Tushinde - Kenya
Outreach programme for young people
Tushinde Children’s Trust believes the best place for children to grow up is with their own families by providing tailored family care and education to children from the poorest families in the Nairobi slums
Tushinde, which means ‘we are succeeding’ in Swahili, was started in 2010 in response to the observation that vulnerable families with complex needs are often unable to access services provided by larger organisations and fall through the net into a never-ending cycle of destitution.
Tushinde’s programme works with a team of qualified and committed social workers to create a clear, tailored pathway out of poverty for families living in urban informal settlements. Working intensively with families, particularly when the children are young, can have positive benefits on that family and on the wider community. These are often the families where the children leave school with little education, end up on the streets, have their own children too young and perpetuate a cycle of poverty. Every child has a right to grow up with his or her family and that all steps should be taken to keep children out of institutions.
With ALMT’s support, Tushinde would like to extend their programme of family support to specifically target over 100 children and young people (>14 yrs old) from these disadvantaged families by offering tailored interventions aimed at enabling them to aspire to a brighter future, free from poverty. The project will offer beneficiaries individual tailored support to assess and address the following eight areas; Physical health; Where you live; Being safe; Relationships; Feelings and behaviour; Friends; Confidence & self-esteem and Education & learning. As well as individual work, Tushinde would also offer youth group forums, consultation and advocacy with local partner organisations and access to vocational training. Tushinde would also have monitoring and evaluation element to ensure the work is having an impact.
- To identify young people (youth aged 14 - 18) on the programme at risk of school dropout, family breakdown, unplanned pregnancies, involvement in drugs, alcohol and crime as well as prostitution and gangs.
- To engage and empower them in making positive choices for their future.
- 8 Social Workers will be trained by external consultant
- Tushinde will recruit a Social Worker / Counsellor to take the lead with the project
- Tushinde will develop a community map of services supporting youths in Mathare / Kiambiu.