Upendo Rehabilitation Center

Project achievements - summary

From July 2021, IDYDC rescue  32 CLWS (27 male, 5female) aged 7-17 and provide them with short term shelter and different sessions like one to one session, grouped counselling ,life skills session, Education  through COBET class . Among 32 CLWS who rescued were from street and others were from social welfare office. Out of  32 CLWS who rescued at Upendo rehabilitation centre 6 CLWS  were re-unified with  their respective families(4 female,2male) 3CLWS dropped out(3 male) remaining 23 CLWS(2 female,21 male)  still receiving social services like short term shelter, life skills session, hygiene session and education for more preparation to be re-unified with their families
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The above picture shows CLWS having lunch at the Upendo Rehabilitation Center dining room.

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The above are CLWS provided with short-term shelter at Upendo Rehabilitation Centre.

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Above picture shows CLWS participating in drawing competition.

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Access to HIV/AIDS services

In this quarter, 66 CLWS (66 male) attended Upendo Day Centre for accessing psychosocial support and informal life skills education. IDYDC center workers used different methodologies like sports and games in providing life skills sessions, building rapport in counseling children including one-to-one sessions, group discussions, art therapy. These activities aim on preparing children for reunification.

Provision of Safe Space/Rescue Centre’s to CLWS:  In this quarter, IDYDC rescue  32 CLWS (27 male, 5female) aged 7-17 and provide them with short term shelter and different sessions like one to one session, grouped counselling ,life skills session, Education  through COBET class.

Challenges;

  • Difficult to get truth (Reason: Nature of the Children living and working on the street (CLWS)). Plan for resolving challenges: Continue to build rapport with them, adding more on different activities such as picnic, visit other children home for exchanging program and experience, encourage of self-help group.
  • Poor attendance of CLWS in literacy class (COBET CLASS). Reason; Difficult environment they live in: Increasing encouragement and link CLWS with family workers for more follow-up. Increasing Awareness of CLWS by teaching them the importance of education in their life.

 

Success story

A SUCCESS STORY OF  IBRAHIM KABOGO  FROM  UPENDO  DROP-IN CENTRE:

Ibrahim Kabogo is a boy of 15  years who were living in Kidabaga Iringa. Ibrahim was born in Iringa living with his mother Otavina Luisa. He is a firstborn in a family of two children. He left school in 2019 when he was in standard six . The reason to drop out of school was a difficult life at home.

The life of Ibrahim was not good at home since his family faces some kind of hardest life at home, so Ibrahim decided to leave school and rushed to Iringa Kalenga where he started to work with Mama utilize as sever. He worked there all almost three months without any payment from his boss so because of this situation  Ibrahim left Kalenga to Iringa municipal where he started collecting scrap and selling it on the street. Ibrahim's dream is to improve the living condition of his family by working hard.

IDYDC street worker identified him and gave him all the needed services after one-to-one sessions and several counseling so they decided to escalate the case to the Centre worker at Upendo Centre. The center workers of IDYDC gave care to Ibrahim regarding the required services such as re-enrolling him to complimentary Basic Education in Tanzania (COBET class) and for now, Ibrahim is attending the COBET class. Another thing which center worker observed to Ibrahim after being rescued to Upendo center is he need to be reunified with his family

The case was escalated to the family workers of IDYDC, family workers traced his family and build rapport with him, provide one to one counselling as a result a child decided to be reunified with his family and for now a child is living with his family while a family worker proceeds with follow up and still on an arrangement to link him in VETA for mechanic training.