Document Type Doctoral Thesis Author Shawa, Deborah Wanjiku firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-10022012-180921 Document Title The silent voices of orphans and vulnerable children living in the HIV and AIDS environment in urban Zambia : a pastoral care challenge Degree PhD Department Practical Theology Supervisor
Advisor Name Title Prof J C Muller Supervisor Keywords
- pastoral care
- silent voices
- orphans and vulnerable children
- HIV and AIDS
- social constructionism
- African world view
- extended family
- urban Zambia
- shanty compounds
- non-governmental organizations
Date 2012-09-06 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe phenomenon of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Zambia is a consequence of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Many of these children are orphaned at a critical developmental stage of their lives when parental care and nurture is most needed. In the African world view, children’s opinions in matters concerning them including care are rarely sort or heard.
The main aim of this research was to gain a holistic understanding of the silent voices of children affected and/or infected by the HIV and AIDS, and specifically about their experiences of care and/or lack of it. The other aims were: 1) to research alternative means of getting the silent stories of the marginalized children heard by the Zambian society; and 2) to disseminate the research findings to policy makers.
Ten children orphaned by AIDS and vulnerable children, who are the core-searchers, drawn from three Lusaka urban based NGOs participated in the study. The research process and experience was reflected upon by the researcher, co-researchers and the care givers. The research was carried out from a Practical Theology perspective and the narrative approach within the postmodern social-constructionist paradigm. The ABDCE model for fiction writing as a metaphor for doing narrative research was used. This approach enabled the researcher to carry out the research in a systematic manner. It also allowed the researcher and the co-researchers to begin and work together throughout the research process, as the researcher listened to the co-researchers’ stories and experiences of care and/or lack of it and was drawn into them.
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Shawa, DW 2012, The silent voices of orphans and vulnerable children living in the HIV and AIDS environment in urban Zambia : a pastoral care challenge, PhD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-10022012-180921/ >
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