Vision Africa believes that children should be raised in a safe and caring family environment.
In Kenya, as a result of being born into families which are overwhelmed by poverty and other, often associated concerns, many children are abandoned or left destitute of adequate care.
Historically, Vision Africa engaged with and worked to build the capacity of locally run children’s homes. We then worked very purposefully towards deinstitutionalising these homes so that children might be better placed and cared for in families.
Through this programme we are now doing everything in our power to ensure that, where possible, the children with whom we have contact are raised in a safe and nurturing family environment.
We have worked closely with local authorities and government officials to ensure that institutional care is only ever a last resort and should never be a long term solution.
In partnership with local stakeholders we are developing systems that will support and empower vulnerable families to take care of children who are at risk of being placed in institutional care. These might include social work intervention or education sponsorships depending on the family situation.
Through our programme of de-institutionalisation, 63 children have been reintegrated to their families. Our Programme Officer provides ongoing monitoring and support for these children and works with many stakeholders to ensure the reintegration of each child is successful. Children have been enrolled in schools near their family homes and Vision Africa helps towards the costs of education.