Safe Parks is a new Power of Love weekly initiative started in June 2011. We recognized the need for this tool for children in our pediatric HIV care program as they needed a safe place to play, interact with peers, and spend more time with our youth care workers, especially in instances when the child may need counseling or is experiencing problems at home.
We introduced the Safe Parks program to address the emotional, mental, and spiritual health challenges faced by children living in the Matero compound in Lusaka, Zambia. Safe Parks is available at no cost to all children in the community. Our trained healthcare staff plays games with the children and provides help with homework, allowing them to assess the physical and mental health of the children and provide guidance to parents. At present, there are more than 700 children enrolled, and 80-90 participate each week.