Confused and angry is how many of our young people feel. Over the summer and in September, many of the young people who used to come to our support group have left the institution where they live, either to move to another one or to start their independent life. While they lived in the institution the staff strictly controlled their every action. Now that they have left, these people who yesterday were part of their life don't want anything to do with them. For them it feels like yet another abandonment.
Fortunately, thanks to you, we can continue to be there for these young people as they go through this difficult and risky period. The authorities won't allow them to continue coming to our support groups within the orphanage, but we are finding other ways of reaching out to them. Over the summer we have invited them to join in with our activities for older orphanage-leavers who have children. Some of our parents on our programme have grown close to members of our younger group and could become mentors to them. We are planning to give them training to help them become successful mentors. Our social worker will also be making regular visits to our young people now living independently who have asked for support.
Meanwhile, we are setting up a new group in the institution for 10 young people who the authorities tell us are particularly troubled. At this stage we are still getting to know each other and building up their trust. With your help we look forward to supporting them through the coming years.
P.S. Our young people don't always like having their photo taken so I'm afraid we don't have any new pictures to show you.
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