We believe children deserve to be in a family.
Our Social Work Team have been very successful tracing children’s extended families and resettling them. Growing up in their family means they will grow up with a sense of belonging and identity.
What we’ve discovered is that the extended family members we do manage to trace usually live miles away from Kampala. We’ve created a map which we’ll keep updating so you can see for yourself how far we go to reunite children with their families.
We always do follow ups to ensure they are safe and thriving in their family and continue to monitor them for a year or until we are confident the child is safe which means on average our social workers and family support team travel over 4000 kms per month which costs us around £645 on fuel a month.
So far we have resettled and placed 65 children into families which we are so proud about but our new community care pilot will mean even more children will be placed into families and there will come a point when we cannot do it all.
Last month we resettled a little chap back into his extended family in Kisoro on the border of the Congo, 491 kms away from Malaika Babies Home which would mean a thousand mile round trip to check up on him.
They have very kindly agreed to regularly check up on his progress and send us social work reports on a monthly basis.
This is a long shot but we need to find more organisations like Potters Village to create a network to ensure children we place into families are safe. If you know any organisations outside of Kampala who have a great social work team and would like to discuss being part of this network please do get in touch.
Together we can.