a dormitory and kitchen for the centre. More funds are equally needed to erect more buildings to house more orphans and vulnerable children as their number is sure to increase with time.

- The centre cannot face exceptional expenses, e.g. the carpentry workshop has its electrical machines immobilized because it is unable to pay an old and important electricity bill. Since the machines cannot be used, the workshop is not operating at its full capacity thus cannot be self-reliant.

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