Fikelela Childrens Centre offers short term residential care to orphans and vulnerable children. One of the most important parts of our programme is family re-unification, placing children back into their extended family. When children are placed with us by social workers, the initial family has been screened and no family members found willing to take the child. Then begins the detective work!! Our diligent auxiliary social worker has been able to trace granmothers who lost contact with daughter years ago, aunts or other family members. Last month two little boys were reunited with thier grandmother in the Eastern Cape.
Our biggest success story was the case of Estelle. Her mother was from Tanzania, and passed away in South Africa. We placed her with a foster family, but sadly the foster mum passed away. We then tried to trace the family in Tanzania and through a wonderful series of god-incidences were able to track down her maternal aunt and uncle in Dar Es Salaam. She is now home, living with them and enjoying getting to know her girl cousins!
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