Resident Support Programme

While the preference is to support children at home, there are some cases when better care can be provided at the children’s home. The compliance of enrolment of children into the children’s home is strictly regulated by the government. Often children are referred by NGOs, the Department of Social Welfare, or in the case of child protection by the police. The programme will validate the referral and inform the government with a case report. This is submitted to the local magistrate who then issues a commital order. Once this due diligence process the complete, the children can move to Chishawasha and access the many services and benefits of care and education. When possible, children are reintegrated back to their families at home. Read more about the children’s home here.

Home-based Support Programme

The home-based support programme is considered the future of child support programmes because it allows the child to remain in the home environment and close to relatives. The objective is to support the vulnerable child in their learning, which may be taking place at other schools in the area, while also ensuring child protection.

An example of this is during a recent case of forced marriage, a child was temporarily removed from the situation, supported by the Chishawasha social care team, and then reintegrated with their family when the issue had been resolved.

Tertiary Support Programme

Support from Chishawasha follows children for as long as they are in education. For those that make it to university, the social care team remain responsible for their health and welfare. The students will return to Chishawasha from time to time to receive monitoring reviews. In some cases workshops are offered, for example to increase life success skills and reduce a victim mentality.