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 has engaged with and worked to build the capacity of locally run Children’s Homes. We are now working very purposefully towards deinstitutionalising these Homes so that the children might be better placed and cared for.
Through our Vulnerable Child Support 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 are working 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.
Existing facilities will be used to provide rescue shelters for a small number of children who need emergency, temporary care. For children who have no suitable family setting to return to we are working with key partners to secure alternative care solutions which include foster care and adoption.
Our impact will be strengthened through our programme of support services that complement the efforts of the families and communities – Afterschool Programmes, Empowerment Clubs, Seed of Hope Vocational and Enterprise Training etc.
It is through this new approach that we see Vision Africa best ensuring the Protection, Provision for, and Preparation of each vulnerable and disadvantaged child under our care.