The program supports families as they make life changing decisions to improve their everyday lives through:
- Integrated Responsible Parenting
- Support programme for people living with HIV/AIDS
- Integrated Responsible Parenting
Integrated Responsible Parenting Initiative is a comprehensive training geared towards enabling parents/guardians to enhance their parenting competencies, champion their rights and those of their children and acquire skills and means to start and sustain income generating projects. The empowerment initiative was started in 2011 to enable children in HCH informal schools have better lives, improve academic performance and reduce cases of child abuse that they occasionally face in the hands of immediate family members. Training is a continuation of the previous years after a great impact had been realized from both the children and their parents/caregivers. The training is tailor made and has various activities which are included. We have been able to train more than 500 parents/caregivers
- Behaviour Change formation Process
a) Behaviour Change formation Experience and Training Orientation.
Parents/guardians are exposed to the change model for 5days. The experience is designed based on the Gerald Egan Change Model.
Using the model the participants are able to look at their lives and determine what is going right and what’s going wrong. The participants tell the stories of their lives and focus on different spheres of their lives; relationships, opportunities for improvement, life commitments, vision of reality (self, others, world, life and God) how they have fun, how they renew themselves, commitment to community living etc. In addition, the stage of exploring life helps the participants look at the root causes of their reality and particularly the choices they might have made or failed to make that has contributed to the type of life they are experiencing. Exploration also looked at the used and the un- tapped business opportunities in the life situations of the participants.
b) Effective parenting phase one and two
Parents/caregivers are scheduled to go through a 10 day training. The training aims at empowering parents/caregivers with knowledge, skills and parenting competencies to help them build an effective parent-child relationship that enhances the children to pursue their education and improve on school results resulting to better chances in life. Different methodologies are adopted to allow the participants own up the learning experience. The training is done into different phases and different topics handled.
c) Advocacy, human and children’s right’s training.
The aim of the training is to increase the awareness of parents and guardians on issues of Advocacy, Human Rights and Children’s Rights and move them towards taking action to safeguard the rights of the children. This is to help parents/guardians stop abusing their children and champion children’s rights in their neighborhood.
d) Small Business Management Training
Training on small income generating activities is to enable parents acquire funds to provide for the family. This was realized after several observation were made by social workers that majority of HCH parents/guardians are involved in casual work and they are not in a position to provide quality life to their families.
d) Caregivers bonding session
It is a three day training for children living with their grandparents. It aims at helping the caregivers be understanding to the needs of their children since they are developing from one stage to another. In addition it enables the children to have special time with their caregivers and to remind them of the things they do which affects the children psychologically.
e) HCH staff capacity building training:
All the staff are aware of the Child Protection Policy. Every year we hold a refresher course on CPP so as to accommodate any new staff during the period. The training time is spent on looking at how to better the working relationship among the staff by exploring ways to enhance and foster the team spirit of work. Support staff also has a separate training which entails Effective parenting and Advocacy, Human Rights & Children’s Rights; this is because majority of them hail from the same environment as the children. It’s not only that they are lucky to have a job but also they experience the same challenges as the HCH parents/guardians
f) Children rights awareness training
It is a five day training, one day per class from class 4- 8. It is remarkable that across all the classes, the pupils could easily name their rights without reference . In addition, they are quite clear about whom the child protection officers are and the procedure to take when reporting whenever there is an abuse.
g) Family life enrichment
The target group for the training are the parents who have gone through the Integrated responsible parenting and they have partners or in a union. This is geared towards enabling parents raise up families in a holistic way.
Support Programme For People Living With HIV/Aids
The main aim of this project is to draw and implement strategies that help in dealing with prevalence of HIV/AIDS. This is done by promoting the participation, empowerment and leadership of women suffering from HIV/AIDS at all levels of the society.
- To communicate effectively on behavioral and value change.
- To eradicate stigma and support women Living with HIV.
- To economically empower members by engaging them in an income generating activities
- To sensitize members on health and hygiene matters.
In an effort to engage members actively, the project initiated various incoming generating activities aimed at improving their self- sustenance. Members engage their minds and energy in these activities which helped them stay busy, relieve them of the feelings of isolation and helped defeat stigma within the community. The activities carried out by the group in Huruma center include the following: Beadwork, Tie and Dye and liquid soap making.