REHABILITATING AND REINTEGRATING ISOLATED CHILDREN INTO A CARING COMMUNITY
Many of the children we work with live in unstable environments with unresolved feelings of grief, emotional distress and neglect. We provide emotional and social support to them, their parents and guardians to help restore a feeling of belonging.
We also support these children by training community volunteers in counselling, parenting skills and how to build children’s self-esteem, all of which help to create a safe and caring environment in which they can flourish.
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
- We create community-based Kids’ Clubs for children of all ages, and give local volunteers training in how to run them. Here, young people can learn to socially interact with other children without feeling isolated or stigmatized, while guardians are freed up to work and earn money.
- We provide play and educational materials to the Clubs, and equip volunteers to run play therapy sessions, in which they use art and music to help children understand and deal with issues such as grief or trauma.
- We ensure children receive support beyond the Clubs with home-based care. These home visits are crucial for child-headed households and families where the sole guardian is elderly or sick.
- Our emotional and social support also reaches children living on the streets, helping them move to a place of safety and, wherever possible, to eventually return to their families.
- All of this work incorporates elements to make it sustainable. For example, we train community volunteers in how to start communal food gardens or set up small businesses, in order to fund the running costs of the Kids’ Clubs.