Teenagers Plus Community Based Organization

Thursday, Nov 15th 2018

Interventions

Rehabilitation
Efforts are made to reunite the children to their families, meanwhile, the Centre offers hope to the children to envision life differently, utilizing their God given skills & talents raising their self-esteem , hence equipping them for reintegration into the society as responsible citizens, rounded for confident walk into their destinies.

Education

The children attend the local primary school. Although the Children's Act, which safeguards the right of every child, took effect on March 1, 2002, legal representation of the minors in court cases is rare, Family feuds and poverty are some of the main factors fueling child abandonment in Kenya, according to the officials.

Care and Support
At the Centre the children receive health care support services including HAART adherence under supervision by a trained caregiver from lea Toto program, at Kangemi, Nairobi, a programme of COGRI (Children of God Research Institute)a beneficiary of  USAID  funding through PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).

Counselling and Support
Due to the harsh and disproportionately disadvantageous background these children come from plus the myriads challenges they encounter in multiple temporary living arrangements, the children lack stability and support necessary for well-formed child development. Most of them exhibit psychological & emotional issues that hinder their interpersonal relationships, social ethics & altruism. These challenges sometimes manifest in anti-social behaviors such as violence to self & others. Other times, they might become self-withdrawn fearful of socialization. The purpose of Counselling division at St Bakhita is to draw children from these cocoons, encourage therapeutic processes, resulting in well-adjusted children with a positive look towards a future. This goal is acquired through facilitated play-group therapy sessions for the smaller children & age appropriate counselor- facilitated sessions. The key words are; Fun, Love Laugh & learn. A trained counsellor is on-site daily to address any issues arising among children, staff & volunteers. Team bonding activities are an integral part of the Center's program.

Community Outreach

One Government agency' children's welfare officer, admits there has been a sharp rise in the number of abandoned children aged between two and eight, as well as those with special needs adding that most of the minors taken to rescue centers as lost and found having been deliberately abandoned by their parents, some of whom later want them back after they have been raised and educated by others. Periodically, Tiplus will facilitate community dialogue with an objective of disseminating information relevance for social responsibility, civic education & policy interpretation, especially on Children & Youth matters. This works towards sharing demystifying HIV, de-stigmatization & involvement. The goal is to encourage families support & care for children born with HIV with adequate support at community level.
(Insert Bridgette giving talk at local School)

Legal Representation & Referral
Although the Children's Act, which safeguards the right of every child, took effect on March 1, 2002, legal representation of the minors in court cases is rare, Family feuds and poverty are some of the main factors fueling child abandonment in Kenya, according to the officials "It is sad that some of these children you see here were just left by their parents who are fully aware that they are here. They wait until they are grown-ups and then they come to reclaim them. When we get them, we can't tell who got lost and who was abandoned," - Children Officer at Nairobi Children's home. Tiplus partners legal organizations for pro-bono services on Law interpretation & referral services for children matters.

The center aims to become self-sustaining through support by individual donors & community goodwill through revamping of all prospective Income Generating Activities (IGA) with farming as the mainstay of these efforts. Currently, 2 acres is under mixed farming consisting of crop such; maize, cabbage, Irish potatoes, beetroots, carrots, bean, nappier & fodder grass. These organically grown food supplies the Centre with fresh food to support nutritious feeding while the Surplus harvest is sold locally through the Farmers market.

The center has a borehole too which once rehabilitated will supply free clean water for use at the Centre & animals taking off a huge budget off the occurring overheads, in monthly bills, and improved sanitation.

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