Maliba family support and re-unification program
Maliba family support and reunification program will be designed to work with vulnerable children/youth that have been identified for support especially after resettling them with their families. A thorough family tracing and identification process will be done, appropriate assessment of the child and/or family shall identify risk factors that require intervention and support before a reunification is expected to be successful. Criteria for this program are that:
- Both the family and child agree to participate. “Family” may refer to kith and kin placements.
- There is an identified child protection risk, other than poverty, that warrants family support and intervention services.
- The family, kith, or kin placement must be located in the Kasese district or within a maximum distance of 15 km from the Kasese district boundaries.
Maliba Family Support and Reunification program will accept intake referrals from the Probation and Social Welfare Officers, outside agencies, and other child support partners. If the child and family meet program criteria, the child will be admitted to stay temporarily at Maliba Children’s transitional home in one of the designated transitional beds for a maximum of 2 months. A social worker will be assigned to the case and will develop an intensive support and reunification plan with the child and family. The plan will consist of home visitations, individual
counselling, family counselling, goal setting, and collaborative planning with other support service agencies. Social workers will remain involved with the family following the reunification date and will provide counselling and supportive services for maximum of 4 months.
As this program involves intensive services that include meeting regularly with the
family and child, the program is restricted geographically because of travel considerations.
Maliba Family Support and Reunification Program’s policy is to NOT offer financial support or funding for school fees unless there is a clearly developed plan by the family to maintain the child in school upon discharge. In such circumstances, Maliba Family Support and Reunification Program can offer funding for one school term to assist the reunification process and encourage
stabilization of the family.
Maliba skills training and development program
Besides the basic education sponsorship opportunity given to every child and youth under the Maliba children care program, there will be a youth skilling program intended to equip all youths who go through our care and support program with practical skills that can sustain their livelihood even after they are no longer under the direct support of the project.
Tailoring/fashion and design, crafts shoe making, making jewellery like necklaces and bungles out of paper and other waste materials are some of the cheaper and easier skills that can creatively be taught to youth at the project, besides the more technical skill sets (i.e.; carpentry, masonry, welding and plumbing) these can be learned at technical institutions for those that will choose pursue that path. Teaching these disadvantaged young people practical skills early on in life prepares them to self sustain even when faced with uncertainties of life ahead. Maliba Grace Orphans Charity Fund envisions giving schooling opportunity to as many vulnerable children as possible and it’s in our plan to kick-start a school construction project; Maliba Grace Orphanage School by the third year of our existence. Our projection is to cut down the school fees and other costs that will be better managed at our school.