Auntie, Isaak, and Shalom are a brother and sisters trio who have been in TST residential care for nearly 4 years now. Their mother passed away during the birth of their youngest sister Hope, who was born prematurely. At that time, Hope entered our 1-to-1 care program at the Nkoaranga Orphanage, where she tragically passed away at the age of 10 months. At the time of their mother’s death, Auntie (age 6) and Isaak (age 7) were placed in residential care at the Happy Family Children’s Village. Shalom, who was only 2 years old, joined the toddler class at the Nkoaranga Orphanage. Because the children were so young when their mother passed away, entering residential care allowed their father to continue working and providing for his 4 oldest children, who were still living with him at home.
Over the years, Auntie, Isaak, and Shalom have maintained a close relationship with their loving father and their siblings. They visited each other frequently and the kids would stay with their father for school holidays.
We are incredibly excited to say that now that the kids are older and that their father is in a better place financially, Auntie, Isaak, and Shalom have returned to live with their father, step mother, and older siblings permanently. Thanks to our Family Preservation Program, this family is whole again. Words cannot express how incredibly joyful we are over this reunification!
What happens after a family is reunified?
Our relationship doesn’t end once we successfully reunify a child with his or her family! Following this milestone, the TST outreach team continues to conduct home visits in order to ensure that the transition is smooth, and that the children remain in a stable, safe and loving environment. We also continue to provide education support to the children as needed — doing everything we can to enable the family to grow stronger and more independent day by day.