Integrating A Mentorship Component in Programming for Care and Support of AIDS-Orphaned and Vulnerable Children: Lessons from the Suubi and Bridges Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Glob Soc Welf. 2014 Mar 1;1(1):9-24. doi: 10.1007/s40609-014-0008-7.


Purpose: We examine a mentorship component within a family-based economic empowerment intervention for AIDS-orphaned children in Uganda.

Method: Mentorship was guided by a comprehensive 9-session curriculum. We present themes developed from the mentors' field reports and logs.

Results: Findings suggest that mentorship offers AIDS-orphaned children opportunities to develop and strengthen future plans. Moreover, the mentorship process was beneficial to both the mentees and their mentors. The program creates a positive life trajectory for a highly vulnerable group of youth.

Conclusion: The findings can be used to understand and design mentorship programs targeted at improving the psychosocial wellbeing of children and adolescents.