" The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them." Psalm 145:18-19
Street Children Resettlements
After developing trusting relationships with our social workers and staff at the street program, street children often open up and admit that coming to the streets was a mistake. They want to go back home. When a child is taken back home, the child and their family is counseled and regularly followed up on by an API social worker.
When resettling a child, we try to learn the reason why the child ran to the streets. If the problem was because of poverty, then we try our best to help financially empower the family. Each family situation is different, so help can come in a variety of the ways below:
Paying for school fees and school supplies for the child
Supplying the child and family with basic home needs, such as a mattress, mosquito nets, soap, etc.
Starting a small business with a parent to create sustainability within the family
Starting an animal projects such as a pig or chicken project with the family
If the child is 16 or above and still below 4th grade in school, we look into providing for a vocational program
We have also developed a strong relationship with the local law enforcement who calls us with referrals when they find a child in need of finding their family.
Choosing to sponsor a resettled child would allow a boy to leave the streets and be once again a part of his family. It would also help to teach and provide for that family the means to take care of him, if needed. This boy would no longer need to work all day or fear for his safety. You are not only providing for a child, but for a family.
API Resettlement Stories
Dissan was resettled back with his grandmother, who is a Christian and loves him dearly. Dissan had run away from home because the family had run out of school fees for him to be able to finish Primary 7 (Junior High) and he went to the streets in search of a better life.
He didn't find it there and when given the opportunity to be resettled back with his family he was happy to go home. His grandmother was even happier to have him home, fearing that he had died on the streets.
Through the support of API in paying for school fees and school requirements, Dissan was able to finish Primary 7 and the national examinations. He will begin vocational school next year; he has chosen to study building and construction!
We started a pig project with him as a way for him to earn more money and will be placing him in a vocational school in his village next year! Way to go Dissan!
Joseph was resettled back with his family who were joyous to have him home. His family loves him and is able to pay for his school fees, but they needed a little help.
API provided Joseph with some needed items as home like a Bible, mattress and clothing and we started a pig project with his family so they can earn some extra money for their family. Joseph has settled in well with his family and we are so grateful that they are now back together!