The administration of Hope and Homes for Children (HHC) says the process of transferring children from centres to families is going smoothly except for some limitations especially children who feel they are more comfortable staying in orphanage instead of families.
During the gathering with local leaders, security councils and justice councils, the director of HHC Claudine Nyinawagaga said their main limitation is preparing children to go into families when they prefer children centres more.
Nyinawagaga explains the concept of many people saying children in centres live a comfortable life. Though children in centres eat well and attain education, they need to learn love and family values and working experience in families.
According to the research conducted by HHC, 60% of the children in orphanages have both parents and close relatives which do not want them. Transferring children from orphanage centres back to their families is one of the solutions agreed upon by the ministers’ meeting as per 16th.March.2012 and this program is set to last for 2 years.
Hope and Homes for Children and National Children Council (NCC) say they have already involved experts to prepare children and the families that will receive them on this transfer program.
The transfer process involves a lot and cannot be rushed like learning about a child, finding his/her family, learning about the family, deciding on transferring the child, preparing the child as well as the family, transferring the children and following hi/her up.
The transferred child is given some money at least Rwf3000 and they keep visiting him to find out if the child is interacting well with the family and if his life is worth being in that family.