What we do for rescue children
To provide a safe environment for rescued abandoned children.
To provide care and love to the rescued children.
To provide a temporary home for the rescued children within the community.
To give recreational and occupational therapy programs to the rescued children.
Providing avenues for adoption and fostering for the rescued babies.
Strengthening child care networks so as to halt any future abuse.
Provision of a well balanced diet with regular health and immunization checks.
Provision of Pre-school and formal education allowing them to grow and develop their social skills. Learn to respect other people and have high moral standards that should flourish as they grow older. Extra health education shall be provided highlighting the dangers of HIV/Aids, drugs and alcohol abuse.
To promote children’s rights and protection as provided in the children’s Act 2001.
To provide guidance and counseling
Children Care and Protection
All human beings, irrespective of their age, sex, ethnicity, nationality, race, or social-economic status, are entitled to respect and enjoyment of their human rights by virtue of the fact that they are born humans. Let’s say human rights are inherent in all human beings. Every human being from the minute of birth is clothed with value and dignity which indicate how she/he should be treated by other human beings.
In Chapter 4 of our Kenya Constitution, Article 53 (1) (e), states that a child has a right to parental care and protection. Living in a happy family that offers parental love and care is of paramount importance in the growth and balanced development of the children, they also have the right to a name, nationality and protection from deprivation of their identity.
According to children`s Act, 2001 section 64 states that, a charitable children’s institution in which the child is received, shall provide the child with adequate care and protection for the period of his/her accommodation therein. Therefore, not only comes from the heart of the founders but from the laws of Kenya too. For this reason, all the staff must have empathy and sympathy to love and care for these children since this is what they lacked in the first place.
The children care will be based on four categories;
- Health care
- Individual Care Plan
According to Section 9 of The Children’s Act 2001, every child shall have a right to health and medical care.
Once the child is rescued and brought to Heshima Rescue center he /she will be taken to a clinic for a full health check up, malaria test, HIV tests and also to be de-wormed.
All children less than five years old are taken to the clinic to be immunized and the caregivers will make sure that the children take prescribed medicines at the correct time and ensure the correct dose is taken and the course of medication must be completed as specified by the nurse or doctor.
To maintain good health the environment must be clean with good balance diet which must be maintained and any child who has special needs will receive extra medical care where appropriate with qualified staff ensuring the best avenue of health care for the child. The Centre will liaise with Vipingo Health Centre and in case of emergency the child will be taken to Kilifi level 4 hospital which is referral and operates 24 Hours for the sick children.
The children at the centre shall be assured of three meals each day with porridge and/or tea breaks. No visitor shall be allowed to give any food directly to a child. This is in case the child is allergic to that food substance.
The Centre shall provide temporary shelter while awaiting exit. During this period we shall offer the following;
- Psychological counseling
- Play therapy
- Medical check-up and treatment
- Rehabilitation counseling
During their stay, the centre investigates whether it is possible to facilitate a return to their family/adoption or to a foster family. If both options are not viable, an alternative care plan shall be adopted.
Children will be protected from all form of abuse i.e.
Prevention of abuse
The Foundation will endeavor to treat all Children and with respect and dignity. We will always be ready to listen to them without criticism. We will work to build up healthy relationships with children and be good role models, setting a good example:
- Staff should not be alone in an enclosed place with a child of opposite gender where their activity cannot be seen. At least two staff members shall be with a child where they cannot be seen.
- In a counseling situation with a young person, even though privacy and confidentiality is required it will be done in a room where the windows are transparent.
- Ensure that access to, and the accommodation in the building is safe and well – lit.
- Treat all children with respect and dignity befitting their age; watch language, tone of voice and body language. Control and discipline children without using corporal punishment, or abusive language.
- Staff members shall not arrange with a child to go to their rooms or homes alone; if need be, invite a group or ensure that someone else is present, with permission from the management.
- Make sure that Management knows where the child is, if necessary, have a written confirmation from them. This is most important if taking a child from the actual premises.
- When taking child on day or weekends visits outside the premises, medical and dietary information the management and house mother must be informed of the nature and activities involved.
- Children must not be left unsupervised at any time.
- Any activity using potentially dangerous equipment should have constant supervision by adults of suitable qualification or experience.
- Do not share sleeping accommodation with children unless you are a caregiver or manager and there is a reasonable need and well arranged facilitation to do so without any danger of invading on the child’s privacy and should not be done with child of opposite sex.
- Children must be supervised when leaving the premises, in the car park, crossing roads, and at the area of visit, adults involved must summon children to a common meeting point after visits have been undertaken to ascertain point to make sure all children are present before returning home.
- As far as possible adults of opposite gender to the children should not use the same toilet facility.
- For health and safety reasons, the kitchen must be used by authorized people only and children must be supervised by a house mother or adult.
- Any behavior dangerous to children should not be allowed.
- Adopt a policy statement on safeguarding the welfare of children.
- Plan the work of the organization so as to minimize situations where the abuse of children may occur.
- Introduce a system whereby children may appeal to an independent person.
- Apply agreed procedures for protecting children to all staff and volunteers as they will be given clear role
- Use supervision as a means of protecting children.
- Give all staff and volunteers` clear role.
- Treat all staff and volunteers as job applicants for any position involving contact with children.
- Gain at least one reference from a person who has knowledge of the applicant’s paid work volunteering with children.
- Explore all applicants’ experience of working or contact with children in an interview before appointment.
- Find out whether an applicant has any conviction for criminal offences against children.
- Make staffs and voluntary appointments conditional on the successful completion of a probationary period.
- Issue guidelines on how to deal with the disclosure or the discovery of abuse.
- Train staff and volunteers, their line managers or supervisors, and policy makers in the prevention of child abuse.
- Form a management committee that looks into children grievances.
- Children should not be left alone whether in the playing ground or houses.
- Awareness should be done to the children concerning their private parts.
The eligibility criteria for admission are as follows: We will admit the rescued children from the following abuses: Sexual, destitute, abandoned, trafficked, from early marriages and out of incest on temporary custody.
- We will admit both boys & girls regardless of religion
- We will admit boys & girls from the ages of zero to 17
- The children will be placed through the children’s department in Kilifi District.
- Each child will have a protection and care committal order from the children’s court or a letter for temporary custody from the DCS.
- Emergency admissions will be determined by the availability of space.