Assistance to Youth at Risk
On 14 January, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the Ebola epidemic that had plagued West Africa since 2014. Undoubtedly, the resurgence of some outbreaks was foreseen by the WHO, but the real problem right now is not a resumption of infections, but rather the situation that the virus leaves behind in the three countries. In Sierra Leone alone there are about 12,000 children orphaned by the virus.
The primary objective is to stabilise the young people after their reintegration into the extended family, into school and leisure-time activities. Apart from psycho-social aids, therapeutic care grants that the young person be healed comprehensively.
The target group comprises 58 former children and youths from the Interim Care Centre between the age of 4-17 years as well as their (extended) families and their surroundings.
- the young people live in 33 families (see annex: participants).
- 31 are boys, 27 girls.
- 38 have lost both parents and 14 one parent by the Ebola epidemic.
- 22 of the children in care had to move due to the epidemic.
- 9 children could be restored to one parent or both.
- 49 children live with relatives or foster families that have their own children to care for, too.
Psycho-therapeutic care for young people
- Regular individual counselling.
- Group work at once-a-year regional conferences (Freetown, Makeni, Port Loko).
- Exchange of experiences at a three-day annual conference.
- Scientific monitoring of the young peoples‘ developments.
Support measures for the families
- Monthly family visits.
- Psycho-social support and ensuring the primary basic needs.
- Strengthening of the legal guardians‘ duty of care.
- Mediation and counselling offers for families in crises.
Education-relevant measures for pupils
- Monthly school visits.
- Ensuring school attendance by support measures.
Additional aids for young people and their families
- Monthly food supply.
- Primary health care.
- Support in clothing.
- Further needs-based financial support (rents, etc.).
Documentation of the scope of service
- Documentation of the individual counselling, family and school visits.
- Drawing up and continuing individual aid plans.
- Documentation of socio-educational diagnoses and therapies.
- Weekly team sessions and collegial consulting.