REDEEMED EVANGELISTIC FELLOWSHIP (REF) RESCUE CENTER KARIADUDU
REF children rescue center is located in kariadudu slums which is one of the slums in NAIROBI Kenya(baba-dogo/ korogocho area). It was started in the year 2012 with 6 children as a baby care center. Now it has become the children rescue center and a center for feeding programs to most vulnerable children in the community. The population of slightly above 50 children depend on REF rescue center daily. 30 of whom are school going children. Early child hood development plays a crucial role throughout a child's life , education is the only investment a parent or caregiver can offer to a child today for future stability, we therefore started a Pre- school to accommodate these children at the age of 3yrs and above.
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1.A dinning hall is needed to boost feeding program
2.medical facility for the center is to be put in place.health is a vital segment in monitoring the growth and development of a child right from birth to school going age.special attention is required during admission and screening is to be done immediately to observe their overall status purposely to administer management.daily routine checkups is required to be done by a community health worker who is at hand to monitor, counsel and dispense medicine as per the doctors prescription.
3. child sponsorship needs to be scaled up to reach more children with support
4. the hygiene system needs to be increased by building better toilets than the current pit latrines.
5. play facilities need improvement and the use of easily available materials to make play object like beans to make shakers.
6. child reintegration with the family requires more support to make it much more robust.
7. children suffer from trauma and they need sufficient love and passion to turn away the ordeal from the minds of the children affected.here we have gaps of good counselors. and would wish to call upon individual well wishers who are experts in child psychology and counselors to join us on voluntary basis to support the children.
8.the need for income generating activities(IGA)as part of the after rescue plan
9. we envision a healthy child on the informal settlements and economically challenged community of kariadudu slums and for us to succeed well we need a capacitated community to understand their role in child development. we need action in terms of behavior change towards hope,hard work and communication.
The popular questin to the community is whether the administration can create space for play to all children in the community because in the informal settlement people build shanties everywhere and don't actually remember sewerage lines, power lines, play grounds, schools, roads and social and recreational places and many others.
Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?
The entire community of Kariadudu slums NAIROBI KENYA, totaling to 5000 households with a population of 30,000 people reference to the latest counting results by goal Kenya data (KND/OD/A1/01- 2014) Others that must benefit are:
children at risk who come from diverse backgrounds like abandoned, street children,orphaned,children with mothers in prison, sexually abused and HIV affected and victims of severe mistreatment by step mothers.the rescue center provides a soft landing environment basically to repair their broken hearts and restore hope by giving each one an opportunity to explore and grow their talents to the fullest. Basic children principles; much of what they learn is when they are very young during their play time.
REF as C.B.O may not succeed in changing the physical structures and the entire environment of Kariadudu slums but envisions a healthy slum child growing in an environment well harnessed to be child friendly including play.
How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?
REF Rescue Center and dare care center has already had a platform to work with existing partners training the mothers on safe motherhood practices using the available (CHW)., importance of hand wash to stop dysentery, diarrhea and some other forms of diseases as a result of parents negligence. When parents are touched then the entire community is touched and the feed back is superb. This is working we have tested it. BRING THE MOTHERS TOGETHER , OPEN A DISCUSSION FORUM FOR ALL AND GATHER IDEAS, EXPECTATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS.
All right the end might linger more in my mind on how to exit than the beginning how life can turn for someone who used to sleep outside on the cold with no food and nowhere to call home no brother or sister around no security no roof,dirty rags as clothing no where to take bath experiencing a sudden change of situation of guaranteed square meal thrice a day.a glass of milk daily,a variety of fruits,one type each day, good breakfast tea or porridge in the evening one own bed with good bedding.and after three or four years you find yourself with none of these what will you do?
At the end of it all funding is required to encourage and support the outgoing children to begin income generating activities for self sustainability.
What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?
We would like OpenIdeo community to give us feed back on more ways and methods to help pilot the experiences, ideas and concepts.
Would be great to get an expert advice on design mechanism on rescue center and day care center in an informal (slum) settlement, and how to measure success in terms of integrated practices i.e - economics, socio-emotional, spiritual, IGA, etc. we also invite any type of partner, so that we may ensure that services quality meet community expectations
Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?
Yes. I am ready and interested in testing this idea and making it real in my community.