Apart from Children's Home, where we currently house 17 children in need who have been placed via the Children's Department, we also function as rescue centre for abandoned babies. New born babies sometimes a few days old thrown in a bush, rubbish dump or inside a toilet by desperate mothers often HIV+ . These babies need very special care, often are underweight and have all sorts of health problems. If the babies turn out healthy, it's important that we try to find a (adoptive) family for them.
Most of the children, arriving at the DCV, need medical care. Some, especially new born babies, need extra care and are often hospitalized for longer periods. This is one of the challenges DCV is dealing with, as medical costs escalate. We also provide schooling, counselling & nutrition. We do endeavour to find the families of the children. All this is expensive. Although there is a Furniture Workshop and a Layers Project (for eggs) at DCV, it's not enough to be totally self-sustaining.
With this project DCV can give the newborn babies the healthcare they need, so that they grow up as strong and healthy children. If we don't find the mother or relatives and the small ones turn out healthy, we try to find an adoptive family within Kenya so that they can grow up like any other child. Although in some cases replacements of children to their own family is successful!
The goal of DVC is to find a family for every child where they can grow up. Sometimes this home is DVC (mostly for the older children). For the younger children, adoption to a new family is possible. Successful adoptions stories are already known. DCV is working closely with the Children's Department to make sure that everything goes according to the law. The children are the priority and DCV is trying to do what's best for every single child, since they all have different needs.