Time to recruit new kids and integration into Miale Child support program and outreach is here with us again. Quite exciting but tough! Recruitment is done once a year to ensure that there is continuity of the programs.
It’s a vigorous exercise with different stages to ascertain that a child is in great need of support with an aim of breaking the poverty cycle and ensuring that all kids in our program are self reliant in future.
The exercise begins by applications from our partnering schools and approval by the head teachers of those schools.
The school teachers then identifies the Orphans and vulnerable within their school and they fill in recommendation forms.
The guardian too fills an application form ascertaining that the child is a genuine orphan or vulnerable.
The Social worker conducts a home visit and fills a home visitation form. She/then interviews the child and the guardian on specific matters to ascertain the level of vulnerability.
Some of the questions that may be asked are-:
How big is your piece of land
How old is the guardian
How many times do you eat per day
What did you have for breakfast
Where do you sleep
Do you keep any animals
Answers to these questions helps the Social worker understand the magnitude of the gaps that he need to bridge to make the life of this specific child different in a positive way.
The social team then conducts thorough interviews of all the guardians and kids after a couple of days and enrolls only the most needy and vulnerable children in the program depending on the required numbers.
Guardian whose kids have qualified to join the program signs a guardian agreement form with very clear understanding of the guidelines and content of the agreement form.
All the kids and guardians are placed on probation for three months for purposes of observation and proper adaptation to the program policy and guidelines. After three months all the kids who qualify will be continue being in the program.
This has seen our programs grow hence we are able to support more kids. Thanks to all those who support us.