HOME FROM HOME
UNICEF reports that South Africa is the country hardest hit by HIV/AIDS worldwide. This HIV/AIDS crisis has both compounded the risks faced by children and tragically increased the number of those at risk. Together with unemployment and poverty, the number of orphaned and vulnerable children in the country has swelled. In 2005, the number of orphans was estimated at 2.5 million and it is expected to double by 2015.
Currently the majority of alternative care placements in South Africa are in large institutions, an environment that is not adequately equipped to provide individualized care for the children and carries additional risks.
In 2005, Home From Home began providing supported and supervised community-based foster care for children in need. Orphaned, abused, neglected, and vulnerable children are taken into their network of small, family homes in disadvantaged communities in South Africa. They currently provide 36 homes across fifteen communities, with a capacity for 200 children. Over half of the children are HIV+.
Home From Home was built upon a philosophy that a small family unit with a dedicated foster mother or parents, and no more than six children, is the next best place for children who cannot be cared for by their own biological families. Children in this program grow up in their home communities and culture, and where their home language is spoken. The ultimate hope is that one day each child will be reunited with their biological families. If sadly that is not the case, Home From Home aims to have provided them with the necessary grounding to lead healthy and successful lives.
This program prioritizes the individual needs of each child and creates opportunities for them to become valuable members of society through a holistic approach that includes individual treatment plans, therapeutic assistance, assistance with educational needs, and excellent health care.
In 2006, Wellspring International provided funding to construct our first house with Home From Home. Funding for two additional homes followed in 2007 and 2008. In 2010 – 2013, Wellspring provided funding for the salary of a full-time social worker, and a vehicle to allow for regular home visits, as well as support for additional homes. In 2013, Wellspring was also able to provide funding for construction, painting and the purchase and installation of technological infrastructure at their new office along with equipping items for two new homes. In 2014, Wellspring provided support for two full-time social workers.
This year, Wellspring International aims to provide a grant of $76,314 USD to support the running costs of office/administration, vehicle, direct staff, communications, repairs and maintenance and funds for an operations salary contribution for one of their homes.
Please contact us for more information regarding this significant project.
“We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
HOME FROM HOME
February ‘06 – Present