Even greater support: a new family support unit; combined with respite home for vulnerable children
The extra services that Child of Hope provides for its pupils and their families are unique and have a huge impact – these are our welfare, healthcare and Income Generating Activity teams. We have so many stories of restoring children from disease… rescuing them from abuse… actually saving their lives in some cases. Plus all the times we help families rise up from crippling poverty.
Now it’s time to give even greater support to vulnerable slum children and families.
We have already brought the three teams closer together to work collaboratively as the child development unit that drew together the various strands of our child/family support structure and improved our service.
Now we plan to build bespoke premises to house offices and meeting rooms for our staff to expand their work with families, while the first floor will become the children’s respite and rehab home, replacing our currently rented children’s home.
These new facilities will accommodate more rooms for counselling, training and community meetings, which will enable our IGA, health and welfare teams to roll out many of their highly successful programmes to the rest of the community. Potentially this will impact many more families in the Namatala slum to improve their health, education and living standards in line with the UN sustainable development goals. The cost will be £125,000.
The children's respite home will provide a secure home for up to 24 kids; 16 places for boys and 8 for girls. Our experience says that more boys get kicked out of home than girls. Even with the ongoing development of our foster care programme, there will still be a need for premises to give short-term respite and rehab services, to help children and families in emergency situations. We therefore want to reshape our children’s home so that our focus is much more on respite and rehab rather than on long-term accommodation.
A clinic room will replace our current sick bay, which will free up much-needed room in the school. The Child Development Unit team will also move, so together this will give us quite a bit more space in the main school building.
There is also an appeal page on JustGiving, from which you can donate and/or join in fundraising for the project.