PROJECT: ‘BACK TO FAMILY’
It is sometimes possible to reunite children living in Malaika with their families; this happens if the family situation has improved or other relatives can be identified, even if they live far away.
Several family conditions could have led the children to Malaika: health problems, death of the mother at an early age, loss of work and extreme poverty or violence.
If there were no other relatives able to help these kids in need, Malaika intervened to take care of them for a period of a few weeks, months, or even years, in agreement with social services.
When the family can take care of the child again, or other relatives can be identified through “outreach” (family search) even far away, Malaika reunites kids with their families, always in agreement with social services.
In any case, after the reunion, we are committed to visiting the family regularly, even if they live far and in hard to reach areas.
We follow the child’s progress and ensure that basic needs are met, in particular, health and education, so that the steps forward taken at Malaika are not nullified.
Sometimes, initially, Malaika helps the family develop an economic activity that can provide sustenance and satisfy their basic needs.
How to support the ‘BACK TO FAMILY’ PROJECT
Searching the territory to identify members of the family of origin that could welcome back the children; periodic visits to the families once the accommodation has been found and the family reunited.
Supporting families to start subsistence economic activities facilitates the child’s return home and his/her future livelihood.