Outreach Programme

 

The outreach programme is the backbone of the centre, being central to what the Fountain of Hope is all about.

While the centre started with the street children outreach, it then expanded into the whole community, as many children on the street do have homes they go back to.

There are two types of street children,  (those on the street and those of the street). Those on the street go back to homes at night, often living with the extended family in poverty situations. Those in the street live 24/7 on the street.

So in some situations Fountain of Hope is able to work with the family situation. After tracing the children’s family home if they have one, FOH is then able to assess the situation, and has training programmes for family empowerment, and womens programmes. By helping with the family situation, stability can be brought to the family, giving the child more chance of joining the school and maintaining their presence there.

For those who actually living on the streets 24/7 it is a more complex and difficult situation. Often these children spend their days high on drugs, scavenging for survival. By connecting with these children, the outreach team hope to be able to befriend them, and eventually bring them off the streets and into the FOH.

Once a child makes the decision to come off the streets and into the centre he is then integrated into the centre activities. He has a bed with a mattress to sleep on, he is fed three times a day. Shower facilities, plus flushing toilets ! A TV and DVD is available. Their life is transformed !

The centre has accommodation facilities for up to 45 children, and enables the children to start to live a normal life again. Eventually these children open up and the process of finding and assessing their family starts, but this is a slow and difficult process, taking much time.

Eventually, it is hoped that the street children will be re-integrated into a family environment, but this is not always possible. Some stay for years before being able to be re-integrated. Children who cannot be re-integrated are normally moved onto a permanent place at another facility.

Once re-integrated, regular follow ups occur by the team to ensure everything continues to go well, and the children hopefully continue to attend school.

The clinic that operates out of FOH works within this community structure, being available to all the children, their families and other families living in the location of the centre. It provides basic care, antenatal care and health education. Beyond this people are referred to the government clinic.

A feeding program operates from the centre, where over 100 children a day are given three meals a day. The Perfect Day foundation has committed to pay for lunch for the next three years.

 

 
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