Our work with children and families
Jump to: The drop-in centres are busy places!
Jump to: Advocacy work / Our staff team
Chisomo’s work with children living and working on the streets is based from its drop-in centres – one in Blantyre and one in Lilongwe.
From these centres, staff go out on to the streets to find the children, establish contact and begin to engage with them.
Once a trusting rapport is built, then staff can explain about Chisomo and the services available to the children.
This enables the children to make positive choices and better access their basic human rights to safety, health, education, safe family and a future with hope.
Chisomo works in collaboration with and takes referrals from the Malawi Police and Victim Support Units, the Social Services Department and other NGOs and churches.
Chisomo has recently re-established its “diversion” programme where children in conflict with the law can be diverted from the legal system, and be able to return home and be monitored by the staff to ensure their progress at school, thus keeping them out of the criminal justice system.
In accordance with the constitution of Malawi and International best practice, Chisomo staff always explore first the possibility of children returning to their own biological family or extended family, as long as this is safe to do so.
Older children are helped to look at wider options that might include education, vocational training or on the job training with the aim that they move to independent living and become productive and useful citizens of Malawi.
The drop-in centres are busy places!
The children can find a safe place to sleep, good nutritious food, medical care, catch-up education, life-skill lessons and most importantly, a social worker to talk to and discuss their concerns with as well as work out a plan for the future.
And best of all – a place where children can be children again and have some fun and recreation and sports!
Advocacy work / Our staff team