We currently have 75 boys under our care (in our program), and 22 drop-in boys (in the intake stages). In addition, we also support 74 reintegrated children with their families.
Our goal is to help these children in our care and others in safe and loving families through kinship, family reunification, and community-based care.
Children have great potential to change their own circumstances and become productive and successful members of society.
We believe that children should have the opportunity to grow up in happy and healthy families and not on the streets.
Currently, we support:
What is Family-based care?
The focus of Family-based care is providing the love, nurture, and security that allows a child to thrive through reunification with biological parents, kinship care, foster care, or adoption.
Also, a vital part of supporting family care is strengthening families to prevent unnecessary separation.
To ensure the sustainability of family-based care, we are doing the following:
Changing the way we care to a family-based approach
Children should be families and kinship care, not orphanages.
Research affirms that the best environment for children is within a loving, secure family.
At Kwetu Home of Peace, we seek the best interest of each child, which is finding a permanent family setting as soon as reuniting is possible.
We will still provide community-based services for street boys.
Children have the best chance to thrive when they grow up in a family. That's why we're committed to strengthening families, and we are now shifting towards a family-based care model.
Our program's transition emphasizes sustainable family-based care more than institutionalization while seeking street children's best interests
We want to see a society where all children, especially street children, have access to rehabilitation services, medical care, and are empowered live to their full potential while growing up in families instead of being homeless on the streets
Transitioning our Care Model
Family is the best place for children to grow. We advocate for that by reintegrating children back into their families after rescuing and rehabilitating them. In their families, they will be able to grow up knowing their siblings and the extended family and will be able to practice their cultures.
Growing up in a family, the children will be able to appreciate the importance of the family in society. As a result of our program, there has been a reduction in the number of children on the streets.
Us transitioning our model will reduce the dependency on institutionalization and increase community responsibility in taking care of the children. We will achieve this through:
- Psychological support to the families
- Family empowerment
- Monitoring and evaluation of children in families (to check on their progress and the stability and support those who are not stable)
- Regularly assessing the impact of the program on the families
The success of our mission is when a rescued boy settles at home when they have completed their rehabilitation time in Kwetu and are ready to embrace the family life, overcoming the stigma of being a street child as accepted members of society.
Family-based care, Community-based care, Kinship care, and Family Strengthening
Kwetu is helping with family-based care services for street children. In most cases, community-based care or kinship care-–where extended families take care of children whose parents have died or abandoned them. These family members receive financial support, food, health care, psychosocial support, and parenting coaching from our staff.
We also strengthen families by providing parent education, spiritual development, and skills training to build a strong foundation for empowerment and self-sufficiency. Also, we help parents gain skills that help sustain their families and children for the long-term, including:
- Necessities, such as food and healthcare as needed
- Parenting skills training
- Family support counseling and home visits via trained therapists and social workers
Fundraising to maintain and increase the impact of our work
We can impact more children when children are in families. Through fundraising, with donor support, we will be able to:
- Carry out more family empowerment activities
- Support children in their education
- Afford logistics while carrying out our transition to family-based care
- Better afford the medical support that the children we serve need
- Support parenting capacity building, entrepreneurship skills, and workshops for healthy and safe families
- Psychosocially support reintegrated children and families better (ongoing home visits, counseling, and mentoring)
- Cover transportation costs for social work, home visits, and ongoing monitoring
- Fund essential staff for successful reintegration of children with families
KHP Program Phases
Phase 1: Child Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration
This section details the three steps that makeup Phase 1 of our Program, from street work to rescue to Drop-in.
Base – This work takes place in some of the hiding places where we rescue boys from.
With our unique approach and dynamic programs, Kwetu Home of Peace has expanded its street work and rescuing program and continues to promote street children rehabilitation and reintegration.
KHP works in both curative and preventive ways to provide rehabilitation and reintegration for children into families and communities.
Our organization provides peer-to-peer support for each case.
KHP also runs a shelter to receive those rescued from the streets and protect them while their families are located and prepared to welcome them back.
The rescue program involves regular visits to the streets to establish contact with boys. In addition, social workers reach out to the children on the streets to identify boys who can join the Centre for rehabilitation.
It also involves rescuing boys who are lost and need assistance in tracing their parents or guardians. Rescued children usually stay in Kwetu for a short time.
In the Drop-in phase, boys from the streets start their rehabilitation process at Kwetu Home of Peace.
It is the first phase of our program and serves as a temporary stay, usually for 3-6 months.
View our Drop-in activities in the section below.
Phase 1: Drop-in Activities
Drop-in is the first phase, right after program admission, and serves as a temporary stay for children, usually for 3-6 months. This list contains the activities we offer for boys within this phase.
To identify the child's home, parents, and/or relatives to help understand the child's social environment and background.
Guidance and Counseling
This involves individual counseling where professional counselors interact one-on-one with the child.
Seminars and Workshops
This includes organizing talks for the children on various issues such as self-esteem, sexuality, and drug abuse, among others.
This is undertaken by a professional teacher to help determine the stage at which a child stopped schooling if they started going to school.
Extra curriculum activities
E.g., football games and various indoor games such as drafts help identify a child's talents.
Guided by the house fathers, children hold reflections every day and attend Sunday service every week. They are also taught how to pray by themselves and, above all, to build a close relationship with God.
The boys engage in daily chores such as cleaning, sweeping, etc. Besides, they have small gardens and rabbits, which they take care of to learn day-to-day responsibilities.
Given the street environment that these children come from, they require thorough and constant medical care. Therefore, a comprehensive medical examination is done within the week of their arrival.
Phase 2: Child Rehabilitation & Reunion at Main Centre
Once at the Main Centre, the children undertake formal education in the neighboring public and private schools.
These children stay at Kwetu for only two years, but they are encouraged to continue their education even after reintegration.
Responsibility, skills training, and talent development
Alongside responsibility training conducted in the Drop-in phase, not every child has an interest or ability to excel in informal learning. So, well-designed skills training and talent development are essential in furthering a child's future success regardless of learning ability.
Therefore, the skills training to a greater extent helps the caregivers and educators better understand the boys' learning needs while at Kwetu Home of Peace.