Research shows institutionalised children are globally among the most marginalised groups in society and highly vulnerable to neglect as well as physical and sexual abuse. We have re-integrated over 60 children from two children's homes through family tracing, community and stakeholder engagement and counselling. These children have returned to their families but require ongoing financial support to complete their education and follow up visits to ensure the reintegration is successful.
Research shows children raised in institutions are globally among the most marginalised groups in society, highly vulnerable to neglect, physical & sexual abuse. Loss of identity is common among institutionalised children who lack individual care & attention & are treated the same irrespective of age, gender, abilities or needs. These children are isolated from their communities of origin, separated from siblings & unable to maintain a close relationship with their parents and extended families.
For children who have been reintegrated from children's homes back to their families, one of the biggest expenses, yet most important, is education. In fact, parents in poverty have been known to put their children into institutions to ensure they complete their education. By providing funding for education and ongoing support visits, we can help children reach their full potential without the risks of institutionalisation.
The longterm impact of having children raised in families rather than institutions is that they are able to form healthy relationships, learn basic life-skills and adapt to their independence when they leave the family home. Their chances of employment increase and they have a better understanding of family life for when they decide to raise their own children.