Children at Risk / The Dwelling Place
|Name:||The Dwelling Place|
|Project Type:||Children at Risk|
|Current State:||Funds raised - ongoing support|
DescriptionIt is estimated that Uganda has 1.7 million orphans - one of the countries with the highest number of orphans worldwide. 25% of households look after at least one child orphaned by HIV/AIDS or war. The number of street children in Uganda has also increased dramatically over the last two decades. Street children are young people under 18 years of age, who spend most of their time, day and night, on the street - begging, stealing, using drugs or having an involvement in prostitution as a means of survival. The problem of street children began in Uganda during the 1970s and continues to be a problem today due to poverty and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS. Currently, there are over 10,000 street children in Uganda who live alone, lack parental guidance, experience financial hardship and who have been malnourished since their birth.
"Dwelling Places" is a Christian ministry born from an international schools ministry. Rita Nkemba was called to the ministry of street children. Dwelling Places serves street children, street families, abandoned babies, and other children in crisis. Currently, Dwelling Places is working with over 70 children and over 45 mothers. The goal is to insure that street children in Uganda are raised in a God-honoring family setting, with love and care. This is done by removing children from the street and helping in the prevention of more street children by empowering the family unit.
The HOME - "Dwelling Places" family home is a transit home where street children, abandoned babies, and other children-in-crisis are provided with accommodation, food, education, counseling and foremost, the love of Jesus Christ. They are also taken through health and physical rehabilitation programs and later resettled back into the community. This is done through independent living, resettlement with their relatives, foster care, or adoption.
EDUCATION - There are interim school and kindergarten classes at our home where children from the street are given basic education. This is done according to the class the child can manage and never according to age or physical size.
From the interim school, children, especially those that pay attention and work hard in class, are enrolled in local government schools. Interim schoolteachers and a social worker continue to monitor them.
Vocational training is given to older children who normally come off the streets without ever having gone to school. Some are placed with local artisans in the community to be taught skills, while others are trained at home or in training schools.
FAMILY TRACING & SETTLEMENT - This is done as soon as the child is admitted to the "Dwelling Places" home. We try to discover if the child has any living relatives and whether they are willing and able to care for the child. Resettlement is then pursued and is normally done by first encouraging the relatives to keep in touch with the child. Later the child is returned to the family. We thereafter make a follow-up on the child to monitor the transition progress. A child is never returned to to an abusive or neglectful home.