To keep the children off the street, they spend, in addition to attending the public school, half a day in the project centre. What we offer to the children is plenty: Hot meals, tutoring classes, hygiene and health care, creative and technical activities, computer classes, access to a library, excursions and sports, counselling and support for family members. READ MORE
TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR WHOLE FAMILIES
We support our adolescent students in their vocational training until they stand on their own feet. We also support the families of our children: 100 mothers and nursing mothers were able to complete training which taught them how to become financially independent with a business activity. The families are regularly visited by an employee of ORE. He/she provides them with advice and monitors the welfare of the children.
HOME FOR ORPHANED CHILDREN
Whenever possible, we try to look after the children in their own families. If this is not an option because the children are for example orphans, they can have a home in one of our houses.
At present there is a larger home for younger children including some very small children whom the Government requested to be taken in by the project. Another provides care for HIV+ orphans; another for adolescent females aged 15-20, including blind females, and another for adolescent males. In this way ORE provides care through its home based services for blind students, boys and girls.
The houses are organized on the basis of family structures. A social mother, or social father at the boy’s house, takes care of the children with the older ones taking responsibility for the little ones. The children get support and care 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The aim is to offer the children the best possible opportunity to live in a home similar to a family. All houses are rented by Operation Rescue.
Christina and Marciano Teixeira moved in 1997 to Ethiopia. Marciano was working in a children’s home, while Christina raised their two boys. Marciano saw that poverty among the population was huge and Christina was confronted with the inhuman conditions in which the poorest children had to live. READ MORE